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English Miss Meets “The Highlander”

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The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne
St. Martin’s Paperbacks: August 2, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

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Kerrigan Byrne has become immensely popular due to her Victorian Rebels series; The Highwayman was a huge hit when it came out and I was seeing it everywhere I read about new books. While I had mixed feelings about the first book, I thought The Hunter was brilliant. If you’re a fan of romances that focus on folks with a darker past, there’s no question that you are reader that will enjoy all of the books in Byrne’s series and this latest is no different.

Colonel Liam MacKenzie is in need of a governess for his two children. After years away from home, Liam has returned home and is determined to do right by his family, something that he finds difficult considering the demons of his past. As a start, Liam hires a governess, Philomena, to get his daughter and son back on track. What Liam doesn’t count on is his mysterious governess and his desire to unravel her secrets. For her part, Mena is essentially in hiding. After being rescued from the “hospital” her husband put her in, Mena has been instructed to hide her true identity, which becomes difficult as she finds herself growing closer to Liam. (more…)

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The Battle Ends in “The Autumn Republic”

20883847.jpgThe Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
Orbit: February 10, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free From Library

I’d go there again!
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The Autumn Republic is the final book in McClellan’s Powder Mage trilogy. Having enjoyed both The Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign, I was pretty confident that I would also enjoy The Autumn Republic. In the final book of the trilogy the author ties up loose ends and satisfactorily concludes the trilogy. However, I have since learned that there will be a new trilogy set in the same world with Vlora as one of it’s main characters. Yay! So, I can also say that The Autumn Republic leaves enough room for this upcoming trilogy. (more…)

Intrigue, Mystery & Spies in “London Gambit”

29095138London Gambit: Tracy Grant
NYLA: May 5, 2016
Genre: Historical Mystery
Source: Free From Publisher

I’d go there again!
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London Gambit is Tracy Grant’s latest Suzanne and Malcolm Rannoch historical adventure. In this outing, Suzanne and Malcolm are investigating a number of things. First, Malcolm is called to the scene of the murder, only to discover that the man found dead is a former military man and found in a warehouse connected with a previous investigation. Second, Suzanne learns of potential plot to free Napoleon, which could put her and her family at risk, considering that she is a former French spy. And if that wasn’t enough, it seems that the murder just might hit closer to home than Malcolm originally thought when a personal friend seems to be keeping secrets. Luckily, Malcolm and Suzanne have their trusted (and unofficial) band of investigators to help them discover the truth. (more…)

“Good Dukes Wear Black” and Get the Girl

25663626.jpgGood Dukes Wear Black by Manda Collins
St. Martin’s: April 5, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

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Good Dukes Wear Black is Manda Collins’ final book in her Lords of Anarchy historical romance trilogy. In the final installment Piers Hamilton, the Duke of Trent, has taken over leadership of the Lords of Anarchy, the disreputable driving club. Trent’s belief that he has turned around the reputation of the club is challenged when Miss Ophelia Dauntry charges Trent to help her find the kidnapped wife of one of the club’s members. This investigation also conveniently throws these two acquaintances together, forcing them to explore the attraction between them.

I enjoyed both of the previous books in the series, A Good Rake is Hard to Find and Good Earl Gone Bad and the final book is just as entertaining. Once again readers are treated to a mystery and a more-or-less trouble free romance.  (more…)

Murder, Weddings & Romance in “Death Comes to Kurland Hall”

23453124Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd
Kensington: November 24, 2015
Genre: Historical Mystery
Review Source: Free copy from publisher.

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Death Comes to Kurland Hall is the third of Lloyd’s historical mystery series featuring amateur sleuthing duo, Major Robert Kurland and Miss Lucy Harrington. Having enjoyed both the first and the second book, I was anxiously awaiting this third installment – and I was not disappointed. In this outing the murder investigation is rather closer to home. That is, the murder occurs in the Major’s home just after a friend’s marriage. Of course, Robert and Lucy must investigate, if only they could agree on how to proceed. (more…)

“The Irresistible Rogue”: Serving Your Country, Through Marriage?

23848336The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman
St. Martin’s: November 3, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Review Source: Free copy from publisher.

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I loved Bowman’s previous romance, The Unlikely Lady – it was funny, romantic and a little ridiculous (in a good way). So, when I cracked open my eReader to start The Irresistible Rogue I had high hopes. While I certainly liked The Irresistible Rogue, I have to admit that it fell a bit flat in comparison to The Unlikely Lady (which simply sparkled). The Irresistible Rogue was still everything that I’ve come to expect from this author – witty, charming, fun – but I wasn’t quite convinced by the whole spy angle.

At the end of The Unlikely Lady readers learn that Lady Daphne Swift has been married in secret to a spy, Captain Rafe Cavendish. What motivated their marriage of convenience was the necessity of Rafe bringing Daphne along to the docks during a mission where her linguistic skills were an asset. Daphne, you see, speaks Russian, and the men Rafe is tracking only speak Russian. However, the only way Daphne’s elder brother would agree to Daphne’s participation was for Rafe to marry her (in name only) and protect her with his life. Now, a year later, Daphne is ready to move with her life and is on the verge of engaging herself to another man, at least, as soon as her husband grants her an annulment. Complicating matters further is Rafe’s refusal to grant the annulment because he once again needs to call on Daphne’s Russian language capabilities. And he, like Daphne, feels this inconvenient attraction, which makes it quite hard to contemplate an annulment to the very person you’re attracted to. (more…)

“The Bloodforged” Sequel Outdoes its Predecessor

24611461The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey
Ace: September 29, 2015 (Fantasy)*

I’d go there again!

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The Bloodforged is Lindsey’s follow-up to The Bloodbound, which I reviewed last week. After cracking open The Bloodforged it is immediately clear that this is a much, much stronger book. The addition of new character perspectives goes a long way in making The Bloodforged a more complex and compelling fantasy story, and leaves the reader wanting more. (more…)

War & Romance in “The Bloodbound”

20949421The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey
Ace: September 30, 2014 (Fantasy)

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The Bloodbound is the first in a fantasy series set in a world that is in the midst of war. Lady Alix Black disobeys orders and ends up saving the life of her king, and finds herself promoted to his bodyguard. While Alix feels some reservations for leaving her comrades behind, there are distinct benefits for being Captain of the king’s guards, like taking part in the war council. It also doesn’t hurt that King Erik isn’t hard on the eyes. (more…)

“When a Scot Ties the Knot” with a Bookish Spinster, Humour Ensues

23587120When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
Avon: August 25, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

Outstanding Adventure
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It’s no secret, I’m a huge Tessa Dare fan, and I’m fairly certain that When a Scot Ties the Knot is my favourite book by this author since A Week to be Wicked. This latest historical romance, was everything that I’ve come to expect from Dare: funny, silly, and romantic.

At the age of sixteen Miss Madeline Gracechurch was on the cusp of making her debut into society, the only thing holding her back was her paralyzing fear of crowds. Naturally, as a young woman of sixteen, Madeline makes a rather impetuous choice and invents herself a suitor in one Captain Logan MacKenzie, effectively taking away the necessity of a Season. After killing off her devoted beau years later, Maddie settles into spinsterhood in a castle that she inherited from her godfather. Maddie develops a budding career as a naturalist illustrator, until a Scottish highlander comes to call: (more…)

WWI Romance in “Not By Sight”

23411528Not By Sight by Kate Breslin
Bethany House: August 4, 2015 (Historical Fiction; Christian Fiction)*

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“When bad things occur, it’s the devil working to shake our belief. We have to look to our hearts for the truth and not at what the world does. ‘We live by faith, not by sight’”.

Not By Sight caught my attention because of its WWI connection – it’s a period in history that fascinates me endlessly. In general, I tend to say away from Christian Fiction recognizing that it’s just not my thing – I get why it’s popular but it tends to be too sweet and the faith element is not subtle enough for my taste. That said, Not By Sight pleasantly surprised me. The historical details were great, the plot was exciting and the religious element was not overpowering.  (more…)