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review 2018-10-04 18:21
A Notorious Vow (The Four Hundred #3) by Joanna Shupe (4.5 stars out of 5)
A Notorious Vow: The Four Hundred Series - Joanna Shupe

After a series of tragic events, Oliver becomes reclusive and apathetic. His only concerns are his sweet sister and his work. That all changes though after an unexpected encounter with caring and bashful Christina.
I had always thought that opposites make the best couples but Christina and Oliver proved me wrong. Christina was one of the most timid, introverted, fearful heroines I’ve ever read. Although I prefer my heroines to be more witty, self-assured, and even proactive, her tender heart and innocence made up for whatever traits I might have thought were lacking, not to mention her steel determination when it came to protecting Oliver made her a well-rounded character. 

The story kept the perfect pace. I was particularly happy that the budding romance between the main characters didn’t feel rushed or forced and I loved the way Oliver went from a grumpy recluse to a more pleasant man. And his world! It was fascinating to say the least, but unfortunately it was also ignorant and unjust. The treatment of “unorthodox” people in those days was truly appalling and if someone thinks otherwise needs to open a history book and educate themselves – At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it ¯_(ツ)_/¯

It was such a wonderful story and definitely my favorite in the series so far. If you love stories with plenty of heart, a troubled yet swoon-worthy hero, and a heroine that may seem meekly at first but proves to be a worthy opponent when she sets a mind to it, then this is the book for you. 




I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher. 

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review 2018-05-01 04:35
Marriage with a Proper Stranger (Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #1) by Karyn Gerrard
Marriage With a Proper Stranger - Karyn Gerrard

This book is plain and simple one of the best examples why I read and LOVE historical romance. Not only there is always a HEA but more often than not they offer a history lesson that would be hard to learn in a basic elementary classroom. This story deserves praising for that alone. 


Riordan and the rest of the Wollstonecraft men are actively working in bettering the lives of those around them. They believe justice and equality should be for all and not only members of the upper class. It was the same firm beliefs and principles that persuaded him to help Sabrina. At first he was hesitant to agree to her outrageous plan because of what it would entail but after hearing her heartbreaking story of abuse he decides to help her in spite of knowing what he’d have to face down the road. 
My favorite part of the story were the Wollstonecraft men. They weren’t perfect in any way but the way they all behaved put them pretty close to perfection. I truly cannot wait to read each of their stories. 
I felt sorry for Sabrina from the get go. She had a despicable father that only cared for his own welfare and didn’t give two figs about her. It was easy to see why she thought her only escape was to marry a total stranger. Still, it took me a while to warm up to her and I had trouble understanding some of her actions, especially when she discovered the things Riordan kept from her. 


One thing that I disliked though was that the curse was almost non-existent. Perhaps it was a mistake on my part and I shouldn’t have assumed but the way the book started made me think that it was going to be what moved the story forward but it felt more like an afterthought. I’m hoping we get more of it in the next books because it was a good premise and I’ll like to read more about it.

**I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.**

 

Read blurb and buy links: Marriage With a Proper Stranger - Karyn Gerrard  

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review 2017-10-03 21:52
Book review: THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE by Kerrigan Byrne
The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels) - Kerrigan Byrne

 

I loved this book from the start. I have to admit that I’m an uber fan of marriage of convenience and force marriage so of course I jumped (quite literally) at the chance to read this book. However I was not very happy when I realized there were secrets involved and that the final outcome would depend on how the main characters would react to the discovery of those secrets. I just don’t like romances that start off on untruths or half truths, I just don’t. 

But the feels; THE FEELS, I tell you!! 

Samantha is an American spitfire with plenty of wit and determination, used to do whatever necessary in order to survive. When trouble arises in America she sees no other choice but to travel to Scotland. There Gavin awaits for her, and true to his rakish reputation, he will attempt anything even seduce her if that would sway her to relinquish her land to him. 

Ok, so one thing that had me laughing – and rolling my eyes- at the beginning was the fact that she would not stop admiring his good looks. It was paragraph after paragraph of her mentioning how well sculpted and how “magnificent” he was. She even called him a Celtic god! I just thought goodness, it’s this how it’s going to be? Thankfully it wasn’t. Sam proved to be no push-over. She took the reins of her new life and show no fear in the face of trouble. I specially loved that even though she was a foreigner in a new land, she easily made new friends, knew who to contact, where to go, and what to do. She was a woman with a mission and was determined to see it through. Gavin was a little on the obstinate side. Not that that was a bad thing, I mean, who can say no to a Scot’s charm, am I right? But when a man kisses a woman without asking permission first, then let’s just say I was verra, verra happy that said woman always carried her precious guns with her *happy face* I loved how Sam put him in his place every time he wanted to be all charm and temptation. 

When someone from her past attacks her, Gavin offers to marry her in order to protect her but also to gain access to her land. They do marry but their relationship was complicated to say the least, what with Gavin’s reputation, his infamous father and family, and the initial enmity between them. They want to see their nuptials as a business transaction only so they really don't want to confide each other with their dark pasts. 

As the story unravels and they get to know each other better, Sam understands why her husband has led the life of the notorious libertine and affable womanizer he’s always been. And then she wishes to tell him everything because she’s only told him bits and pieces of her life but not the entire truth. And the one time she had the chance to tell him EVERYTHING… she discloses another secret but not what he needs to hear! It was kind of frustrating, actually. And Gavin feels there is still so much in her heart that's yet to be to discovered but is afraid to ask because he believes it may have to do with him, his flaws, his past, his own desires, and AGHHHH!!! In the end so much grief would have been avoided if a hard but simple truth was told when they had the chance. 

So generally speaking, I still think this was an awesome read because despite my peculiar dislikes I thought the romantic arc hit all the right cords. All the characters were very well defined from start to finish, from the rambunctious old couple of Calybrid and Locryn, who sort of became Sam’s two right hands, and who had me laughing at their bickering and inappropriate comments, to Gavin’s own mother, who grew out of her shell with Sam and other loving character’s help. All in all it was a lovely read, which can be totally read as a standalone, and I absolutely recommend it. 

** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

 

 

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review 2017-08-19 00:33
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Big Bad Boss (Marriage of Convenience Ro... Big Bad Boss (Marriage of Convenience Romance) - Amy Faye

Big Bad Boss by is my first book by Amy Faye.  Ms Faye has given us a well-written book.  The characters grow on you through the story.  This is an alternating pov book, not my favorite, I'm a 3rd person fan.  Ms Faye has provided plenty of drama, humor and sizzle.  Forget the sizzle...it's really flames.  Cait and Jasper's story is entertaining.  I enjoyed Big Bad Boss and would happily read more from Ms Faye in the future.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from InstaFreebie.

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review 2017-06-14 00:00
Marry in Haste (Marriage of Convenience #1) by Anne Gracie
Marry in Haste - Anne Gracie

 

 

 

Author: Anne Gracie

Title: Marry in Haste

Series: Marriage of Convenience

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Major Calbourne Rutherford returns to England on the trail of an assassin, only to find he’s become Lord Ashendon, with the responsibility for vast estates and dependent relatives. Cal can command the toughest of men, but his wild half-sisters are quite another matter. They might just be his undoing.

When he discovers that Miss Emmaline Westwood, the girls’ former teacher, guides them with ease, Cal offers her a marriage of convenience. But strong-minded and independent Emm is neither as compliant nor as proper as he expected, and Cal finds himself most inconveniently seduced by his convenient wife.

Emm knows they didn’t marry for love, yet beneath her husband’s austere facade, she catches glimpses of a man who takes her breath away. As pride, duty and passion clash, will these two stubborn hearts find more than they ever dreamed of?

 

 

 

 

 

Funny, sexy, sweet, Marry in Haste is a great read. A little slow at the start but once I got into it I was sucked in. The amusement of Cal's struggles to understand and the constant clashing between him and Emm were totally amusing. Made me enjoy the slow build of their relationship instead of making it an instant got it all involvement.

I liked that both they and we as readers had to work to a happy ending, past their tragedies to open their hearts. I really enjoyed Marry in Haste from beginning to end.

 

 

 

 

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