Sunday, October 16, 2016

Quote-Tastic ~ Sutherland Scandal Series by Anna Bradley

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The Sutherland Scandals!


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The young, naive innocent who dared to challenge an outrageous rogue of an Earl. From the moment they met the chemistry jumped off the page!

I laughed, grieved, desired, raged and fell in love right along with Delia.

Alec was a little bit more of an ass than I'd like but, it worked for the storyline.

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A tantalizing new Regency romance filled with the most elegant society—and the most forbidden desires…
England, 1811.
Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family’s scandalous past and join high society. Unwilling to upset her sister, Delia reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the Sutherland estate—and avoid the gossip at all costs.

Alec Sutherland is known as a hot-headed scoundrel, but nothing gets a rise out of him as much as the news that his brother desires Delia’s hand in marriage. She is, after all, the daughter of the London belle who soiled their family name. He’s determined to ruin her reputation as well, in the most delicious way possible. It’s only a matter of time before he can woo her with his irresistible advances.

As Delia devilishly plays along in Alec’s game, determined to prove the joke is on him, they inch ever closer to repeating history. And in this game of seductive glances, scandalous whispers, and old debts, the outcome might be much more than either of them anticipated…


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Sometimes men are asses. Sometimes men are clueless.

Robyn is both all the Time! He literally cares about no one. He's always disappointing his mother, brother, and sisters. He's the essential indolent rogue.

Then he pulls Lily into his arms and his life changes.

It's not a 180 but a slow progression. A VERY SLOW progression.

Lily likes everything in order. She feels safe when things are in there proper places. Robyn likes to bring out the , other Lily, the one with passion and courage.

In the end, Robyn becomes a caring, yet still wicked man. Lily opens up to be her true self.

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Anna Bradley, author of  A Wicked Way to Win an Earl, continues her Sutherland Scandals series with a tantalizing new Regency romance filled with opulence, elegance, and forbidden desire...

Lily Somerset’s plan for the London season is simple: courtship, marriage to a respectable gentleman, then the comfortable existence of a proper Lady. That is, until one tiny misstep leaves Lily on the edge of social ruin, forcing her to depend on a wicked rogue to save her reputation.

Robyn Sutherland doesn’t save reputations—he sullies them. He'd rather be drawn and quartered than find himself spending the season as Lily's escort. But he has no choice but to stay until her tattered standing is mended.

What begins as a ruse to deceive London soon flames into an uncontrollable passion. Robyn calls to the wild spirit that lurks beneath Lily’s prim exterior, and Lily awakens the hero’s heart within Robyn. But can these unlikely lovers trust themselves enough to let desire overrule reason?

 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

@Tastybooktours Giveaway ~ A Fool For You by Katee Roberts



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It’s been thirteen years since Hope Moore left Devil’s Falls, land of sexy cowboys and bad memories. Back for the weekend, she has no intention of seeing the man she never got over…or the two of them getting down and dirty. It’s just a belated goodbye, right? No harm, no foul.
Until six weeks later, when her pregnancy test comes back positive…

Daniel Rodriguez hasn’t forgiven himself for how things went down with Hope all those years ago. He knows she’s better off without him, but when she shows up on his doorstep, panicking because she’s pregnant with his baby, he can’t help seeing it as a chance to make up for the past.

Too bad Hope has no intention of going along with his plans.

 

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Hope shook her head. “You’re as much an idiot now as you were then.”


And then she kissed him.


It caught him a little off guard—he hadn’t expected her to be the one to make the first move, especially after the way the scene in the bathroom had gone down—but Daniel wasted no time taking control. He kissed down her neck, sliding his hands beneath her shirt and skating them up to her body to cup her breasts. They filled his palms, familiar and yet not, all at the same time. He cursed. “Gorgeous Darling, the things you do to me.” He nipped her collarbone. “I’m going to taste you, so if you’re going to change your mind, now’s the time to do it.”


Her only response was to shove her yoga pants down to her knees.


He lifted her onto the counter and disentangled her right leg from the pants so he could spread her fully. He stroked her thighs, pausing when his fingers met the scar. It brought up so many conflicting feelings in him. It was his fault that she had the damn thing, but that didn’t mean he thought of her as less, the way she seemed to think. She was as beautiful now as she’d been at eighteen, and more confident despite her injury. Or maybe because of it. He had no idea.


All he knew was that at some point he was going to have to get up close and personal with her healed injury, and he was going to have to tread very, very carefully to avoid burning what was left of the bridge between him and Hope.


“If you apologize, I might actually kick you.”


That snapped him out of it. As much as he wanted Hope, he had an ulterior motive for pushing her now. All getting distracted by her leg was going to do was fuck up his chance of convincing her to stay, in his house and in his bed. He jerked her to the edge of the counter, spreading her thighs wider. “Don’t scream. You’ll upset Ollie.”


And then he did what he’d been fantasizing about ever since he walked out of her life. Daniel dipped his head and gave her center one long lick. She tasted better than he remembered, her body already shaking for him, so he used his thumbs to part her folds and licked her again, reacquainting himself with every inch of her.


“Oh.”


He looked up her body to find her head thrown back and her chest rising and falling with each harsh breath. “Take off your shirt.”


Hope wasted no time obeying, dragging the material over her head and tossing it away. And then there was nothing hiding her body from his gaze. He licked her again, savoring the way she shook. A tattoo curling around the bottom of her ribs caught his eye, but he was too distracted to read it.


He was tired of teasing her. He wanted to feel her orgasm again, to know she was coming apart at the seams because of him. Daniel sucked her clit into his mouth, stroking the sensitive little nub with the flat of his tongue the way she’d always loved. Sure enough, before he had a chance to truly savor her, Hope cried out his name and shuddered, her thighs squeezing his head as she came. He gentled his touches, licks turning to kisses, turning to the slightest brushing of his lips against her. Only when she stopped shaking did he raise his head. “Stay, at least until we figure out what we’re doing.”


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Monday, October 10, 2016

First in Series ~Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch ~ Blog Tour




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“Ye arenae pleasant.” With that she turned on her heel to march up the gravel path between the cottages.


He followed her. “Very well. ‘Pleasant’ is the wrong word. But tell me, Miss Blackstock, have you thought about our kiss? Did you dream about it? I did.”


“If I’d done such a thing, which I didnae, I’d call it a nightmare. Nae a dream.”


“I might believe you,” he returned, not bothering to hide his grin, “if you hadn’t brought me trousers last night.”


“And how is that, precisely?” “Me being unable to dress and leave the bedchamber would have benefited you, according to the nonsense you’ve been spitting in my direction. You did something counter to your own best interest, and in favor of mine.”


“I gave ye the clothes before ye kissed me, if ye’ll recall.”


“I recall every moment. Do you?”


“What do ye—”


“I jumped into the mud to save your life. In return, you sent me into a bog,” Gabriel stated. “And I only came up here in the first place because you threatened murder. I have two other estates with stewards whose letters and accounts seemed perfectly reasonable. I let them be.”


She glanced over her shoulder at him. “I told ye that ye’d have yer figures.”


Most of the women of his acquaintance were camp followers— the occasional officer’s wife, but mainly washerwomen, seamstresses, and the lightskirts who made a living off frightened young lads away from home and facing death. She was nothing like any of them. Every time he set eyes on her he recalled how she’d looked with her muddy muslin clinging to her curves, and he could taste her mouth again.


“You have me interested in different figures,” he returned. “You’re a conundrum.”


“Because I brought ye trousers and I tried to kill ye in a bog? Ye’re a madman.”


Now that amused him. “I don’t mean to insult you, but people far more skilled than you have attempted to murder me, and in far more lethal ways.”


“Aye? What ways?” This time a twinkle danced in her black eyes.


Almost before his mind could grasp the fact that she’d just jested with him, Gabriel stepped forward, nudging her back against the rough cottage wall directly behind her, and held her there with his forearm across her chest. He took her mouth, warm and soft and tasting of tea. And this time he was certain she kissed him back. “You seem more lethal already,” he murmured, teasing at her lips again, then stepping back before she could shove him away. Strategy.


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Hero ~ Major Gabriel Forrester is the "Beast of Busscaco", a commendable war soldier.  I like the fact that he realized very fast that Fiona was a smart, capable woman.  I didn't like [spoiler]that he continued to kiss her after he heard her kiss the gamekeeper. He should have asked straight up if she was with someone before he pursued her.[/spoiler]  He had a hard time adjusting to civilian life and learning to treat his tenants differently then he would treat his soldiers.


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Gabriel is used to leading his soldiers into the trenches.When he discovers he's inherited a dukedom, his plan is to see to his estates and rejoin his men as fast as possible. It takes him more than 60% of the book to realize that as a duke he could not go on with life as before.

Fiona cares deeply for her fellow clansmen and does whatever she can to protect them. I just felt she started off as a strong character, then developed into a whiny, untrustworthy person, until right at the end.

Their relationship seemed more about lust than love throughout the book. I never got the feeling that there was much love between them until it was blinked into existence at the end of the book.  The storyline was great, I just didn't feel enough for the characters to really stick with the book until over halfway through it. Not one of Ms. Enochs best books.

It was great to read a book that had the heroine be the "highlander" and the hero be the "Sassonach".


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WILD AT HEART
Scotland, 1812:

He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

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     For a moment she considered going back into the storage room and pulling some more of the strings, after all. Something was bound to frighten him. She’d like nothing better than to see him fleeing shirtless into the night— and only because shirtless meant he’d panicked. Not because he looked fi t and muscular and she hadn’t minded at all taking a gander at him, scars and all. No, that would be ridiculous. Her, thinking carnal thoughts about a Sassenach simply because he thought them about her.

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     As she’d said, they needed to make certain that this duke would leave of his own accord and, just as importantly, never wish to return. His arrival had set the household— and the countryside—on its ear, and yes, that seemed to be her fault. She’d decided not to let a nose- in- the- air solicitor order her about, and apparently that had consequences. She should have known better, but no one had bothered to be concerned about Lattimer until the old duke’s death had revealed that his own solicitors hadn’t done their jobs. Her lack of cooperation, though, meant that no one had felt it necessary to inform her either that a new duke had been found, or that he was heading north for a visit.

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     First thing in the morning she needed to go speak with Oscar Ritchie. The head groom at least knew of Major Forrester, which was more than she or anyone else she’d encountered could claim. The more information she had, the easier it would be to form a strategy to be rid of the new duke before he could make things worse than they already were. Before he could kiss her again and she forgot how much she was supposed to dislike him.

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     Her mind centered on how to best be rid of this large, troublesome Englishman, and her drifting thoughts swirled about a fresh bullet scar on a muscular arm, an assessing pair of light gray eyes, and a mouth that seemed almost cruel until he grinned. And when he kissed her . . . Now she didn’t know whether to fall asleep and dream about him, or stay awake to think about him all night. Blast it all.

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     Before him, stretching out over perhaps half a hundred miles, lay the Scottish Highlands. The land directly beyond Lattimer’s formal gardens sloped off gently to the shore of a vast blue lake that curved to the east out of sight beyond a cluster of tumbled ruins on the rocky bank. Trees edged down to the western shore and up the hill beyond, with patches of purple heather and thistle carpeting open meadows. Beyond the lake, rough, rock- tumbled hills lifted into craggy white mountains which stood starkly silhouetted by the rising sun.

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    Of all the places he’d been in the world, of all the things he’d seen, this . . . humbled him. Belatedly two things occurred to him: he didn’t know the name of the lake, and most of what he could see belonged to him.

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     He’d known since he’d first donned a uniform that he was made for war. The idea of people trying to kill him, the violence, the cold and the heat, the long days of battle and the longer nights of waiting for the battle to come—he relished the things that broke other men. He was accustomed to responsibility and command, but owning land, being responsible for people who carried rakes and hoes rather than muskets and rifles, fell so far out of his realm of expertise he couldn’t even sight it over the horizon.

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     Gabriel took a slow breath. He knew battle. And Lattimer had just become his battleground. If he looked at it that way, the castle was his command tent. The Highlands was his battlefield, and the Highlanders were either his troops, or the enemy’s. In the next few days he would have to decide which, and then act based on that fact. As he turned to finish dressing, he caught sight of a lone figure strolling through the garden in the direction of the stables. Even with a heavy coat and a sturdy hat jammed low on her dusky hair, he recognized Fiona Blackstock. From that attire she was either dressed to go riding, or to rob a mail coach. Though the latter would certainly be an interesting twist, he had to assume she meant to trot off somewhere out of his reach.

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     Every good victory came with a prize, and she would be his. That didn’t mean, however, that he was going to let her make more trouble while she was here. If she thought riding out early would keep her clear of him or give her the opportunity to gather reinforcements, she didn’t know him at all. In addition, somewhere between the mudhole and the drawing room she’d learned his name, and before he’d given it to her. Someone here knew him, and he needed to figure out who that was. Not because he had anything to hide, but because this campaign looked to be about strategy and leverage. He needed to know who stood on the field of battle.

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Quote-Tastic ~ Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

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I have always loved this series! Adventure and excitement abound in this one! Abigail is a very strong heroine. She's already gone through a lot and that's before she sees Tomasso locked in a cage!

No freakouts for this girl, well... not too much anyway! Tomasso is somewhat silly though and Luciano is back with his bad ass self. OH and there is a new person added... Mama Argeneau strikes again!

What is with this doctor? Do Tomasso and his team end it or does it continue?



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In a sizzling new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, an impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity.

Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival…a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.

Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Holiday Read ~ Christmas in Eternity Springs ~ Mr. Mistletoe


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Heroine ~ Claire "Miss Christmas" Branham, she runs the little holiday shop, Forever Christmas. After years of lost Christmases, she took a chance and opened her heart, only to be crushed by betrayal.   Will she ever be able to open her heart again?  [br]

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Hero ~ Jax "Mr. Mistletoe" Lancaster, a single father, former Navy submariner, has come to Eternity Springs for the sake of his son. He becomes the towns' handyman. His heart has suffered as well, can he learn to trust again?

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In this book, there are three people who need to heal. They have successes and setbacks, but ultimately, with the power of love and Eternity Springs, they do indeed heal. I love how the romance was truly slow, they learned to be friends before lovers, even though their aim was to be a "Mistletoe Fling".  There is always subtle hint of the power of prayer and angels in this series and this one had more than a subtle hint, being as Claire has a whole "Angel Room" in her shop.


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Can Miss Christmas find her spirit again?

After a devastating betrayal, Claire Branham packs up the pieces of her life, along with a twenty-million-dollar secret, and moves to Eternity Springs. She opens a specialty shop—Forever Christmas—and, with the help of a surprise romance with the town’s sexy new handyman, Claire’s heart begins to heal. Until her past comes knocking…

Jax Lancaster never questioned the need to abandon his career as a Navy submariner in order to care for his young son in the wake of his ex-wife’s death. Desperate to help with this loss, Jax straps on a tool belt to give Nicholas the one thing he wants: A life in Eternity Springs. What Jax never expected to find a second chance at love with a fascinating woman for whom Christmas has become a business. But when the truth about Claire threatens their newfound happiness, can Jax prove to her that in Eternity Springs, the spirit of Christmas is real. . .and will last a lifetime?

Christmas in Eternity Springs is the twelfth installment in Emily March's acclaimed Eternity Springs series.

 



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In her apartment, he discovered she’d been busy since making the decision to move to Three Bears Valley.


“That’s a lot of boxes.”


“I know. I’m not quite sure how I’ve accumulated so much stuff. My closets aren’t that big. Of course, most of the boxes are filled with books.”


“That sound is my back groaning.”


She glanced at him in alarm. “You don’t have to help, Jax. I planned to hire some—”


He cut off her protest by placing his index finger against her lips. Her full, soft, cherry- red lips. His voice rough, he said, “I was teasing.”


She’d gone still. The pulse at her neck visibly fluttered.


Jax recognized that he’d made a mistake by touching her.


However, now that he’d done it, he couldn’t seem to stop.


He allowed his finger to slide, stroking her bottom lip back and forth. Her mouth fell open. Back and forth. “Do you like to be teased, Miss Christmas?”


“No. Yes. It depends,” she replied, her voice low and breathy.


Jax chuckled softly. “ You’re quite a tease yourself.”


“Why do you say that?”


Had she swayed toward him as she spoke? Maybe so.


“You have mistletoe hung from every doorway in the building.”


“That’s not t- t- teasing. It’s marketing.” Her gaze was locked on his mouth. “Customers who shop with their significant others tend to love it. They linger.”


He lifted his free hand to her waist. “I like to linger.”


“You do?”


“Oh, yeah.” He pulled her closer. “I’ve been thinking about lingering since last July.”


“You have?”


“You ask a lot of questions, Miss Christmas.”


“I’m curious.”


“ You’re delicious.”


“How do you know?” she challenged. “You haven’t kissed me.”


“Now, you have a point right there. But like I said, I like to linger.”


He tilted her face up to him and finally . . . finally . . . lowered his mouth to hers.


Jax hadn’t kissed a woman in a very long time, and he wanted to savor the experience, so he lingered as promised. He nipped and nibbled and leisurely explored, banking the rising heat her response triggered and keeping the moment within the bounds of a totally appropriate first kiss.


So when it suddenly caught fire, it caught him by surprise. He wasn’t aware of backing her against the wall. He didn’t consciously tug the tie of her apron and free the knot, then slip his hand beneath her blouse to skim across the downy softness of her skin. She tasted of peppermint—


of course she does, she’s Miss Christmas— and smelled of cinnamon and made him ache. For sex, oh, yeah, definitely for sex, but also for something more.


For home.

For hearth.

For love.

Whoa. That last was just what he needed to shock himself out of the sensual haze into which he’d fallen. He shifted his hands back to safer territory and broke the kiss, lifting his head and gazing down into her upturned face.


The vision of her lips pink and wet and swollen from his kiss proved irresistible. He needed one more taste, so he dove in again.


The one more taste became a second taste and then a third. Only when it threatened to flare out of control completely was he able to release her and take a step back. For a long minute, they gazed at one another in a bit of a daze. When Jax finally found his voice, he said, “Wow. You pack


a punch, Miss Christmas.”


The slow smile that spread across her face was as sweet as a candy cane. “That’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me in a very long time.”


“That kiss is the nicest thing I’ve shared with anyone in a very long time,” he responded honestly.


She opened her mouth to speak, but hesitated. A shadow crossed her face and her teeth nibbled at that sweet lower lip. “What’s wrong?” Jax asked.


“I just . . . well . . . this is probably the absolutely wrong thing to say. Way too presumptive. But . . . after my last romantic disaster, I promised myself . . . you see . . . expectations are a dangerous thing. I don’t ever want anyone to think . . . I don’t want you to think . . .”


“Spit it out, Claire.”


“I like you, Jax. I really, really like you. And Nicholas, too. Like I said, I know this is presumptive, but I’d like to spend time with you. I’d like to share more . . .” She waved her hand about, obviously searching for a word. “More. But I’m not in the market for a relationship, and I want to be up- front about that.”


 

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Lady Bridget's Diary


Guardian and Wards! Carriage Accidents and Betrayal. Seduction and Revenge! Anna Harrington Brings it All in her debut novel, Dukes are Forever!


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A book based of of Bridget Jones's Diary!! LOVED IT!! Oh and Pride & Prejudiced too, I guess. I haven't read it...or watched it ...*Ducks and covers* I know I need to lol.

I loved the arrogant, stuffy Darcy! And the sweet innocent Bridget! I read this one on my Birthday.. Way back in March...I read it from cover to cover without stopping, such fun I was having!

I've since read the next one Chasing Lady Amelia.. but I much prefer this one! They can be read stand alone though!


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Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Swarthmore, than a little girl's fondness for dolls and lace. When he takes possession of his enemy's estate, everything that villain held dear—including his daughter—belongs to Edward. Hire a governess, arrange a dowry, give a few reassurances, and be off on his way—that's Edward's plan. But he's in for the shock of his life. For his new ward is a beautiful, impetuous, and utterly irresistible woman...

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Kate Benton is stunned. Who is this arrogant, infuriating man who's invited himself into her home and taken over her life? Her vow: to do everything in her power to convince him to leave her—and Brambly House—alone. Yet as chilly days melt into sultry nights, Kate sees glimpses of kindness underneath Edward's cool fa├žade . . . and a passionate nature that takes her breath away. There's so much she doesn't know about this man. But does she dare trust this devilish duke with her heart?

 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Drive You Wild (Love Between the Bases #3) by Jennifer Bernard



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I loved Caught by You and was really looking forward to this one! I knew there was more to bad boy Trevor than what we thought!! Maybe because I just read It Had to Be You by SEP, it really reminded me of her fun writing style. There was a similar situation in it but I loved Jennifer's take on it!

Trevor and the boss's daughter!! ;) I know why he was so resistant to moving up to the big leagues but darn it!! If that Coach couldn't tell that he was sabotaging himself on purpose.. GRR.. Her mother ticked me off in the WORST way!! I was so proud of Paige!!!

 


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It’s game on for love in the third novel of USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard’s sexy, baseball-themed series.

Kilby Catfish left-fielder Trevor Stark is a ballpark legend. With his good looks, hitting records, and played-for-the-fans arrogance, Trevor makes women lose their minds and men lose their cool. But every time the major league team comes calling, Trevor purposely keeps himself in the tiny Texas town. Why is heart-tuggingly top secret. Until the team owner’s daughter comes to Kilby . . . trying everything up her sexy sleeve to make Trevor talk.

Divorced and disillusioned at twenty-four, Paige Mattingly Austin Taylor is suddenly starting fresh as an intern at Catfish Stadium. She should want nothing to do with the sinfully hot ballplayer her dad warned her to stay away from. But when she discovers what Trevor is hiding from everyone, she realizes there’s much more to him than his face and multi-million-dollar arm. There’s a heart she seriously hopes to win.

 

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis ~ Tour boat captain heroine!!


First in a new series!!! It's Jill Shalvis but not small town!! We are in San Francisco!! :)


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I was looking forward to a new small town romance by Jill Shalvis. While this isn't one of those, it was a darn good book!! Which, no wonder.... Jill Shalvis!!??

That being said, Finn was so HOT!! Oh my word! Pru seemed a little stalkerish at first but because this one has a BIG SECRET... it's explained. Their relationship had the typically delicious banter, quirky humor and heated romance, for which Jill is known.

I especially loved that she was a tour boat captain! Such an unusual job! The secondary characters are always interesting, because we just know we'll get their stories soon!!!


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Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .

 

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Quote-Tastic Review ~ Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt



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This is why I adore the Maiden Lane series! Valentine Napier holds a special place in my heart.


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Val is one sneaky, underhanded hero! Elizabeth Hoyt knows just how to take a hero and make him unique! He's been the bad boy in the past few books so it's going to take quite a bit to redeem him in my eyes. He's got his sister's loyalty, or he did until he went too far in the previous books. He must have done something good in his life, right?

When you read this story you'll fall for him, hook, line and sinker. I've read dozens of books since I first read this one and still he holds a place in my heart.

Bridget Connors is working as a spy of a sort, for someone Val has been blackmailing. She thwarts him at every turn. There is nothing better to get his attention then to one this devilish Duke. She holds her own with him and it is refreshing to see.

When she needs him the most, though, he goes to bat for her and that right there is a hell of a man.

As you can tell Valentine Napier holds a special place in my heart. I could read his story over and over and over again! Those Lord's of Chaos need to be taken down and ripped from limb to limb. such a fascinating book!


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A MAN OF SIN

Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.

A WOMAN OF HONOR

Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery's household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.

A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY THEM BOTH

Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can't resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

@Tastybooktours Review & Giveaway ~ An Enchanted Spring


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I've been waiting on this forever! Celebrity Gossip in the 1800's?! Road Trip Romance! Enemies to Lovers!



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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Guest Post with Jenna Sutton ~ When Music Tells a Story


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When Music Tells a Story


For some people, smells trigger memories. The sweet fragrance of vanilla might make you think of baking cookies with Nana or the salty, fresh scent of the ocean might remind you of your honeymoon.


For me, music triggers memories. When I hear Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” I’m no longer a grown-up with a mortgage and a never-ending to-do list, but a young girl dancing with my friends.


Music not only triggers memories, but it also defines generations. Baby Boomers, for example, likely have fond memories of listening to the Beatles, Elvis, and the Rolling Stones. When I was a teenager, I listened to Madonna’s “Material Girl” and “Like a Virgin” so much that I still know all the lyrics nearly three decades later.


In The Perfect Fit, the age difference between the hero and heroine is amplified by the music they like. And, they like different types of music too.


The twenty-five-year-old heroine, Margo Lange, listens to pop artists like The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars. The hero, Zeke May, is eleven years older than Margo, and he grew up listening to Guns ‘N Roses, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica.


Margo’s sunny, optimistic personality rubs off on Zeke, though… along with her taste in music. Despite his dislike of popular artists and songs, he finds himself humming her favorite songs like “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd.


Many authors—myself included—create playlists for their books. My playlists usually include songs that show up in the novel or remind me of the hero and heroine’s relationship. I also include tunes that I listened to while writing.


Here’s my playlist for The Perfect Fit. I’ve linked the song titles to the YouTube videos, and the entire playlist is available on Spotify by clicking here.




Artist                          Song Title


Alice in Chains           Heaven Beside You


Bruno Mars                 Uptown Funk


Guns ‘N Roses            You Could Be Mine


Demi Lovato               Heart Attack


Red Hot Chili Peppers Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie


Metallica                    Nothing Else Matters


Selena Gomez             Hands to Myself


Soundgarden               The Day I Tried to Live


Taylor Swift               Shake It Off


The Weeknd               Can’t Feel My Face



 

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I just want to add my short little opinion in here about The Perfect Fit! I thought Zeke was scrumptious and Margo is so damn sweet! They sure had a time of it with that ex-wife of his and the major age difference but they were definitely perfect for one another.

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Zeke May has spent the past two years recovering from an IED attack and trying to adjust to life as a civilian. The veteran hiring program at denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co. offers a new beginning. The only problem is the high cost of housing in San Francisco, and Margo Lange could be the perfect solution.

Now that Margo has completed veterinary school, she’s ready to fulfill her dream of living in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, she’s drowning in student loan debt and the only places she can afford are dumps. Luckily, one of her uncle’s Army buddies needs a roommate.
Although Zeke’s place is a perfect fit for Margo’s budget, he is not what she expects. He’s much younger than her uncle, and he’s melt-your-panties hot. She doesn’t want to fall for him, but it doesn’t take her long to realize that Zeke is the perfect fit for her, regardless of their age gap. Too bad he’s so obviously still in love with his ex-wife…

 

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

@Tastybooktours Review & Giveaway ~ Getting Wound Up @ErinNicholas & @Jen_Bernard


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I enjoyed my previous entree into the Love Between the Bases story about the Kilby Catfish, so how could I resist reading a crossover into Sapphire Falls?



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Caitlyn took her third shot. The look on her face as she swallowed the liqueur was adorable.


“How many more shots do you need?” she asked.


He frowned. “What?”


“Well, it took two to get you to kiss me. You just had your third. I’m wondering how many you need to take me to bed.”


He just stared at her. He blinked. He was pretty much raring to go right now, actually. “How many do you need?”


She gave him a smile that wasn’t a bit tipsy. And was fully seductive. “I didn’t need even one, Eli.”


It was like his cock was voice-activated.  All she’d done was talk and he was rock hard. “Damn, Cait.”


“You can’t be completely surprised.”


Was he surprised? That she was attracted to him? That she wanted to sleep with him?


Yeah, he fucking was. Because if his mind had ever even started to go in that direction, he would have shut it down.


“I don’t need anything to want you,” he said honestly. “I’m going to need a few more to get me past that.”


She took a long draw on her beer.  After she swallowed, she nodded. “Okay, well, I’m going to need two more to get to drunk-enough-to-fall-asleep-even-knowing-you’re-half-naked-in-the-next-bed and drunk-enough-to-not-even-get-up-in-the-night-for-the-bathroom.”


Ah yes, the bathroom last night. As if that had been far from his mind all day.


“Two more it is,” he agreed, even as his body screamed at him to shut the hell up.


If he kissed her again, if he kept going … well, from the look on Caitlyn’s face, they both knew where that was going to lead them.


She ate a fry and took a drink of beer, then licked her lips clean of the salt.


An image of her on her knees, those lips and that tongue wetting some other things, flashed through his mind. He coughed and shook his head.


Then she raised her hand to the waitress again. She held up two fingers and waved them between her and Eli.


The girl brought four more shots over and set them in the middle of the table.


Caitlyn picked one up. “Okay, moment of truth. We drink these shots and we go to the hotel, to two separate beds, and home to Sapphire Falls tomorrow as friends. Or we don’t take these shots and we go back to the hotel to one bed. And then go home to Sapphire Falls tomorrow as friends.”


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Eli Anderson - At nineteen he gave up his chance to go pro-baseball to quit college and come home to take care of his father after a horrible stroke. He's kept up his baseball  regime and still loves to throw pitches, even if its just duct tape to the stock boy in his family's hardware store. He's an honorable, sweet, loving son and a bit of a player.

 

Caitlyn Murray  - She is so dang cute!!! She's a confectioner that came home from school in Denver to take care of her older brother when he got put in a wheelchair part time. She reads the real estate section of the newspaper to Eli's dad, Chip, who is also in a wheelchair due to his stroke.

Eli and Caitlyn have been friends forever. Caitlyn is harboring a secret crush on Eli and Eli, while knowing how beautiful and curvy, Caitlyn is, he has never thought of her as anything other than his best friends little sister. All that changes when Bryan, Caitlyn's brother and Ty, their friend play matchmaker and have Caitlyn kidnap Eli to take him to Kansas City to try out for pro-baseball.

A little Yager, a little kissing, one hotel room and boom... friends to lovers!

I loved how we got to go into a little bit of Sapphire Falls and then a little bit of the Kilby Catfish. I haven't read any Sapphire Falls books but I will be reading them now. I'd love to see Bryan end up with his brunette. We get to see a  different side to sexy outfielder Trevor Stark.

All in all, it was a great read with some really fun sexy times and yummy pink icing!!

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Caitlyn Murray has never let on that she's had fantasies about her brother's friend Eli Anderson for years. She'd do anything for the sexy baseball player who walked away from stardom to stay in Sapphire Falls and take care of his family. But she and Eli are friends. Just friends.

 

So when her brother hatches a plan to get Eli to the pro baseball try-out for the Kilby Catfish and another chance at his dream, Caitlyn is all in. After all, what's a little kidnapping among friends?
A spot on the pitcher's mound for the Catfish isn't the only tempting thing about the spontaneous road trip. Eli already knows that Caitlyn is as sweet as the candies she makes for the Sapphire Falls bakery, but alone with her overnight in the tiny motel room in Kansas, it's impossible to resist the urge to take a little taste.

 

But when that taste leads to falling for the girl next door just as his front door is moving hundreds of miles away, can Eli really have it all? Or do they have too many strikes against them?

 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Review ~ Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis


Another funny, sexy, Jill Shalvis book!!


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In the latest Cedar Ridge novel, we are introduced to the elusive Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid. He's been gone for over 18 years with no communication with his family. His first day back some kooky woman, (heroine Sophie Morren) who procedes to puke on his shoes!

I love Sophie, she's a kick-ass woman who left her well-to-do husband and took nothing from him but his most prized possession... his boat. Doesn't matter she gets seasick, has no place to dock, has no money and is job searching!

Jacob is back because of a tragedy in his army life. He has come back to apologize to his family and recover from his grief. After 18 years he's going to find it's difficult to go home again and find peace. His twin, Hudson is very angry!

Sophie and Jacob are a hoot together, sexy and sweet and funny. Another great Jill Shalvis book! Can't wait for Kenna's story!


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SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

@Tastybooktours Review & Giveaway ~ The Forbidden Duke by Darcy Burke


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A story of redemption and second chances!



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 The library was not a small chamber, however it seemed somehow smaller tonight. Kendal’s presence seemed to invade every nook and inhabit every cranny, and Nora was nearly overcome with awareness. And nervousness.
She rushed to say something to put herself at ease. “I quite enjoy the Satterfields’ library.”
He paused, pivoting toward the bookcases that marched along one wall. “Do you? What are your favorites?”
Nora wondered what he’d think of her tastes, which ran the gamut from romantic novels to gothic tales to poetry to suspenseful narratives. “I have many. I’m afraid it’s difficult to choose.”
“What’s the last one you read then?”
She hesitated, but only briefly. “A romantic novel by Sarah Wilkinson.” Presumably, he’d find her tastes lacking.
“I’ve read all of her books.”
Nora looked up at him in surprise. “You read Sara Wilkinson?”
He gave her a sly look. “Perhaps you noticed that Lady Satterfield owns every title. She’s always had a penchant for such stories, and, in my youth, I read everything I could get my hands on. Everything.
Nora pressed her fingers to her mouth and giggled. “Do you like romantic novels?”
“I don’t dislike them. If I’m in a particular mood, I’ve been known to read three or four in a week.”
Her giggles turned to outright laughter. “The Forbidden Duke reads tawdry romances? What would the ton say?”
“I don’t give a damn what anyone says, but I suppose that would cause a stir.”
How lovely it must be not to care—not to have to care—what others said about you. “Everything you do causes a stir,” she said, her laughter dying down. “The novels would make you seem more human, however.” She inwardly winced at how awful that sounded. “Oh dear, please forgive me. I didn’t mean to infer you aren’t human.”
He took her hand and tucked her fingers beneath his coat, guiding her palm flat against his waistcoat directly over his heart. “You can feel that I am.”
Nora’s breath caught. She looked up at him, her gaze locking with his. “I never doubted it.”

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Spinster Miss Eleanor Lockhart is suddenly homeless and employment is her only option. Ruined after succumbing to a scoundrel’s excessive charm nearly a decade ago, she’s lucky to obtain a position as a paid companion and committed to behaving with the utmost propriety. She definitely shouldn’t be in the arms of a man capable of utterly destroying what little remains of her reputation...
Titus St. John, Duke of Kendal, is known as the Forbidden Duke, a mysterious, intimidating figure who enters Society just once each year at his stepmother’s ball. A decade ago, he was a devil-may-care rake until his idle roguery brought about the ruin of Eleanor Lockhart—and his resulting self-imposed isolation. Now she’s back, and she needs his help. But by “saving” her, he may just ruin her life all over again.

 

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Excerpt & #Giveaway An America in Scotland @Tastybooktours



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Rose MacIain is a beautiful woman with a secret. Desperate and at her wits' end, she crafts a fake identity for herself, one that Duncan MacIain will be unable to resist. But she doesn't realize that posing as the widow of the handsome Scotsman's cousin is more dangerous than she knew. And when a simmering attraction rises up between them, she begins to regret the whole charade.

Duncan is determined to resist the tempting Rose, no matter how much he admires her arresting beauty and headstrong spirit. When he agrees to accompany her on her quest, their desire for each other only burns hotter. The journey tests his resolve as their close quarters fuel the fire that crackles between them.

When the truth comes to light, these two stubborn people must put away their pride and along the way discover that their dreams of love are all they need.

 



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“Yes?”


The woman who opened the door was a matronly sort, dressed in a somber blue that nevertheless was a pleasant color for her complexion. Her smile was an easy one, as if she had long practice at being pleasant.


“May I help you?” she asked. “If you’re a friend of the missus, she’s dining with her family now. Like as not it’ll go on for a few hours. Do you need to see her?”


The smell of food wafted out of the house. Rose was so hungry she could define each separate scent: fish stew, freshly baked rolls, roast beef, and something that smelled like fruit cake.


Her stomach growled, as if she needed reminding she hadn’t eaten a real meal in two days.


“Mr. MacIain,” she said, pushing aside both her hunger and her fatigue. “Is he here? I need to see him.”


“You’ve business with Mr. Duncan? Well, he mostly transacts his business at the mill, miss. Wouldn’t it be better to call on him there?”


She didn’t know where the MacIain Mill was. She’d taken his home address from the letters he’d written Bruce.


“I’ve come from America,” she began, and had no more said those words than she was dragged into the house by her sleeve.


“Well, why didn’t you say so from the very first? From America? All that way? And here I let you stand on the doorstep. Is that your valise? And your carriage? We’ll take care of both right away.”


The woman, matronly only a moment ago, had turned into a whirlwind.


Rose found herself being led through the house, following the scent of food until she thought her stomach would cramp. In moments she found herself standing in the doorway of a small dining room.


Dozens of people, it seemed from her first glance, were seated at the table, all of them attractive and well dressed. Some of them were smiling as they looked up.


“Duncan? This lady came all the way from America to see you.”


She couldn’t think for the hunger. She couldn’t even speak.


A man stood, and she thought that hunger must surely have made her hallucinate. Tall, brown-haired, with the most beautiful blue eyes she’d ever seen. He smiled so sweetly at her, so perfectly handsome and kind, that she wondered if he was real.


He was broad-shouldered, with a face that no doubt captured the attention of women on the street. They’d stop to marvel at that strong jaw, that mouth that looked as if it could be curved into a smile or just as easily thinned in derision.


She hadn’t expected him to be so arresting a figure. No doubt that’s why she wavered a little on her feet.


“Yes?” he said, coming around the table toward her.


“Mr. MacIain? Duncan MacIain?”


He regarded her with a direct stare so forceful she felt as if her will were being drawn out of her with that glance.


She reached out one gloved hand toward him. Suddenly everything changed. The air around her grayed. The floor rushed up to greet her instead of him. Yet he somehow caught her when she fell. As he did so, she had the strangest thought, one that troubled her even as darkness enveloped her.


This was why she’d come all this way.


 



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Debut Novel Review ~ To Steal a Heart by K.C. Bateman


Set in the Napoleonic era in France this debut novel was exquisitely unique!


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It starts off with Marianne getting caught by Nick trying to plant evidence. Did I mention that she's tightrope walking?!

Marianne is a 21? year old former aristo turned civilian. She's a circus performer and thief that's under the reign of a corrupt government official. Marianne is one hell of a girl! She survives a shit load of rotten things in her life and it never overcomes her.

Nic appears to be another corrupt official and seems a bit oily at first. there are so many more facets to discover in him. Nic is bent on revenge against Napoleon for his brother's death. He's stubborn, uncompromising and so sexily mysterious.

Nic succeeds in basically purchasing Marianne's' virginity and that of her sister Sophie, of course, he really needs her for a mission against Napoleon. While trying for and completing the mission they fall quickly into love, but they both resist the feelings. This happens over a week but such intense circumstances always lead to such passionate encounters.

I found the book a unique experience. Full of passion and intrigue! After the first few pages, I couldn't put it down. What a wonderful debut book by K.C. Bateman! I'll be looking for more from her!


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Synopsis


In a dazzling historical romance that’s perfect for fans of Sabrina Jeffries, Lisa Kleypas, and Courtney Milan, debut author K. C. Bateman brings Napoleonic France to life as a master spy and a beautiful thief find love and intrigue in each other’s arms.

Forced to do the bidding of a corrupt government minister, Marianne de Bonnard agrees to plant incriminating evidence in the offices of France’s most notorious spymaster. Under cover of night, the tightrope-walking thief puts her skills to good use—until her aerial stunt is foiled when her target appears in the window and, with consummate poise, helps Marianne off the wire and into his lair. The tremors that run through her body are not just from fear; there’s an unwanted frisson of desire there, too. But is it because of her elegant, wickedly handsome host . . . or his proposition?

Nicolas Valette has had plans for his graceful trespasser since he witnessed her unique skills at the Cirque Olympique. Sinuous as a cat, Marianne is perfect for his next mission, but she refuses his generous offer for fear of disobeying her family’s tormenter. When their mutual enemy auctions off her virginity to the highest bidder, Nicolas leaps at the chance to purchase her cooperation. Keeping her will be like trying to tame a wild animal, but what’s life without a little risk? Besides, Nicolas and Marianne both want the same thing: revenge—and, perhaps, something else that’s equally delicious.

 

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