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text 2015-09-21 16:55
Scotland Yard in Romance Novels
The Scandalous Mackenzies - Jennifer Ashley
Scandalous Wager - Christy Carlyle
A Private Duel with Agent Gunn - Jillian Stone
The Throwbacks (The Scotland Yard Exchange Program) - Stephanie Queen
A Talent for Trickery (The Thief-Takers Series Book 1) - Alissa Johnson
Rabbit Heart - Colleen Hitchcock
Tempted at Every Turn - Robyn DeHart
A Bride by Moonlight - Liz Carlyle
Improper English - Katie MacAlister
Where the Heart Leads - Stephanie Laurens

What a little fog, a great coat, a mystery, Londontown?


These romances involve the Scotland Yard which by the way isn't in Scotland. Go figure.


My lists are never in any particluar order. Enjoy!


1. The Untamed Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley


To redeem her family's disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family's lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor.

But Louisa's hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet--and she is shockingly accused of murder! Soon, Louisa's so-called friends begin shunning her, because the company of a suspected killer is never desirable in polite society.

The problem comes to the ears of Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows, by-blow of the decadent Scottish Mackenzie family and an inspector for Scotland Yard. He has shared two passionate kisses with Lady Louisa-and vows to clear her name. For not only does he know she's innocent, he recognizes he's falling for the lovely lady.

Fellows is Louisa's only hope of restoring her family's honor--and it is he alone who intrigues Louisa in a way that may be even more scandalous than murder...


2. Scandalous Wager by Christy Carlyle


Set against the backdrop of London's dangerous East End in 1888, Victorian propriety and passions collide when a spinster strikes a scandalous bargain with a detective caught up in the investigation of the Ripper mystery. 

Elizabeth Ainsworth has decided she will never marry. Years spent on the shelf have taught her plain looks and a distinct lack of ladylike talents won't win a proposal from any of the eligible young constables or inspectors her Detective Chief Inspector father invites to their home. Most of them are too busy staring at her younger, prettier sister anyway. And Lizzy is content to be a spinster, especially if it means she can continue with her charity work in Whitechapel. But she has one lingering regret. She wants to experience passion at least once in her life and, most of all, she wants to experience it with Ian Reed. 

Detective Inspector Ian Reed has aspirations to ascend the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, and he hopes proving himself to his superior, Detective Chief Inspector Ainsworth, will help him get there. A series of brutal murders plaguing Whitechapel have him working long hours, so when Ainsworth's daughter shows up on his doorstep and offers herself to him, he fears he might be dreaming. Fascinated with Lizzy from the moment he meets her, Ian is determined to spend more than one night in her arms, despite what it might cost both of them. 


3. A Private Duel with Agent Gunn by Jillian Stone


Cunning, reclusive Yard man Phineas Gunn is as skilled at capturing surly criminals as he is at charming beautiful women. But the dashing agent’s latest assignment is really testing his mettle. Officially, he’s investigating beguiling prima ballerina Catriona de Dovia Willoughby, a suspected anarchist. Unofficially, his attraction to his devilish former flame is hotter than ever. 

Unsure whether to trust the enigmatic lover who betrayed her once, Cate nevertheless enlists Finn’s help to recover some priceless family jewels. Their pursuit erupts into a cross-continental adventure that begins with a double cross and crackles with secrets, lies, and sexual tension. The crime is clear—breaking and entering each other’s hearts—but as the clock ticks down, who will be the first to surrender?


4. The Throwbacks by Stephanie Queen


She’s a vivacious, light-hearted young beauty from Beacon Hill 
He’s a world-weary not-so-young exile from Scotland Yard. 
She’s an orphaned decorator who longs for a family of her own. 
He’s a rogue detective with a superhero complex. 
She’s smitten with this superhero who is the last man she sees in the picket-fence picture of her future. 
He’s smitten with this fluffy young romantic who he sees as kryptonite to his career and well being. 
But if you saw Grace and David in a room full of people, and you had to pick one man and one woman who belonged together, you would pick them. They would be The Throwbacks.

Vivacious young decorator Grace Rogers sets her sights for that picket-fence life she longs for with the unlikely world-weary British exile, the not-so-young David Young. The ex-Scotland Yard detective joins the Boston Police Department to salvage his career. He hires Grace to decorate his Beacon Hill townhouse to salvage his life. 
But this rogue detective’s plans for a new beginning are threatened when he can’t resist the seemingly unseemly romance with his too-young bombshell decorator. Grace turns out to be a key witness in his high-stakes kidnapping case--and like Kryptonite to his career and his well-being with her romantic notions of family life. 

David put his life on the line to save her from the kidnappers, but now is Grace willing to put her dreams on the line to save her real-life superhero from himself?


5. A Talent for Trickery by Alissa Johnson


Years ago, Owen Renderwell earned acclaim-and a title-for the dashing rescue of a kidnapped duchess. But only a select few knew that Scotland Yard's most famous detective was working alongside London's most infamous thief...and his criminally brilliant daughter, Charlotte Walker. 


Lottie was like no other woman in Victorian England. She challenged him. She dazzled him. She questioned everything he believed and everything he was, and he has never wanted anyone more. And then he lost her.


Now a private detective on the trail of a murderer, Owen has stormed back into Lottie's life. She knows that no matter what they may pretend, he will always be a man of the law and she a criminal. Yet whenever he's near, Owen has a way of making things complicated...and long for a future that can never be theirs.


6. Rabbit Heart by Colleen Hitchcock


Rabbit Heart is a wildly original and sexy debut novel set in Victorian England, Rabbit Heart tells the story of a French temptress who literally loves men–to death.

Nicollette Caron is every man’s ideal mistress. Pity, then, that all of her lovers die trying to satisfy her insatiable appetite. Forced to flee town after town so that no one will discover her terrible secret, Nicollette is haunted by the ghosts of her dead lovers as England’s top crime inspector circles ever closer.

Renowned for his tenacity, handsome detective Jackson Lang will stop at nothing to prove that Nicollette is a murderess. Powerful Lord Baston is equally determined . . . to make Nicollette his mistress despite her breathless warnings. Only one man is strong enough to save Nicollette. But how will she know which man to trust–until it is too late?


7. Tempted at Every Turn by Robyn DeHart


Proper, sensible Willow Mabson will do anything to protect her family. So when she finds out that James Sterling—a dashing, arrogant aristocrat working for Scotland Yard—suspects her mother in a recent murder, Willow will do whatever's necessary . . . even solve the case herself! Of course, this will bring her into a most uncomfortable proximity with the very tantalizing Mister Sterling. And try as she might, she finds resisting him her most difficult challenge.


James has always preferred gritty crime scenes to elegant balls. And he can immediately deduce that straight-laced, whip-smart—and exceedingly delectable—Willow isn't your average vapid, shallow socialite. He longs to release her carefully restrained sensuality and tempt her into losing control. But James doesn't count on risking his own heart in the process.


8. A Bride by Moonlight by Liz Carlyle


Faced with murder charges, Lisette Colburne never imagined aligning herself with Scotland Yard—not with the scandalous life she’s led. But when Commissioner Royden Napier proposes—that in exchange for her freedom—she pretend to be his wife so he can unravel a brutal mystery, she agrees. What neither counts on is their sizzling, undeniable attraction.


9. Improper English by Katie MacAlister


American versus Englishman—will it be a war of wits, or a battle to find their hearts? Alix hasn’t had much luck in her life, but a trip to London, a matchmaking landlady, and the handsome Scotland Yard detective living above her indicate her luck is about to change. Has she truly found her perfect man, or will the disasters that dog her steps destroy everything she’s hoped for? 

Alexandra Freemar should be in heaven—she’s just been handed everything she’s ever wanted on a silver plate: a three month stay in London, the time to write the book of her heart, and the chance to finally prove to her mother that she’s not the miserable failure her past indicates. Free-spirited, unconventional, and able to find the absurd in almost any situation, Alix finds that heaven isn’t what it’s cracked up to be when fate, in the form of a matchmaking landlady who promises to fix her up with her perfect soul mate, hands her the devilishly handsome man who lives upstairs. Her perfect man? Hardly! Her perfect man is not a workaholic, straight-laced detective inspector from Scotland Yard who wouldn’t recognize fun if it bit him on his (extremely attractive) behind. 

Alexander Black is a man with a mission, and no one is going to distract him from that, not even the uninhibited, carefree American who personifies everything he dislikes in a woman: she belittles his devotion to work, insists on dragging him into the most unlikely of situations, exudes sexuality that makes his mouth go dry whenever he’s near her, and teases him with a brashness that’s utterly foreign to him. But underneath that sassy mouth and devil-may-care exterior, he senses a wounded woman who’s calling out to him, and try as he might, he just can’t refuse answering.


10. Where the Heart Leads by Stephanie Laurens


Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster's younger sister, has grown up with every advantage—wealth, position, and beauty. Yet Penelope is anything but a pretty face in a satin gown—forceful, willful, and blunt to a fault, she has for years devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to caring for the forgotten orphans of London's sooty and seamier streets.

But now her charges are mysteriously disappearing. Desperate, Penelope turns to the one man she knows who might help her—Barnaby Adair.

Handsome scion of a noble house, Adair has made a name for himself in certain circles where his powers of observation and deduction have seen him solve several serious and unsavory crimes within the ton. His pedigree, relentless intelligence, and discretion make him a deadly avenger in an elegant guise. Despite his skills—or perhaps because of them—he makes Penelope distinctly uncomfortable, but the stakes are too grave. Throwing caution to the wind, defying every rule for unmarried ladies, she appears on his doorstep late one night determined to recruit his talents.


Barnaby is intrigued—both by her problem and her. Her bold beauty and undeniable brains make a striking contrast to the usual insipid ton misses. And as he's in dire need of an excuse to avoid said insipid misses, he accepts her challenge, never dreaming she and it will consume his every waking hour. 


Enlisting the aid of Inspector Basil Stokes of the fledgling Scotland Yard, they infiltrate the streets of London's notorious East End. But as they unravel the mystery of the missing orphans, they uncover a trail leading to the upper echelons of society and a ruthless and clever criminal adept at pulling strings who, becoming aware of them and their efforts, is only too ready to destroy all they hold dear, including their newfound understanding of the intrigues of the human heart.


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review 2015-07-22 19:35
My review: A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels
A Scandalous Wager - Cassandra Samuels

I always enjoy stories that not only provide witty banter, feasible storylines, charming yet virile heroes, and of course determined, strong heroines. I am delighted to say this story filled all my requirements for a great story. Oliver, Earl of Bellamy, wages that he will be able to get inside the Black Raven’s threshold and then leave as if nothing had happened. However once inside he encounters a beautiful but steely woman that proposes to spare his dignity in exchange to help her find the killer of her husband so she can finally find some peace.

“A demon faced is a demon vanquished.”

Ever since she was accused of her husband’s murder, Lisbeth hasn’t had a moment of happiness. Every single one of her friends and family members deserted her. Thus, when she enlists the help of Bellamy, she does so knowing she cannot fully trust him. Meanwhile, Bellamy keeps hearing so many appalling things about her that he’s not quite sure she’s as innocent as she may want him to think. I loved the chemistry between these two. Lisbeth was forced to become this person that she obviously didn’t like being but had not other choice but to be, she just became too used to wearing her façade so as not to be hurt, so as not to feel pain. I’ll admit there were times she sounded a bit too cold and unemotional towards him but once they get closer and in more, ahem, amiable terms *wink wink* she became the woman capable of love she once was. Although Bellamy could be considered a rake by the standards of the time (he accepted a scandalous wager after all) was always on point as a gentleman but also enjoyed playing the devilish rogue that brought all of Lisbeth’s defenses down and that made him the perfect hero to me.

“Now he knew there was so much more to her story and damn if he didn't want to read the whole book.”

The suspense although important is not the main focus of the story as it primarily revolves around Bellamy and Lisbeth’s relationship. Each of their backstories bring so many great things to the story as a whole that it does feel a little incomplete when the story ends and you feel wanting to know more about all the other characters in the story. All in all a great and enjoyable read and I will definitely will read more from this author.

** I was gifted a copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review **



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As the Black Raven, she’s cold, distant and alone…untouched by the gossip and scorn of her aristocratic peers. Until he enters her house — and her life — then suddenly her icy shell is no match for the heat of attraction...


Notorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst was acquitted of her husband’s murder, but no one believes in her innocence. Known as the Black Raven, bringer of bad luck and death, she is eviscerated by the gossips and mocked in the clubs.


She’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wager.


Oliver Whitely, Earl of Bellamy, needs money, but it takes more than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager. He finds himself drunk, at her house, and—more surprisingly—agreeing to a business proposal at the end of a fire poker.


She will let him win the wager, and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her. But business agreements don’t mean trust, and Lisbeth certainly doesn't trust Oliver, her body’s reaction to him, or her heart.


Love may be the biggest gamble of their lives, but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose?

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text 2014-02-15 00:59
Free Today on Amazon
World Enough and Time - Lauren Gallagher
The Seduction of Emily - Rachel Brimble
Designer Genes: The Boyfriend Cut - Harley Brooks
Scandalous Wager - Christy Carlyle
The Captive - Parris Afton Bonds
Night of the Candles (Classic Gothics Collection) - Jennifer Blake,Patricia Maxwell
Beautiful Illusions - Annie Jocoby

So, since it's Valentine's Day there appears to be a TON of freebies. Here are the ones that caught me eye.


World Enough and Time - I'm told this author and LA Witt are the same person so that's a good enough reason for me to check it out.


The Seduction of Emily


Designer Genes


Scandalous Wager


The Captive - Awesomely bad retro cover on the PB version of this book. (Just flat-out bad cover on the ebook.)


Night of Candles


Beautiful Illusions

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review 2014-02-04 00:00
Scandalous Wager
Scandalous Wager - Christy Carlyle

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The first novella in the Whitechapel Wagers Series Scandalous Wager is set in Victorian London at the height of the 'Ripper' atrocities. The characters in this fast paced story make an instant impact.

Elizabeth (Lizzy) is an intelligent headstrong heroine who is tired of her virginity and with strong reservations about marriage even if it was likely she wants to experience the passion of carnal love.

Ian the sexy diligent Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector has only met Elizabeth at formal soirees at Detective Chief Inspector Ainsworth's home. Surprise is not the only emotion he feels when she visits his Whitechapel lodgings alone.

This is an atmospheric tale. Whilst aware of the poverty, oppression of women and the inherent danger of living in East End London in the late 19th Century you focus on the passion igniting between Lizzy and Ian. The love scenes are sensuous and leave you wanting more.

A lovely insight into Victorian Whitechapel society I can't wait for more.

I received a copy of this e-book from the author in return for an honest review.

Source: jolliffe01.com/2014/02/04/5-review-scandalous-wager-christy-carlyle
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The Scandalous Wager (Regency Romance) - Olivia Fontayne Okay, so there are no reviews for this book. REALLY??

Prepare to be amazed because this book has the (dubious? surely not!) distinction of being the first - that's right, the FIRST - romance novel I ever read. Yup, ever ever.

As I rehashed recently in one of the discussion threads, the "scandalous" wager appears in the prologue. On a manly man weekend away, the Earl of Rotherham (the "H") takes part in a reverse gambling wager where the gamblers are trying to offload things they don't need. For example, they're getting rid of a boggy plot of land nobody would buy, etc. One fellow wagers...his maiden aunt. Yup, he wants someone to take his maiden aunt off his hands so that he no longer has to be her caretaker. He originally intended the maiden aunt to be the 50+ year old aunt, but our heroine, Diana (the "h"), takes her place since the older aunt doesn't want to travel all that way, etc. Diana is, after all, the nephew's aunt...just not the one he intended. Diana travels from France to stay with the earl. Fireworks (and swans, doves, flying bouquets, and talking parrots) ensue. (To clarify, if I remember correctly, maiden aunt Diana is in her late 20s/early 30s, so, yes, she's a spinster of the Regency period.)

This book really hooked me on traditional Regencies. It was the summer before my senior year, and I was waiting for my mom in the car. I had finished my book (some popular fiction thing along the John Grisham lines), and I had nothing to read (the horrors!). I picked up my mom's book (i.e., this book) to pass the time, and the rest, so they say, is history. I devoured traditional Regencies that summer, and my SAT score jumped 100 points. I attribute that to the vocabulary I learned through reading these traditional Regencies. Yes, yes I do.

Anyway, this book made quite an impression on me, and, in retrospect, contains quite a lot of what you'd expect from a traditional Regency in a well-written and tightly-plotted package. The story takes place entirely at Rotherham's country estate, where, once Rotherham loses the aforementioned scandalous wager, Diana shows up on his doorstep with suitcase and talking pet parrot in tow.

Rotherham is a cool-headed and enigmatic H who keeps you guessing as to his true feelings. Diana is an intelligent, not-beautiful-but-not-plain spinster from France (a delightful twist) who has a talking pet parrot and is quite handy with the ribbons. In fact, she has the distinction of being the only female to handle Rotherham's prized greys (not necessarily with his permission, but...that's a cute side note to the story). There's a whole host of secondary characters that contribute to developing a side romance, fostering a little jealousy on Rotherham's part, and introducing a feminine rival for Rotherham's affections.

One of the plot points comes when said feminine rival challenges Diana to a carriage race and, when Diana demurs, saying that she doesn't have a carriage there, the catty lady says Rotherham could always loan Diana the use of his greys. Imagine her surprise and consternation when she finds out (from Rotherham's own lips) that Diana has, indeed, ALREADY handled the greys. Yes, Rotherham's prized greys, which the wicked rival has never touched, have already been in the hands of our lovely heroine. *wiggles eyebrows*

As a traditional Regency, The Scandalous Wager is completely "clean" and has, at most, some kissing scenes and a whole lot of yummy tension. This book is a lot of clean fun that climaxes with a thwarted elopement attempt and ends with a scene at a country inn that left me with a smile on my face. Indeed, just remembering it now has me smiling. :)

P.S.: Olivia Fontayne is the early pen name for Patricia Oliver, who wrote a number of traditional Regencies for Signet. The Scandalous Wager was her first novel and was a Golden Heart and RITA award finalist.
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