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review 2018-02-09 22:22
Historical Romance
Three Abductions and an Earl: A Steamy R... Three Abductions and an Earl: A Steamy Regency Romance (Sexy Lord Included) (Parvenues & Paramours Book 1) - Tessa Candle

Three Abductions & An Earl by Tessa Candle is a rather fun historical romance.  Ms. Candle has given us a well-written book filled with phenomenal characters.  Lydia wanted to be left in peace in the country.  Instead, she is forced to London to be a debutante.  Aldley is an Earl trying to avoid the earl hungry debutantes and their mothers.  Lydia and Aldley's story is loaded with action, suspense, sizzle and drama.  My favorite thing about this book though is the way Ms. Candle has slipped the humor in where you don't expect it.  I enjoyed reading Three Abductions & An Earl and look forward to reading more from Tessa Candle in the future.  Three Abductions & An Earl is book 1 of the Parvenues and Paramours Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-02-08 19:48
Fantastic Historical Romance
The Earl of Sunderland: Wicked Regency R... The Earl of Sunderland: Wicked Regency Romance (The Wicked Earls' Club) - Aubrey Wynne,Wicked Earls' Club

The Earl Of Sunderland by Aubrey Wynne is a fairly short historical romance, a perfect choice for those with limited reading time.  Ms. Wynne has given us a well-written book full of outstanding characters.  Grace wants only to care for her father and brother after her mother's death.  Kit is a military man, forced into being the earl when his brother dies.  Their story has many ups and downs, twists and turns.  There is plenty of drama, humor and spice to keep readers glued to this awesome book.  I loved every page of The Earl Of Sunderland and look forward to my next read by Aubrey Wynne.  The Earl Of Sunderland is book 4 of The Wicked Earl's Club Series but can easily be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-02-07 15:00
Dancing Bears and Reverie: His Lordship's Last Wager
His Lordship's Last Wager: A Regency Romance between Bitter Enemies - Miranda Davis

A million years ago, I picked up The Duke's Tattoo by Miranda Davis because I read some sniggering reviews about it: get a load of this. And it's true, and funny, that the opening action is one of the heroine sedating and then permanently inking a certain peer's unmentionables, and then how their rivalry and his revenge turns into love, &c &c. Oh, and all of this takes place in a Regency romance, I believe in Bath. It's pretty much the best. Sure, whatever, none of that is likely, but neither is getting lucky in a barouche, and that happens in Regency romances all the freaking time. 

 

a four wheeled horse drawn carriage which seats two, open, but with a sort of umbrella over the passengers

 

Seriously, you're not getting laid in this comfortably even in modern clothing, let alone the yards of fabric those poor assholes had to wear in the Regency. 

 

Anyway, Davis's almost overblown prose -- she has an excellent vocabulary and isn't afraid to use it -- and sideways sense of humor completely won me over.

 

But then came the The Baron's Betrothal, which, while written in the same winsome prose, was a tiresome will-they-won't-they that I didn't appreciate. Admittedly, I almost never appreciate a will-they-won't-they, but then The Baron's Betrothal also was thin with the humor that so radiated from The Duke's Tattoo, so I don't think it wasn't just my predilections talking. Fast forward several years, and Davis's newest book, His Lordship's Last Wager, pops up on one of my if-you've-read-this-then situations, and I figured I'd give her another go. I mean, even the book I didn't like wasn't bad, per se.

 

Boy, but I found His Lordship's Last Wager charming. The set up is ludicrous, again: a zesty young woman gulls a lord-type into helping her transport a trained bear to Ireland. Look, I'm not going to explain how such a situation comes to be, partially because I can't remember exactly. Like the lord-type, the reader finds herself wondering what the hell happened to result in a trip through the aqueducts and canals of England of yore. I was super into it, because, wait, lemme tell you a story. 

 

My great-grandmother, the one I'm named after, was born in the US just months after her parents stepped off the boat. (I think assholes would call her an anchor baby.) Though we don't know for sure, my family suspects that great-great-grandpa knocked up the neighbor girl in a small town in Wales, and due to the fact that he was an inveterate alcoholic (ah, the Welsh), the families sent them on their way to America. She managed to have another child, a boy, before she succumbed to Industrial Revolution Pittsburgh. Great-grandma and her brother were settled into an orphanage -- her father being too drunk to care for them -- but not after the family in Wales entreated her and her brother to "come home". The trans-Atlantic voyage was too scary for a young girl, so they stayed.

 

Fast forward many moons, and my mother took that faded correspondence, and tried to find our living relatives in Wales. Several things hampered this: the family names were Jones and Edwards, which are about as common as you can get; the family wasn't Church of Wales, which would be the establishment church, but Baptist; and the Baptist church in the area burned down in the early 70s, so all the records were ash. We found the house on a trip to Froncysyllte when I was a teenager, and the current owners were kind enough to let us look at the deeds (which corroborated pretty much all of the family lore), but it was a dead end.

 

But we were in the area, so we touristed around for a while. One of our more memorable visits was to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is still functional, a crazy waterway strung between high Welsh hills. Observe: 

 

a black and white photo of a large aqueduct being drained

 

Though I don't think our intrepid Regency lovers plied this waterway, much of the action of the novel takes place on the canals that crisscrossed Britain, moving goods and people just like the railroads. Davis notes that there is little contemporary description of the canals in their heyday in the 1800s, as they were largely commercial. Who writes stories about truck stops or container ships? So too, back then. But they're fascinating places, and it was entirely enjoyable to read a Recency romance that took place on the rough waterfront instead of the cultivated lawn.

 

Obviously, this is still a romance, so it's not going to get too icky or realz. And that's fine. I'm not usually reading Regency romance for the articles, and I don't need some big bummer to prove the situation serious. That said, this novel was charming and lively, funny and unusual, and totally worth it for the reverie about my lost family alone. 

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review 2018-01-28 23:26
Historical Romance
Unmasked Heart: A Regency Romance (Regency Romance: Challenge of the Soul Book 1) - Vanessa Riley,Kim Huther,Felicia Murrell

Unmasked Heart by Vanessa Riley is an entertaining historical romance.  Ms. Riley has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are awesome.  Gaia and William's story is loaded with drama, humor and spice and quite a bit of angst.  I enjoyed reading Unmasked Heart and look forward to reading more by Vanessa Riley.  Unmasked Heart is book 1 of the Challenge of the Soul Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

 

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review 2018-01-27 04:09
The Rogue Is Back in Town (The Wayward Wallflowers #3) by Anna Bennett
The Rogue Is Back in Town - Anna Bennett

First of all, look at that pretty cover! Yes, I know, I’m shallow and I like pretty covers and that cover is so pretty and purple and it’s just so O-M-G! So pretty that even though I read an ARC of this book I had to buy the print book because yes, pretty cover!

 

Moving on, Sam is known by everyone as a womanizer and a rake. His brother is done with him and is ready to disown him unless he does one thing for him: remove Miss Juliet Lacey, one of the Wilting Wallflowers, and his uncle Alistair from one of his properties.

Sam was a really fun character. He was a rake alright but a the same time he was endearing and oh, so sweet. He knew it was time to stop living a life of debauchery if he wanted to repair the rift between his brother and him, whom he clearly cared for more than money itself. When he met Julie, it seemed he was not going to miss the chance to behave roguishly but he quickly realized Julie was no wilting wallflower and he would have to change tactics if he was going to convince her to leave.
I have a thing for stories with feuds between siblings. I think it’s one of the saddest things that can happen in real life and if an author can make me feel such sadness through the pages I just feel like “yes, this is how it should feel like!”

I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end, and although at times I rolled my eyes at the naivete of Julie, I also found myself remembering she was the youngest of the trio and had never had to deal with any huge problematic issues in her life. She was just a girl trying to find her place in a world that had only recently accepted her and her sisters and only because her sisters had married well. In the end she found her HEA in the least expected man in the least expected way and I think they were perfect for each other.

***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.***

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