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review 2017-09-12 16:30
Marrying His Cinderella Countess - Louise Allen

Ellie Lytton is content with her role as her stepbrother's housekeeper until one day the Earl of Hainford arrives to tell her that her stepbrother is dead by accident. She believes him responsible for her plight and insists that he should accompany her to her new home, little realising that the trip will change them both.


Ellie is a writer and throughout she is writing an adult romance and I found it so funny to read alongside the main story.  Louise Allen writes a fun story that kept me invested in both characters and liking them as people.

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review 2017-04-18 01:40
Surrender to the Marquess by Louise Allen
Surrender to the Marquess (The Herriard Family) - Louise Allen

 It's always a treat to pick up a Louise Allen book, she weaves some of the best regency history in all her books with engaging characters and places. This book happily surprised me when I found out it was the third book in the Herriard line along with Forbidden Jewel of India & Tarnished Amongst the Ton, this time picking up with Lady Sara Herriard.

 Sara has put everything behind her to start anew in a seaside town, healing after the sudden death of her husband. Her quiet world is turned up side down when she runs into Lucian Avery, Marquess of Cannock and his sister hiding their identity for some reason. Between Lucian and Sara's word sparing, Sara finds out more of why the Marquess is hiding and also trying to fight the draw Lucian has on her.

Lucian thought a quiet seaside town would be perfect after his sister's terrible elopement. He find himself at odds with Lady Sara who brings out his sister out of her sadness and brings out of his temper. The more he finds himself thrown together with Sara the more he fights his desire for her and the more he learns he just can't fight his feelings.

 Much like the rest of her family, Sara is someone who is fighting the period of time she was born in. She doesn't come across as modern like we are now, but had beliefs and common sense that was looked down on women in that time. I loved Sara she was strong and had alot to put up with the men in her life and the code of honor she didn't agree with. The back and forth between her and Lucian that was the best part IMHO in the book as it showed the trust and the ideas of "honor". Between the two I think Sara changed the less, only grew stronger as a person and was willing to love again and risk her heart on someone that was different in views with Lucian.

 Lucian on the other hand, could be a hardheaded with his life, family and his views. He changed the most, when he put himself in Sara's shoes and looked at her from her views. This toward the end gave way to a bit of a misunderstanding that dropped my rating along with another incident. I felt after the road Lucian took with Sara he would understand her more, but it was a big step back in my view. Do I think with Sara by his side he keep going forward. Yes. Still a bit of a downer. Yup. Along with the misunderstanding I truly didn't care for the sister and her beau who always tend to get into trouble that felt like it was just there to move the story along and cause headaches for everyone.

 In the end this was the beauty of the story, no matter the trouble that comes one's way. If a couple finds common ground, understanding and love, they can work through alot together. Another wonderful keeper from Louise Allen!


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review 2017-03-20 17:02
Once Upon a Regency Christmas: On a Winter's EveMarriage Made at ChristmasCinderella's Perfect Christmas (Penniless Lords) - Louise Allen,Sophia James,Annie Burrows

The Once upon idea kinda falls flat but the stories aren't bad.


The first story "On a Winter's Eve" by Louise Allen is a story of a showbound Christmas with an escaped turkey. Features a clever woman who made money despite her spendthrift husband, and pretending to be poor to try to avoid a marriage for her cash not her self, which almost backfires.


Marriage Made at Christmas by Sophia James is all about a mistaken identity and assumption, with a side order of tortured childhood past.  Could possibly have been better as a full book, well spiced with crazy though.


Cinderella's Perfect Christmas by Annie Burrows, not sure if he was poor or beset upon.  Man intrudes on Cinderella/ Alice Waverly who is enjoying time off from dealing with her demanding family to have a well-earned rest with two of the servants when Captain Jack Grayling hammers on the door with two children.  There felt like a lot of things were unresolved by the end.

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text 2016-11-01 09:48
November's Extended Reading List
Hearts in Flight - Patty Smith Hall
Hearts in Hiding - Patty Smith Smith Hall
Hearts Rekindled - Patty Smith Hall
A Rose for Major Flint (Brides of Waterloo) - Louise Allen
A Mistress for Major Bartlett - Annie Burrows
A Lady for Lord Randall - Sarah Mallory
Big Girls Don't Cry (Dundee, Idaho Series) - Brenda Novak
Whispered Promises: The Art of Deception / Storm Warning - Nora Roberts
Dangerous Allies - Renee Ryan
The Bootlegger's Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties) - Lauri Robinson

I decided to do another massive Harlequin binge and extend it to December 20th. This way I have more time dedicated to the binge and I won't burn out on holiday reads before the holidays start. I probably won't get to any more non-fiction books for the rest of the year.


I have a lot on my master list (spreadsheets FTW) but these are the ten I definitely want to read and get off my NOOK:


1. Hearts in Flight by Patty Smith Hall

2. Hearts in Hiding by Patty Smith Hall

3. Hearts Rekindled by Patty Smith Hall

4. A Rose for Major Flint by Louise Allen

5. A Mistress for Major Bartlett by Annie Burrows

6. A Lady for Lord Randall by Sarah Mallory

7. Big Girls Don't Cry by Brenda Novak (currently reading and it is serious WTF crazy sauce)

8. Whispered Promises by Nora Roberts

9. Dangerous Allies by Renee Ryan

10. The Bootlegger's Daughter by Lauri Robinson

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review 2016-07-13 00:00
The Many Sins of Cris de Feaux
The Many Sins of Cris de Feaux - Louise ... The Many Sins of Cris de Feaux - Louise Allen Crispin de Feaux, Marquess of Avenmore finds himself at sea and struggling to get to land. Trying to outpace his problems didn't work and now he's in trouble, but he's rescued by Tamsyn Perowne whose husband was a smuggler. He's intrigued by her but she would be an unsuitable bride, his head can acknowledge this but his heart is saying differently and he's conflicted. He also finds that she heeds his help, but will only accept it on her terms.

Smart and funny I enjoyed it.
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