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text 2018-01-11 21:34
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Beyond Scandal and Desire: A Sins for All Seasons Novel - Lorraine Heath

He’d been scheming for far too long to cast it all aside now. He’d climbed as far as he could up the social ladder. To reach the higher rungs, others had to fall—far and spectacularly, like fireworks burning out on their way down. He would be paid what he was owed. And God’s mercy on anyone who stood in his way.

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review 2018-01-09 11:52
Enough secrets to make two trips around the sun
The English Wife - Lauren Willig

Just a heads up, do not start this book unless you plan to stay up all night and read. This is one that you cannot start and put down to come back to later. You are going to be stuck until you know the absolute truth. Ms. Willig's writing reminds me of Daphne du Maurier.

Georgie has no illusions about the future, and what might be waiting for her. Memories of the past are just that, and she is determined to keep as far ahead of them as she can. Not all memories are good, and the ones that Georgie is running from would make another person cringe with fear. Not that she is not afraid, but she built up a wall - refusing to allow anything to get under her skin. She thought she could handle anything, but she did not count on Bayard Van Duyvil. When this sweeping young man comes into her life, she is anything but gracious. That he is rich is one thing, but men are always after just one thing. Bay is determined to prove her wrong, and over the next several weeks courts her quietly. While she wonders why he really is interested in her, her own feelings overwhelm her rational. Before long, they marry and prepare to return home, to face his formidable mother.
While they settle into their new lives, Georgie has restyled herself as Annabelle Lacey. While she hopes to meld into society easily, she is not one for normal convention, and neither is her husband. Having grown up under his mothers withering glare, he is slowly discovering his own independence. Stuck at home with their mother is his sister Janie. She has yet to find her means of escape. But when Bay is found bleeding to death on the ground of his new home, and his wife missing no one knows what is going on. Wild rumors spring to life, and the papers are running with the story.
Janie, as quiet and mold-able as she is, has a hidden stubborn side. While her mother has relegated her to the background as unimportant, Janie is determined to see that her brother gets justice, and his name cleared of the rumors that are swirling around him and his wife. Enlisting the help of one of the journalists, they embark on a journey of truths, mystery and dark secrets that have been lurking in the shadows for far to long.
While they begin to untangle the webs that have molded their family name, the truth might be something that no one can deal with, and leave some newfound truths in their wake...

Seriously enjoyed this book. There are some adult themes in the book, so not something that I would recommend to anyone under 18, but this story draws two worlds together and fleshes them out. Secrets, lies and half truths have been overlooked, and squirreled away all to protect a family name. The matriarch of the family is one that will go to any length to protect their good name - and perhaps even some lengths that others are not aware of - all to keep their standing within the community.
As I stated above, do not start this book if you have any plans on sleeping, it is one that will draw you in and keep you turning pages until the very end.

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review 2017-12-30 13:20
Review For: The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie Barnes
The Duke of Her Desire: Diamonds in the Rough - Sophie Barnes


The Duke of Her Desire  by Sophie Barnes is book Two in the "Diamonds in the Rough" series.  This is the story of Thomas Heathmore, Duke of Coventry and Amelia Matthews. I have read the previous book (and loved it) but feel you can easily make this a standalone book.
Amelia and her sister Juliette along with their brother Raphe once lived in the slums of  St. Giles.  But a few months ago her brother, Raphe Matthews, became 'The Duke of Huntley'.  This has lead them into a higher station in life along with feeling not up to the towns standards.
Thomas is good friends with Raphe and has tried to help him along with his sisters have a easier time being accepted by the town.  So when Raphe ask him to watch his sisters while Raphe takes his wife Gabriella on a wedding trip, Thomas of course agrees.  Amelia and her sister will have their eccentric Aunt as a chaperone but Raphe feels they need more guidance that her.  So Thomas agrees to ask his mother the Dowager Duchess of Coventry to help him.  But Amelia now that her brother is gone thinks to put into motion her part to help the less fortunate children. Amelia has always taken to helping other along with animals.  Amelia had help to take care of her siblings when they were on the streets of St. Giles.  So Thomas finds he is in for more than just helping her to be seen as a lady.  Thomas has issues too from his past that has caused him to change greatly...is Amelia what he needs to get back to who he used to be.  
I am so in love with this series!  Can't wait for more stories!

Source: www.amazon.com/Duke-Her-Desire-Diamonds-Rough-ebook/dp/B06Y11VKYH/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1514234312&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Duke+of+Her+Desire++by+Sophie+Barnes
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review 2017-12-16 17:33
Secure Desire: A Chase Group Story - R.L... Secure Desire: A Chase Group Story - R.L Dunn

Secure Desire is my first book by R.L. Dunn.  While this is definitely a 6 star story, the writing left me a little frustrated at times, lowering my rating to a 4 star.  This is not a smooth read, there were times I wasn't sure who was speaking or whose thoughts I was reading.  I think with a little better editing, this book could have moved from a really, really good story to an amazing, outstanding book.  That being said, it is still worth reading.  Ms. Dunn has created phenomenal characters, supplied plenty of action, drama, sizzle and humor.  Cassie and Ian's story is loaded with suspense.    It's a moving story.  Your emotions will be on a rollercoaster ride through the whole book.  So, bottom line, I loved the story even though I was at times frustrated.  Secure Desire is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I voluntarily read a complimentary copy of this book that I received from Bookfunnel.

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text 2017-11-28 16:43
The Duke of Desire By Darcy Burke 99 cents!
The Duke of Desire - Darcy Burke

Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she’d once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can’t trust him—alone by choice is better than alone by necessity. 

With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn’t allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won’t pay.

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