‘Temptations of Anna Jacobs’ by Robyn DeHart

rdh ttoajSTORY: Love and justice…

When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn’t much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he’s working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his “innocence.”

Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society’s ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard’s best detective, is scorned for letting Drew go, she confronts the one man who can set the record straight at a ball. She certainly doesn’t count on the rogue being dashing and handsome, nor on him stealing a passionate kiss.

Anna’s brazen contempt for his dangerous reputation captivates Drew, but he is harboring secrets that make him unfit to court any proper woman. As he finds himself an outsider among his colleagues at Scotland Yard, the feisty beauty offers up her medical knowledge to assist him on the case. But when the real killer returns to London to continue his reign of terror, can Anna find safety in Drew’s arms?

REVIEW: The hunt for Jack the Ripper continues in this second book of Robyn DeHart’s Dangerous Liaisons series.

Because of the important and significant part of the background of our hero and the villain, I would recommend you read the first book of this series ‘The Secrets of Mia Danvers’ before you go on to this story. I loved the way the author set up the mystery of the villain, as well as Drew’s past as a wastrel and an alcoholic which are both important to this story.

Ms. DeHart knows her stuff and continues to dangle me on a string as I follow Anna and Drew while they follow the clues to this monster of a villain.

There are so many things I loved about this book, but none so much as I loved the character of a smart, tenacious and enchanting Annabelle Jacobs. I loved the way she stood for herself and for what she believed and for a female in Victorian England to attend medical school and not look for a husband, is rare indeed.

I also liked the way the author characterized our hero, Drew. Here was a man who was forced to deal with a lot of baggage; to look at himself with brutal honesty; accepting who he is and asking for forgiveness and help, again for Victorian England, was rare indeed and it took a lot of courage.

As for the horrific nature of the crimes committed by Jack the Ripper and the fact that Anna was a student of medicine, the author did an amazing job in giving us a realistic look at the police evidence yet still wasn’t gruesome or distasteful to read about.

As the mystery unfolded and we got another glimpse into this monsters mind, we still haven’t figured out who he is, yet we do have at least a good clue, so I’m really anxious to read the last book in this trilogy.

I highly recommend this story for its romance, mystery and characterization of our hero and heroine. I don’t know why, but their romance reminded me of that scene in ‘Pretty Woman’ where Julia Roberts meets Richard Gear half way up the sliding ladder, and says “…she rescues him right back.”

This is what I took from the romance of Drew and Anna. With her open nature and patience, she knew and accepted this man for who he was; a man with a problem who did his best to atone for his past mistakes and a man who would accept her as she is, intelligent and way too talkative.

Loved it!

Melanie for b2b

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‘Surrender to the Earl’ by Gayle Callen

gc stteSTORY: She wanted a favor, not a fiancé.

Audrey Blake’s impromptu plan-asking a visitor to help her take ownership of her rightful property-is unraveling in spectacular fashion. Robbed of her sight by a childhood fever, Audrey has been kept in virtual seclusion by her family. And now the enigmatic Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge, has complicated her scheme to gain independence, insisting they pretend to be engaged.

Duty brought Robert to Audrey’s doorstep. As for what makes him propose marriage…it might be guilt. Compassion. Or something far more urgent and unexpected. Their counterfeit union was supposed to be for Audrey’s benefit. Yet it’s Robert who yearns to prove to the intriguing Audrey how much they both have to gain by making it real-and convincing her to submit to the most blissful passion

REVIEW: This second book of the Brides of Redemption trilogy in which three friends and soldiers who are returning to England from India in a need of redemption after an incident that all three were involved, we watch Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge meet his true love.

I loved the first story, Return of the Viscount [my review is here] and I was really looking forward to this one.

You know how some books lean more to either heroes or heroines, meaning we have more of a character development of one and not enough of the other? Well in this one I was pleasantly surprised that both Audrey and Robert were equally represented by the author as she did an outstanding job in characterizing and fully developing both characters to such extent that I saw and felt them and their emotions very clearly.

It’s Robert’s turn to try and redeem himself to a widow of a man that he feels responsible for dying in that incident in India, two years ago. He is willing to do anything to help young widow of Martin Blake and upon meeting her and offering his help he’s shocked to learn of the way that Audrey’s family is treating her and her blindness.

Audrey Blake was badly used by her husband whose reason for attaching himself to a blind woman was getting his hands on her dowry so he can purchase his commission to go to India, which he did after their wedding night, leaving his bride with her family that despises her blindness and has Audrey as a virtual prisoner within the walls of their home. No wonder she sees Robert as her only means of escape!

However, our hero watches her closely and proposes they get to know each other a bit better before he agrees to her plan of helping her gain her independence by taking her to a property that she inherited.

Robert is pleasantly surprised to see that she’s more than capable of running a household, and upon realizing that the only reason her family is tolerating her is that ability of doing all that work for her father’s house, he decides to help her out. I thought the author did a magnificent job in setting the pace for these two to slowly become acquainted and watching them develop affection for each other was truly special and poignant.

I truly enjoyed the slow pace of this delightful tale, and am looking forward to the next book. Hope you give it a go.

Melanie for b2b

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‘The Heiresses’ by Sara Shepard

ss thSTORY: The series follows one of the most prestigious and wealthy families on the Upper East Side who have built their entire fortune on the business of diamonds.

Due to a clause the grandfather placed in his will, only his granddaughters are set to inherit his massive fortune…these are the heiresses. After the death of their cousin, the remaining heiresses try to figure out if the family curse is real or not, and if not, who killed their cousin, and more importantly, which one of them is next on the hit list?

REVIEW: The Saybrook family has been in the diamond selling business for several generations and have amassed a fortune.  There are five women who are considered to be the heiresses to the family fortune.  They are Poppy, Rowan, Aster, Corrine and Natasha.  When Poppy dies from what appears to have been a jump from her office window in New York, the FBI is called in to investigate.  The family is convinced that she would never have taken her own life and someone must have pushed her to her death.  Thus, the mystery begins as to who would have done this as why.

We follow all the heiresses as we slowly get to know them and try to figure out if someone in the family could have killed Poppy and if so, who.  There is an online gossip site that reports events in the lives of the Saybrooks and no one knows how they get the insider information that they post.  This leaves the family feeling even more vulnerable wondering who will be targeted next.

This is a very good mystery that keeps the reader guessing all the way to the end to figure out the killer. There is also an interesting part that may leave things open for a sequel.  I think that once readers get “hooked” on the story, they will eagerly await a sequel if there is to be one.

My only problem with the book is the vast amount of characters that the reader must “digest” all at once. This is a pet peeve of mine, however, other readers may be better able to accept this. 

Connie for b2b

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Spotlight on Joanna Bourne and …

The Spymaster Series

“The Forbidden Rose” by Joanna BourneThe Forbidden Rose (Spymasters #1)

A glittering French aristocrat is on the run, disguised as a British governess.

Marguerite de Fleurignac, once privileged aristocrat, is on the run, disguised as penniless British governess Maggie Duncan.

England’s top spy has a score to settle with her family.

William Doyle, England’s top spy, has a score to settle with her, recognized when he pulls her from her burned-out chateau.

But as they’re drawn inexorably into the intrigue and madness of Revolutionary Paris, they gamble on a love to which neither of them will admit.

They gamble on a inadmissible love destined for betrayal.

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She’s Never Met A Man She Couldn’t Deceive …

She’s braved battlefields. She’s stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She’s played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can’t outwit …

Until Now.

British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful — and dangerous — Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England. When the two natural enemies are thrown into prison, they forge an uneasy alliance to break free. But their pact is temporary and betrayal seems inevitable. They flee, pursued every step of the way by ruthless authorities, caught in a net of secrets and lies. As the fates of nations hang in the balance, Grey and Annique fight the passion that flares between them — forbidden, impossible, and completely irresistible …

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JB3My Lord and Spymaster (Spymasters #3)

A daring beauty, she was infamous for taking chances . . .

Raised as a poor but cunning pickpocket, Jess Whitby may have grown into a wealthy young woman, but now she must once again rely on her guile. Her father’s been wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, and he’s going to be hanged—unless Jess finds the real traitor in the London underworld. She never dreamed her search would begin by waking up naked in a rude captain’s bed. Or how little she’d mind.

Now she’ll risk everything for love…

When Captain Sebastian Kennett prevents a kidnapping on the London docks, he takes the headstrong would-be victim home. He’s infatuated with her courageous spirit. She’s enthralled by his commanding strength and the sexy spark in his eyes. Then she discovers something else about the spellbinding seaman: He could be the traitor she’s hunting, the man whose next move could determine her father’s fate—and her future as well.

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TBH JBThe Black Hawk (Spymasters #4)

He is her enemy.

He is her lover.

He is her only hope.

Someone is stalking French agent Justine

DeCabrillac through London’s gray streets. Under cover of the rain, the assassin strikes–and Justine staggers to the door of the one man who can save her.  The man she once loved.  The man she hated.  Adrian Hawkhurst.

Adrian wanted the treacherous beauty known as “Owl” back in his bed, but not wounded and clinging to life. Now, as he helps her heal, the two must learn to trust each other to confront the hidden menace that’s trying to kill them–and survive long enough to explore the passion simmering between them once again.

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jb rsRogue Spy (Spymasters #5)

For years he’d lived a lie. It was time to tell the truth…even if it cost him the woman he loved.

Ten years ago he was a boy, given the name Thomas Paxton and sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London, alone and unarmed, to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he’s given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty.

Lovely, lying, former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from her safe rural obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim he’s holding—only to find an old colleague already on the case. Pax.

Old friendship turns to new love, and as Pax and Camille’s dark secrets loom up from the past, Pax is left with a choice—go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forever…

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I live in the Appalachian Mountains with my family and my dog and cat.

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‘Vintage’ by Susan Gloss

sg vSTORY: At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women who are drawn there.

Yellow Samsonite suitcase with ivory, quilted lining, 1950s…
Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. Though she knows the personal history behind each precious item she sells, Violet refuses to acknowledge her own past. When she is faced with the possibility of losing the store, she realizes that, as much as she wants to, she cannot save it alone.

Taffeta tea length wedding gown with scooped neckline and cap sleeves, 1952…
Eighteen-year-old April Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. When she returns the perfect 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won’t let her give up on her dreams.

Orange sari made from silk dupioni with gold paisley design, 1968…
Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her old clothes, remnants of her past life. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears she has nothing more ahead for her.

An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of women’s friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least expect it.

REVIEW: This is a novel written for women encompassing a lot of the trials and stresses that many of them face during their lifetime.

Violet is the owner of Hourglass Vintage, a boutique featuring vintage clothing for women.  Violet has been divorced for five years from a man whom she married too young and who turned out to be a loser.  She loves her shop and is always on the lookout to find vintage pieces.  She has just found out that the owner of the building from whom she rents her shop has decided to sell the building and she will soon be evicted.

April is an 18-year-old girl who is engaged to Charlie and who accidentally got pregnant.  Charlie is from a very wealthy family and is poised to start medical school.  His parents are adamantly against them getting married and their engagement has just been cancelled.

Amithi Singh has found that her husband of 40 years, Naveen, is having an affair and she is devastated.  A woman who has always been an excellent seamstress she now finds herself at loose ends.

These three women meet at Hourglass Vintage and find a friendship that brings them together and helps the three of them to share their problems and find a solution to them.  Their problems in life are real and the author has done a wonderful job in portraying them as such.   I enjoyed this book and look forward to more novels from author Susan Gloss.

Connie for b2b

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‘The Ashford Affair’ by Lauren Willig

lw taaSTORY: As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards—but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . .

What follows is a potent story that spans generations and continents, bringing an Out of Africa feel to a Downton Abbey cast of unforgettable characters. From the inner circles of WWI-era British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl.

REVIEW: After her parents were killed by an omnibus, young Addie was taken in by her Aunt Vera and Uncle Charles to be raised along with their daughter, Bea, at their opulent estate called Ashford.  Vera never failed to remind her that she was living there on charity.  The girls grew up in the early 1900s as a part of the British aristocracy.  Bea was a fun loving young woman who enjoyed parties, drinking and living on the edge as did many of the young aristocracy of the time period.  When Bea marries, her wealthy husband would rather party with other women than stay at home with her.  In frustration, she retaliates and has an affair, becoming pregnant.  She is quickly divorced and marries the baby’s father, Frederick.  As she is considered an outcast in society, they decide to settle in Kenya where they begin a coffee plantation.

After working in London for some years, Addie decides to travel to Kenya to visit with Bea and Frederick. In truth, she has long been attracted to Frederick.  Bea is still the same party loving woman she always was.  While on a safari, Bea disappears and it is feared that she has been attacked, killed and eaten by a wild animal.  After some time, Addie and Frederick get married and live a long and happy life together.

Fast forward to early 2000, and we meet Clemmie, granddaughter to Addie, now widowed, who lives in New York.  Clemmie has worked very hard to become a top-notch attorney.  She has always loved her grandmother and is devastated when she gets a call that she is fading fast.  When Addie passes away, her daughters, Clemmie’s mother and her aunt, begin to let some family secrets come to the surface.  As Clemmie learns more, she finds that Addie is not who she thought she was.

This story switches back and forth from early 1900′s to 2000 to give the reader clues, but the truth does not come out until the end.  It is a good tale and one that describes the life of the aristocracy of early 1900, life in Kenya and in 2000.

Connie for b2b

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Spotlight on Tanya Anne Crosby and …

The Winter Stone: One Legend,

Three Enchanting Novellas!

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with Glynnis Campbell & Laurin Wittig

BOOK BLURB: Once upon a time, in a place time forgot, the last Pict King in Scotland was slain, betrayed by one he loved. Even the Mother of Winter mourned his ignoble death, weeping icy tears that shattered as they fell to Earth. But one did not. This tear of stone she offered to the Guardians of the Old Ways, so that by its light all truths might be known. These are the romantic tales of the Winter Stone…

In My Laird, My Love by Tanya Anne Crosby, a long-lost guardian reaches across time to restore the faith and win the heart of a powerful chieftain.

In Circle of Hearts by Laurin Wittig, a lovely fey maiden doubts the power of her gifts until the love of a fierce Highlander renews her sense of self-worth.

In The Reclaiming by Glynnis Campbell, a broken Scots warrior is healed by a lass who wields the most magical power of all—love.

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tacAUTHOR BIO: Put a menu in front of me and I immediately don’t know what I want. Fried green tomatoes with grits? Yep, OK. Fish? Sounds good, too. OK, so what are you having? I’ll do that too. When it comes to shoes–forget it. I end up buying nothing because I can’t make up my mind. Thank God I have a husband who has great tastes, or my closet might be empty. I’m one of those people who suffers from acute ambivalence given too many choices, but when it comes to what I wanted to do with my life, I’ve known that decidedly since the age of 12–and probably long before that.

It all began once upon a time after a tonsillectomy, when the doc advised mom and dad they should reward me with anything I wanted (the key word here being anything). All I wanted was dad’s typewriter. I got it, of course–a black, sporty Olympia I immediately set out to wearing the letters off the keys. So here I am all these years later, with sixteen books under my belt and a new one on the way … still wearing the letters off keyboards … and loving every minute.

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gcAUTHOR BIO: When she’s not writing swashbuckling historical romances and playing medieval matchmaker, bestselling author Glynnis Campbell (also writing as Sarah McKerrigan and Kira Morgan) is a cartoon voice, the wife of a rock star, and the mother of two young adults.

She’s been a ballerina, a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band, and a voice in those violent video games you won’t let your kids play. She does her best writing on cruise ships, in Scottish castles, on her husband’s tour bus, and at home in her sunny southern California garden. Glynnis loves transporting readers to a place where the bold heroes have endearing flaws, the women are stronger than they look, the land is lush and untamed, and chivalry is far from dead!

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lwAUTHOR BIO: I was indoctrinated into my Scottish heritage at birth when my parents chose my oddly spelled first name from a plethora of Scottish family names. At ten, my grandparents took me to my first American Clan Gregor Society gathering, where I attended my first ceilidh (kay-lee), a Scottish party, and danced to the bagpipes with the hereditary chieftain of the clan. At eleven, my mother took me to Scotland for the first time and it has lived vividly in my imagination ever since.

I hope you’ll join me in my forays into Scotland’s wonderful medieval Highlands. In addition to The Devil of Kilmartin, my National Readers’ Choice Award winning debut novel, please look for my Legacy of MacLeod series – Charming the Shrew and Daring the Highlander – out now. My newest trilogy starts in 2013 with the release of Highlander Betrayed on August 6th, followed by Highlander Avenged and Highlander Redeemed.

I’m a recent empty-nester and now share my home in southeastern Virginia with my husband (who refuses, under any circumstances, to ever wear a kilt), and our Eskie, Anna.

Laurin Wittig

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‘Cavendon Hall’ by Barbara Taylor Bradford

btb chSTORY: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic saga of intrigue and mystique set in Edwardian England.

Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, lives there with his wife Felicity and their six children. Walter Swann, the premier male of the Swann family, is valet to the earl. His wife Alice, a clever seamstress who is in charge of the countess’s wardrobe, also makes clothes for the four daughters.

For centuries, these two families have lived side-by-side, beneath the backdrop of the imposing Yorkshire manor. Lady Daphne, the most beautiful of the Earl’s daughters, is about to be presented at court when a devastating event changes her life and threatens the Ingham name. With World War I looming, both families will find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. Loyalties will be challenged and betrayals will be set into motion. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is sure: these two families will never be the same again. 

Cavendon Hall is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her very best, and its sweeping story of secrets, love, honor, and betrayal will have readers riveted up to the very last page.

REVIEW: Cavendon Hall was finished being built in 1761 and the famous Lancelot “Capability” Brown created the grounds and gardens around the home.  Now, it is 1913 and the home is lived in by Charles Ingham, Sixth Earl of Mowbray, his wife, Felicity, and their six children which include two sons and four daughters.  For generations, the Ingham family has always been served, revered and protected by the Swann family.

One day, while walking on the grounds of her home, the lovely daughter, Daphne, was attacked and brutally raped.  While her attacker was wearing a scarf around his face, she managed to pull it off and saw and recognized who it was.  From the rape, she becomes pregnant and with the help of the level-headed Swann family and the love of her own parents, plans were made for her to take a grand tour of Europe while hiding out until her baby is born and then putting it up for adoption.  However, this is not necessary, for a cousin of Earl Mowbray has just returned from a long stay in America and Switzerland.  When Hugo and Daphne meet, they are drawn to one another and after she confesses the problem to him, they agree to a quick marriage. 

As World War I is threatening, the family is beginning to see changes coming and considers how this will affect them.  The Mowbray heir goes to war as does Hugo.  Cavendon Hall is so large that two wings are opened and used as a recuperation hospital for injured soldiers.  

Intertwined in the novel are side stories of how the Swann family looks after the Ingham family, sharing their secrets and keeping them safe.  Daphne kept the true identity of her rapist a secret letting her parents think it was someone else who was now dead.  However, danger is still there as incidents happen showing there is someone out there who wishes the family harm.  Will this person be caught?  How will the family and Cavendon Hall fare from the war?

Calling all Downton Abbey fans!  This is a novel you will not want to miss!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.  I’m hearing that there will be a sequel and if so, I eagerly await its publication.

Connie for b2b

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Marilyn Brant’s Cover REVEAL of …

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BOOK BLURB: The course of true love doesn’t run smooth for wealthy stock trader Bingley McNamara and the not-so-angelic school psychologist Jane Henderson — a woman who’s making him rethink his commitment to bachelorhood…

In her everyday life, Jane is an interning school psychologist and a woman who wears an angelic mask in public, but she’s not as sweet tempered as she’d like everyone to believe. Turns out, she may have just crossed paths with the one person who’ll unnerve her enough to get her to reveal her true self.

As for Bingley, he’s a wealthy and compulsively social financial guru, who likes to wager on stocks (and, let’s face it, on just about anything that strikes his fancy). But this dedicated ladies’ man may have finally met the woman who’ll challenge his bachelor ways.

Here comes the sequel to Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match!

Bingley McNamara is Will’s first cousin [Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match’s Dr. Will Darcy] and our heroine, Jane Henderson, is Beth’s best friend [Beth Ann Bennet Darcy]. The cousin and the friend are thrown together FAR too frequently for their liking simply because of Beth and Will’s romance and consequent marriage. Jane and Bingley’s story actually starts at the Darcy/Bennet wedding, as they are the maid of honor and best man for the happy couple…

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Marilyn BrantAUTHOR BIO: As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of eight novels to date and, recently, the Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) selected her as their 2013 Illinois Author of the Year.

Her début coming-of-age/new adult novel, ACCORDING TO JANE (Kensington, 2009), featuring the ghost of Jane Austen giving a young woman dating advice, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart Award and the Booksellers’ Best, and it was named one of the “Top 100 Romance Novels of All Time” by Buzzle.com. Other novels have been Doubleday, Book-of-the-Month Club and Literary Guild picks, and a couple of her eBooks have hit #1 on both the Kindle and Nook Top 100.

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‘The Bride Insists’ by Jane Ashford

ja tbiSTORY: When governess Clare Greenough learns she’s inherited a fortune, the good news comes with a catch: it will be held by her cousin until Clare can find a husband.

To stave off ruin, Jamie Boleigh, the seventh Baron of Trehearth, agrees to marry Clare under the condition that she keeps the money, a provision he hopes to overturn. Their passionate relationship becomes a battle of wills.

When the cousin tricks Jamie into betraying his wife, he’ll have to prove the truth or lose her forever.

REVIEW: Just when governess Clare Greenough thinks that her life will always find her teaching difficult and spoiled children, she gets word that she has inherited a sizable fortune from a distant relative. Thrilled, she heads to London along with an older woman, Selina Newton, whom she has hired to be her companion. When she discovers that her evil cousin, Simon Greenough, who denied monetary help years earlier to her and her ailing mother will have control of her fortune until she marries, she immediately seeks to find a man in need of an heiress for a wife.
James Boleigh, seventh Baron Trehearth, is just about to lose his family home and is literally penniless. He has spent too much time lolly-gagging with his friends in London, gambling and drinking way too much. When he learns about Clare, they are quickly introduced, find they suit, marry and leave for his ancestral home, Trehearth in Cornwall. Her companion, Selina, goes along with them.

As the home is in need of an infusion of money for repairs both inside and to the estate cottages, James jumps in to work on the estate repairs and Clare, with the help of Selina, begin to make changes and improvements to the inside. In addition, she meets James’ younger twin sisters who prove themselves to be a handful.

Both James and Clare are in for a great surprise. Clare plans to keep track of the finances and James thinks he should have complete control of all of it. They clash mightily over this. After a big fight, Clare flees in a huff to London leaving James on his own. Never having had a season, Clare meets a wealthy woman, friend of Selina, who welcomes them to stay with her and insists on presenting her to London. After some time apart and drowning his sorrows in alcohol, James goes to London to try and woo his wife back.

While this was a nice story, my big complaint was the immaturity of James and Clare. Clare’s running away from responsibilities grew really old and I wanted to smack her. James’ clamming up and serious alcoholism were tedious. Both of them needed to grow up and fast. However, I would like to think that the author created these “flawed” characters just for that type of reaction from the reader.

Connie for b2b

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