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Who’s the Winner in “The Hating Game”

27213238The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
William Morrow: August 9, 2016
Genre: Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

Outstanding Adventure!

The Hating Game is an absolutely delightful contemporary romance, which is an unusual pick for me, but one I do not regret since it is one of the best contemporary romance novels that I’ve read in a long time. If you’re in the mood for something light yet smart and sassy, The Hatting Game is a must read.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman work together. Both are assistants to two CEOs of a publishing house that has merged and it was not an amicable amalgamation. For Lucy and Josh it was pretty much hate at first sight. Lucy tried to befriend Josh and when that didn’t work, the hating game was born. When you sit across from your mortal enemy each and every day it’s quite natural to turn your mutual animosity into a childish game. However, things start to change when both Lucy and Josh are considered for a new position within the company. The best person might win, but it just might be at the expense of a newfound romance.

The Gang’s All Here: “Lord Dashwood Missed Out”

26115826Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare
Avon: December 8, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Review Source: Free from publisher.

I’d go there again!

So, I’m a big fan of Tessa Dare and her delightfully funny historical romances. Thus, it was an early Christmas present to read Lord Dashwood Missed Out and return to Dare’s Spindle Cove series. As per usual with Dare, Lord Dashwood was a charming little novella made even more fun for Dare’s fans with multiple cameo appearances by her hero and heroines of the previous books in the series.

Miss Elinora Browning is traveling to Spindle Cove to give a talk about her pamphlet, Lord Ashwood Missed Out (written in a fit of rage after over-indulging in some sherry). Nora’s paper was fueled by her anger at being overlooked by George Travers, Lord Dashwood several years ago. As childhood friends Nora always felt a little more than friendly towards the young man who treated her like a sister and was crushed when he left the country after rather disastrously escorting her to the theatre in her first season. Now, Nora delights in being able to offer some comfort to other women who feel overlooked. But, Nora just might not get the chance to share her story with the ladies of Spindle Cove when she’s stranded with another traveler who, of course, turns out to be none other than Lord Dashwood himself. Unsurprisingly, Dash is not thrilled that Nora has written a scathing pamphlet about him and being stranded with her is the perfect chance for him to get his revenge (or so it seems).

Witty Romance in “All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue”

23432292All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan
Avon: July 28, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

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All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue is an enemies-to-lovers historical romance, with an emphasis on the enemies part. However, animosity wasn’t always the defeat mode of conversation for Lady Aurelia and Max, Viscount Camden. When she first met her brother’s friend Aurelia was infatuated, at least until she stumbled upon a scene that shattered her romantic illusions at fifteen. From that point forward Aurelia and Max have been at odds, breaking into fights at family functions, trading barbs and insults, the general animosity that masks a whole heck of a lot of attraction. (more…)

Giveaway & Review! “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid”

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid-1Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch
St. Martin’s: March 3, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

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Suzanne Enoch’s latest is another winner – and to help celebrate it’s release we’re giving away 5 copies of Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid, graciously provided by the publisher. To enter, simply comment on this post before March 24th, 2015 and 5 random people will be chosen as winners.

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid is Enoch’s latest in her Scandalous Highlanders series, and it features the much used (and much beloved) unrequited love trope. Rowena MacLawry has loved Lachlan MacTier for most of her life. However, Lachlan has never returned those affections. He likes her, but as a sister. After returning home to Scotland after her first season in London, Rowena is determined to put Lachlan behind her; she’s ready to give up her girlish fantasies and move on. Unfortunately, Lachlan is in for rude awakening where Rowena is concerned – perhaps he was just a tad too hasty to dismiss her so quickly. What starts as a battle of wills quickly becomes something much more. (more…)

Scandalously Adorable Summer Nights

20706743Scandalous Summer Nights by Anne Barton (Honeycote #3)
Forever: October 28, 2014 (Historical Romance)*

My rating: Beach Vacation (3/5)

Scandalous Summer Nights is the third in Anne Barton’s Honeycote series. While I have not read the previous books, I did not find that this hampered my enjoyment of Summer Nights. This was an incredible sweet romance between an impulsive young woman and a man who is unwilling to give up his dreams for exploration (at least, not yet).

Lady Olivia Sherbourne has been infatuated with her older brother’s best friend, James Averill for a long time. Generally, she is an outspoken person; however, she has never voiced her attraction for James, until she learns that he’s set to travel to Egypt. Olivia is aware that she has to do something to keep him from leaving, unfortunately her efforts are rebuffed:

His blood was boiling – and not from desire. How dare Olivia spoil their friendship? Things would never be the same between them now. No more playful banter, no more gentle teasing. She’d ruined everything. Including his lifelong friendship with her brother. (p. 25)

While James is not unaware of Olivia’s charms, he would prefer that she not rock the boat. He’s heading off to Egypt and Olivia’s efforts are not going to change this. Until they do. (more…)