Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

My Highland Spy (Highland Spies, #1)
Release date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical (Highlander) Romance
Series: Highland Spies #1

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the king. Playing the part of an English governess, she infiltrates the home of Laird Ruairi Sutherland, who seems to be a potential threat to the crown.

However, after helping Sutherland search for his kidnapped son, Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. Once she reveals her true identity to Sutherland, will he accept her? Or will he send her back to England with a broken heart?

My Rating: 4 Roses

An enjoyable, sweet romance, My Highland Spy was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. From the likable character, to the sweet romance, this book was lovely.

The Saxon Bride by Ashley York

The Saxon Bride (The Norman Conquest Series)
Release date: July 20, 2014
Genre: Historical (Medieval) Romance

In war torn England the battle lines between Saxon and Norman are clearly drawn. The Saxons must fight for everything they have in the hopes of winning their country back from the Normans who are determined to break their resistance.

Rowena Godwinson, the sole remaining member of the defeated royal family, stands proudly against the Normans that would trample them underfoot but her nobility and grace make her an ideal pawn in the Norman King William’s play for power with the Saxon people. When he decrees she marry a powerful Norman knight, her subjugation appears to be complete. The handsome soldier with the kind brown eyes and gentle touch is a threat to her determination to defy the interlopers. Can she hold firm to her Saxon heritage and refuse to give in to his advances?

John of Normandy wants only to prove himself worthy of the king's trust. He is rewarded for his service and loyalty with land, titles and a Saxon beauty for a bride. John balks at the marriage, driven by the secret guilt of knowing Rowena's father would still be alive if not for him. However, John's reluctance is soon replaced by a burning desire to please this woman and win her over as well as her people.

As their people look to them for guidance and peace, can John and Rowena find a love that unites all of England?

My Rating: 2 Roses

Not my favorite historical romance, but an overall okay read. The Saxon Bride fell a little flat for me. I didn't dislike it, but I can only say that it was a nice read.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rogue in Red Velvet by Lynne Connolly

Rogue in Red Velvet (The Emperors of London, #1)
Release date: September 1, 2014
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Historical (Georgian) Romance
Series: The Emperors of London #1

When respectable country widow Connstance Rattigan finds herself in a notorious London brothel instead of at the altar, only one person can save her from the auction block.

Alex Vernon, Lord Ripley, walked away from Connie once before, when he discovered she was engaged. Now that her fiancĂ© has betrayed her, he doesn’t intend to leave her again.

Once he has made love to her, Alex feels the situation is resolved. He’ll marry her. But Connie has other ideas.

Only three problems to solve—Connie signed a marriage contract as binding as the marriage ceremony with someone else, she’s disgraced in the eyes of society, and she won’t marry him until her name is cleared.

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

A thoroughly sweet historical romance, Rogue in Red Velvet was a lovely read. I really liked this book. It was a lighter read that I enjoyed from start to finish.

A Duke's Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth

A Duke's Wicked Kiss
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Select
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

Miss Suri Thurston knows the pain of abandonment. Intent on confronting the grandmother who tossed her to the lions, she travels from England to her birthplace in India. Her plans run afoul when she encounters the man who, ten years prior, left a mark on her soul with one stolen kiss. But he is a duke, and far beyond the reach of even her dreams.

The Duke of Ravenswood, secret head of the British Foreign Service, has no time for relationships. His one goal is to locate and eliminate key insurgents involved in an uprising against the British East India Company before it's too late. But when Suri appears in Delhi, his resolve is tested as he finds his heart forever bound to her by the one haunting kiss they shared once upon a time.

With Suri's vengeful Indian family looking for her death, and insurgents intent on mutiny tearing their world apart, can their love rise above the scandal of the marriage they both desperately want?

My Rating: 3 Roses

An overall lovely historical romance, complete with a lush setting and plenty of secrets, A Duke's Wicked Kiss was an enjoyed read that I quite liked.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Evernight Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Evernight book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stolen Moon Book Blitz: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Stolen Moon book blitz! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $10 gift card and copies of Stolen Moon and other books by the author. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Not Quite a Wife Book Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

Aug 25th - Sep 19th
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Welcome to my post for the Not Quite a Wife book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of Not Quite a Wife. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine

Deliverance (Defiance, #3)
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Dystopia/Fantasy Romance
Series: Courier's Daughter #3

Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.

Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her enemies’ clutches and join Logan in his fight. But when she learns a secret that changes everything, she realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option if she wants to save the people she loves. Instead, she’ll have to destroy Rowansmark from the inside out—if she can survive the journey through the Wasteland.

Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. But securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Driven by his fierce love for Rachel and his determination to make their world safe, Logan may be just the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One.

But as Rowansmark bears down and uneasy alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the unbelievable odds against them?

My Rating: 5 Roses

An absolutely brilliant conclusion to a fantastic series, Deliverance was just amazing. Full of thrills, secrets, and quite a few twists and turns, this book had me on the edge of my seat. This book is a conclusion that definitely doesn't disappoint.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Secrets of a Heart Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Secrets of a Heart book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $50 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Traitorous Heart Book Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the A Traitorous Heart book tour! I have an excerpt coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $10 gift card and copies of A Traitorous Heart. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries

How the Scoundrel Seduces (The Duke's Men, #3)
Release date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Duke's Men #3

The third deliciously sexy novel in the New York Times bestselling Duke's Men historical romance series, featuring an investigator who sets out to find gypsies— and unexpectedly finds love.

Investigator Tristan Bonnaud has one aim in life— to make sure that his half-brother George can't ever ruin his life again. So when the pesky Lady Zoe Keane, the daughter of the Earl of Olivier, shows up demanding that the Duke's Men find a mysterious gypsy woman, he seizes the opportunity to also hunt for a gypsy friend who knows secrets about George. Tristan doesn't expect to uncover Lady Zoe's family secrets, as well... or end up falling for the woman who will risk all to discover the truth.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A fantastic addition to a wonderful series, How the Scoundrel Seduces was a lovely historical romance. From the secrets of the past to the sweet romance, this book was a delight of a read.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Maiden of Ireland by Susan Wiggs

The Maiden of Ireland
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin: Mira
Genre: Historical Romance

John Wesley Hawkins was condemned to hang, accused of treason and heresy. As he's transported to the scaffold at Tyburn, however, the Lord Protector steps in and offers him the hand of mercy--if Wesley agrees to travel to Ireland on a dangerous mission into the heart of the Irish resistance against English rule. He'll have to seduce the rebels' secrets from a headstrong Irishwoman, but that shouldn't be a problem for a man of Wesley's reputation....

Caitlin MacBride is mistress of the beleaguered Irish castle Clonmuir, and she makes no secret of her loyalty to her countrymen. She's determined to remain strong for her people, but a wish for true love one evening at sunset yields the one thing that may sway her resolve. When Wesley walks out of the mist that fateful night, Caitlin's faith in the magic of Ireland is briefly restored--until she discovers he's one of the treacherous Englishmen she has spent her life fighting against.

My Rating: 3.5 Roses

A richly detailed, enjoyable historical romance, The Maiden of Ireland was a lovely read. I liked this book. I haven't read many romances set in Cromwell's era, especially not in Ireland, so it was new for me and I'm happy to say that I thought it was wonderful.

His Forbidden Lady by Nicola Davidson

Release date: August 11, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Genre: Historical Romance

Their love is treason…

Tudor England, 1542

When beautiful widow Lady Annabelle Benton-Hayes is ordered to court, she is terrified. Henry VIII desires a sixth queen for his bloodstained throne, and her scheming family cares not for her wishes. Annabelle yearns for love, but there is no escaping her fate: escorting her is Rafe de Vere, the man who abandoned her to become England's most loyal and brutally successful soldier.

Rafe is utterly weary of war and its impossible demands. Thankfully, his final task is the easiest: accompany a wellborn lady to London for Henry's perusal. Until he discovers she is Annabelle, the woman who swore to wait for him but married another. Rafe isn't permitted to care, yet time hasn't dulled their sizzling attraction and his orders are increasingly difficult to obey. To love her, he would have to risk all and cross his king to secure the ultimate prize—Annabelle' s heart.

My Rating: 3 Roses

A quick, light, and sweet read, His Forbidden Lady was a lovely historical romance. While not particularly amazing, it was a nice read that I enjoyed.