‘The Earl’s Enticement’ by Collette Cameron

cc teeSTORY: She won’t be tamed. 

A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.

He can’t forget.

Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women. Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement. He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.

REVIEW: The story of Adaira Ferguson and Roark Marquardt, the Earl of Clarendon, who were briefly mentioned in ‘Highlander’s Hope’ is in this third book of the Castle Brides series. It’s not necessary for you to have read the first two books in order to follow their HEA, as the story can be stand alone.

As in the previous two books, Ms. Cameron crafts a well thought out plot, then gives it a fast pace and a wonderful dialogue that keeps this story interesting and always moving. I loved both main characters very much and their first meeting was superbly executed.

Talk about mistaken identity! And talk about appropriate punishment for our little ‘hoyden’ of a heroine! I also liked the way these two ‘sizzled’ off the pages. No matter what they did, fight or love, sparks were flying, left and right.

But what gives this story its depth is the richness of the characters within it, and that’s something I always look for in my romances. I hope you’ll give this author a go. She has a lot of great tales in her and I’m looking forward to her telling of them.

Melanie for b2b

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‘The Seduction of Lady X’ by Julia London

jl tsolx2STORY: The would-be Earl of Ashwood sets his romantic sights on a forbidden prize in the enchanting third novel from Julia London’s addictively sexy new series.

The surprising news that dashing steward Harrison Tolly, illegitimate son of the Earl of Ashwood, is the rightful heir to his father’s estate comes at a most inopportune time. With a wedding on the horizon and a baby on the way, a new life of privilege and prestige would be a blessing but for one problem: his heart belongs to another woman.

Harrison keeps his desires for his employer’s wife, Lady Olivia Carey, so hidden that even she does not know of his devotion. Her callous husband, Marquis Carey, went into a rampage after Olivia’s troublesome younger sister returned from her tour of Spain pregnant, and Harrison impulsively stepped in to save the entire family from scandal. Now, like Olivia, he is trapped in a loveless arrangement. When a tragic accident claims the marquis’ life soon thereafter, can Harrison seize his chance and cast aside one sister for another? Or will doing so expose the Carey family’s darkest secret—and ruin his only chance to win Olivia’s heart?

REVIEW: When Lady Olivia Carey married Lord Edward Carey, she was a lovely and innocent young girl taken with the idea of marriage to a man who appeared to be a gentleman. She quickly found that not to be the case. Instead, Edward was a drunkard who came to her bed to rape her in an attempt to get an heir. Often, the whiskey kept him from being able to perform. He constantly insulted and abused her. She felt that this was to be her lot in life and she did all she could to cajole Edward and put up a brave front.

Her younger sister, Alexa, had recently come to live with them after her tour of Italy with her aunt. Their parents were now both deceased. It soon became clear to Olivia that Alexa was pregnant and she admitted to her that she had fallen in love with a man named Carlos and had gotten pregnant. She fled Italy when she saw him kissing another woman. When Edward finds out about Alexa’s pregnancy, he is enraged and banishes her from the house.

The steward for the Carey’s estate, Harrison Tolly, had been born a bastard. He had worked as steward of the estate, was a wonderful manager, and had been with the family for some time. He lived in the Dower House. He continuously told his friends who tried to fix him up with a woman that he is in love with Lady X and refuses to give her name. He was a gentle man and a kind friend to Olivia. This friendship flares to love. Of course, Lady X is Olivia. They both know their love can never be and he kindly offers to wed Alexa to save her child from being a bastard like he was.

The abuse that Olivia suffers from Edward enraged me as I read it. The author’s descriptions of the situation were on target with how many alcoholics and abusers act. But the love that Olivia and Harrison share for one another is so fragile and delicate, again as beautifully described by the author.

Without giving out any more spoilers, I would say that this was one of the most satisfying romance novels I’ve read in quite awhile. Although I have not read the first two novels of this series, I most certainly intend to do so right away.

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‘Butterfly Palace’ by Colleen Coble

cc bpSTORY: When Lilly Donnelly arrives at the Cutlers’ famed Butterfly Mansion in 1899, the massive house and unfamiliar duties threaten to overwhelm her. Victorian Austin is lavish, highly political, and intimidating, but with the help of the other servants, Lilly resolves to prove herself to her new employers.

Then, while serving at an elegant dinner party, Lilly recognizes one distinguished guest as Andrew, the love of her life, who abandoned her without a word back home. He seems to have assumed a new identity and refuses to acknowledge her, leaving her confused and reeling.

Before Lilly can absorb this unwelcome news, she’s attacked. Could it be the sinister Servant Girl Killer who has been terrorizing Austin? Or is it someone after something more personal–someone from her past?

Does she dare trust Andrew to help or is he part of the danger threatening to draw Lilly into its vortex?

REVIEW: The year is 1904 and Lily Donaldson is a young woman now alone in the world after having lost her father in a fire and her mother a couple of years later after an illness. The man she was in love with, Andy Hawkins, was the son of a blacksmith whose father also perished in the same fire as her own father. Andy disappeared right after the fire leaving Lily alone and heartbroken. Now, she has taken the step to move to Austin Texas to work as a kitchen maid in the huge home of the Marshall family known as Butterfly Palace. When she arrives, her good work is soon noticed by Belle, the spoiled and temperamental niece of Mr. Everett Marshall, and she soon becomes Belle’s maid. As Belle is Mr. Marshall’s sole heir, he is wanting to find a good husband for her.

When Lily sees Andy attending a social function at the Marshall home, she is shocked. He is now known as Drew Hawkes and has grown into a very handsome and well-spoken man. He notices her as well and quietly tells her that he is now part of the government tracking a ring of counterfeiters. Still angry with him for deserting her, she does her best to avoid him. At the same time, a number of young blonde working women have been found murdered and the police are on a hunt for the Servant Girl Killer.

Mr. Marshall is nearly obsessed with butterflies and has a huge collection including some very expensive ones he keeps in a locked room. He is also running for the Senate and Drew has discovered there is a plan in afoot to have him assassinated.

The characters and events in this terrific mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. Again, Colleen Coble has written a terrific novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it

Connie for b2b

‘Sweet Talk Me’ by Kieran Kramer

kk stmSTORY: He’s sure got a way with words…

The last person True Maybank expected to run into while picking up her wedding gown was country music superstar Harrison Gamble. Years ago, when they were small-town teens in Biscuit Creek, South Carolina, they shared a forbidden night of passion. Now that she’s about to settle down, True’s love affair with the handsome crooner is a thing of the past. Or is it? From the moment he says hello, she has to fight swooning like an adoring fan.

Can she resist his charms?

Today he’s rich, famous, and on every woman’s hot list. But back in the day, Harrison wasn’t good enough for debutante True. Since then she’s had her fair share of marital prospects, including the perfect Southern gentleman she’s about to settle down with. Is Harrison the only one to realize the mistake True’s about to make? Can the society girl and the sexy singer make music together—this time around?

REVIEW: I’m a huge Kieran Kramer fan. Her regency stories are well written, populated with a bunch of fun, interesting and well-rounded characters with plots that are believable and plausible. I enjoyed every book she wrote and that’s why I dreaded reading this book.

You see, this is Ms. Kramer’s first foray in telling a contemporary story and I thought what if it sucks? I hate it with a vengeance when I have to review a book that sucks from an author that I love. Don’t laugh! It happens more than you know!

Well, color me happy, let the balloons fly and give me a drink! She did it! I loved, LOVED this story so much!

She created a very vivid world of this small Southern town, with people just like you and me, than she gave them interesting background, some baggage and a dialogue that made me laugh, cry [no joke!] and sigh, all at the same time!

The story is about a second chance at love and the read is light, but still poignant, sweet and fun. If I had one word to describe this story, it would be ‘hope’. I dare you to read it and walk away without hope of finding that ‘someone’ of your own!

Can you tell I’m breathing a bit better now that I know ‘my favorite’ author can write contemporary as well as regency?! Oh, and that I can now tell her that the book doesn’t suck and it’s actually awesome!

Needless to say, I recommended it to all Kieran Kramer fans, as well as to all of you that are looking for love.

Melanie for b2b

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‘Unleashing Mr. Darcy’ by  Teri Wilson

tw umdSTORY: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman teetering on the verge of thirty must be in want of a husband.

Not true for Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott. Instead of planning a walk down the aisle, she’s crossing the pond with the only companion she needs; her darling dog, Bliss. Caring for a pack of show dogs in England seems the perfect distraction from the scandal that ruined her teaching career, and her reputation, in New York. What she doesn’t count on is an unstoppable attraction to billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy. The London tycoon’s a little bit arrogant, a whole lot sexy, and the chemistry between them is disarming. When passion is finally unleashed, might Elizabeth hope to take home more than a blue ribbon?

REVIEW: When Elizabeth Scott loses her teaching job at an élite private school in Manhattan, she is completely shaken.  Turns out she had the “audacity” to give one of her students a failing grade for – well – failing! Since wealthy parents never expect something like this to happen, Elizabeth is shocked when the parent tries to bride her to change the grade. She says no and the parent gets her fired.

Elizabeth consoles herself by working to show her dog, Bliss.  The judge of the dog show is the handsome, Donovan Darcy from England.  They immediately notice one another and chat during the judging.  Even though he’s a gorgeous guy, Elizabeth does not like his teasing her.  When she meets a couple from London showing their dogs, they invite her to come stay with them in England and help be a trainer for their champion Cavaliers.  This is the perfect answer for Elizabeth right now so off she goes. But who does she run into but Mr. Darcy who happens to live across the street from her friends.  They keep running into one another and end up at shows together.  The attraction between them is magnetic; however, Elizabeth is too standoffish to easily make a go of the relationship.  A little banter back and forth is OK, but this was so excessive that I wanted to smack Elizabeth.

I suppose this novel is supposed to be a take on “Pride and Prejudice.”  It was well-written, clever at times and funny at times.  It’s just too bad that the author did not reign in Elizabeth’s haughtiness.

Connie for b2b

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‘Thick as Thieves’ by Catherine Gayle

cg tatSTORY: David Hounslow, the Marquess of Preston, will not stand aside while those he loves are hurt. Preston determines his brother-in-law’s guest is up to no good, so he scrutinizes every move of the would-be thief. Not that he minds—Lady Frederica is as beautiful and intelligent as she is enigmatic. Considering her wastrel brother and her proclivity for the less-than-savory, Preston never expected to be won over to the lady’s charms. Yet she just might steal his heart. 

Desperation has become Lady Frederica Bexley-Smythe’s constant companion due to her brother’s affinity for gambling. With the fate of her family resting upon her shoulders, the time has arrived for Freddie to bend the rules. How else can she secure their future? Unfortunately, Lord Preston’s scrutiny complicates her task. Far more perplexing than his perusal is his caring nature, which is more than merely a distraction. But desperate times call for desperate measures… 

***This novella of approximately 25,000 words was originally published in the anthology A PACT BETWEEN GENTLEMEN.***

REVIEW: David Hounslow, the Marquess of Preston, is sitting with several of his friends remembering their friend, Lord Arrington, who has just passed away at the hand of his wife.  She had struck him in the head with a fire iron, killing him.  Philandering men, beware!  Now, his friends are toasting his life and cringing that a woman could kill a man like that and all vowing that they will never take a wife.  Ha!

It’s nearly Christmas and David is looking forward to spending it with his sisters, their spouses and their children at Padmore Glen, the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Lord and Lady Upton Grey.  Along with his siblings and family, other guests included the Dowager Countess of Upton Grey who lives in the dower house on the Padmore estate.  Hoping to escape any husband-seeking young ladies, David is not happy to find sisters, Lady Frederica (Freddie) Bexley-Smythe and Lady Edie Bexley-Smythe visiting as well.  They and their widowed mother are nearly destitute after their brother, Percy, took over the Stalbridge family fortune and lost most of it on gambling.

When Freddie overhead David and his brother-in-law discussing an a recently discovered and unused room on the estate that has countless valuable items, her ears perked up.  She did not think she could bring herself to resort to thievery, but knowing her mother and sister needed to be cared for was quickly pushing her in that direction.  In actuality, the monies from the sale of these items had been allotted to help support Darlingshire House, (a place that David oversees) which a home for women who have happened upon unfortunate circumstances and need a place to live.

Still disgusted and, frankly, rather frightened that a “mere” woman could kill a man with a fire poker, David finds himself even more leery of women.  So when, he hears a noise and investigates it one night only to catch Freddie in “the room.”  Deciding not to expose her, he decides to keep a close eye on her instead.  How close an eye you might ask.  Read it and find out.

I’ve just scratched the surface of this great story and hope you will find it as captivating as I did.  Catherine Gayle is a great author and I’m looking forward to reading more of her novels.

Connie for b2b

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‘A Dance with the Devil’ by Catherine Gayle

cg adwtdSTORY: As the Earl of Blackmore, Lucas Devalle is no stranger to the scandals propagated by Society’s elite, particularly since more than a few of those scandals have come about due to the Devalle family’s affairs. As such, it comes as no surprise when a young lady in search of a scandal attempts to entrap him at the ball he’s giving to honor his brother’s betrothal. He is surprised when second young lady intervenes in the name of freeing him from an undesirable fate. Why would anyone feel the need to safeguard his name when he is one of the devilish Devalles?

When she escaped into the gardens at Lord Blackmore’s ball, Miss Julianna Selwyn’s intentions had merely been to escape from an elderly, marriage-minded marquess’s unwanted advances. She never planned to eavesdrop on her host. But no matter how wicked Lord Blackmore is purported to be, he doesn’t deserve to be forced into the parson’s mousetrap when he’s done nothing wrong. Had Julianna not overheard every sordid detail of a young lady’s plan to ensnare the earl, however, she might have avoided initiating her own scandalous to-do.

With his curiosity piqued, Luke does what any reasonable man, rogue or not, would do—he seeks out an introduction to his charming liberator. Upon uncovering Julianna’s dilemma, he’s determined to return the favor as only he can: he makes certain his rescuer gets more than just A Dance with the Devil.

REVIEW: Lucas (Luke) Devalle is the sixth Earl of Blackmore, and one of the sons known as “those devilish Devalles.”  They are well-known for having wild fun before preparing themselves to settle down and get married.  Luke’s brother, Gabriel, is engaged to marry Miss Miranda Hunt whose sister, Samantha, is doing her best to ensnare Luke.

Julianna Selwyn is now in her fourth season and her mother is anxious to see her married off.  To her horror, the elderly Lord Medeley is after Julianna for his third wife and, hopefully, a woman to give him an heir to add to his already nine daughters.

While attending a ball at Luke’s home, Blackmore House, Julianna slipped outside in the garden for a bit of air and happened to overhear a conversation where Samantha Hunt had come upon Luke and told him that she would tell everyone that he had tried to seduce her and he would have to marry her.  To Luke’s huge relief, Julianna quickly made herself known to them and told Samantha she had overheard the conversation and sent an embarrassed Samantha scurrying back inside.

As Luke later thanked Julianna for rescuing him, they devised a plan where he would ask for her hand, thus saving her from Lord Medeley, and later she would call off the engagement.  That way, Luke would keep his freedom as well.  Good idea, huh?  Well, not so fast.  What they didn’t plan on was an attraction that started to grow between them.  Will they follow through with their original plan?  You’ve got to read it to find out.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Gayle’s story and the great descriptions and true to form events of the time period.  The book is not overlong and drawn out either which was an extra treat.

Connie for b2b

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‘Fashionably Late’ by Beth Kendrick

bk flSTORY: She’s late for her life…

Becca Davis has always played it safe — denying her passion for fashion design in a dead-end job and letting her pragmatic boyfriend (mastermind of the “Kevin Bradley Ten-Year Plan”) make the tough decisions in life. Stunned into saying yes when Mr. Predictable springs a surprise proposal on her, Becca realizes that she’s running out of time to turn her life around. She’s only got one more chance to chase her dreams and no one — not her control freak fiancé, not her dramaholic sisters, not her overprotective parents — will talk her out of it.

He’s right on time.

Terrified but determined, Becca breaks off her engagement, moves in with her sister in Los Angeles, and prepares to take the fashion world by storm. The reality of the Hollywood scene is much harsher than she anticipated — lots of slamming doors, snooty clients, and double-crossing celebrity stylists — but she won’t give up. And while she’s waiting for her big break, she meets Connor, a sexy risk-taker who’s the polar opposite of her ex-fiancé. Is Becca ready for his all-or-nothing approach to love? With her design business taking off and her family starting to fall apart, she’s about to learn the timeliest lesson of all: Love and fashion wait for no woman.

REVIEW: Becca Davis has always wanted to be a fashion designer.  Living in Arizona with her parents (groan), she enjoys creating unusual pieces made by combining parts of different bits of vintage clothing.  She has been dating Kevin for years now.  He is “Mr. Perfect” as in perfectly predictable, perfectly boring, etc.  His proposal was so lame that Becca was completely underwhelmed.  Wishing she could get up the nerve to break it off with him, her chance to do so arrives.  Her sister, Claire, is getting married to a very wealthy guy in Los Angeles so Becca decides to pack up and say goodbye to Kevin and Arizona and try her hand as a designer in LA.

As with most wanna-bees in LA, she has to start working in a restaurant (or the like).  She begins making friends one of whom is the restaurant’s owner, Connor Sullivan.  They begin a relationship which knocks her socks off.

Becca’s first venture into working to promote her work ends up pretty bad.  Without spoiling the story, suffice to say that there are so real vultures out there ready to pick the bones of novices.

For awhile, Becca lives with her married sister, Claire, in her huge mansion.  However, Claire is such a complete diva, that she drives everyone nuts.  But, when Claire’s husband’s venture goes bad, they lose everything just then that Claire finds she is carrying twins.

Will Kevin finally win Becca over or will Connor be the winner?  Check it out.

This was a cute novel with some really great characters.  Claire is a total hoot with her diva selfishness.  Her character made the story for me.

Connie for b2b

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‘It Takes a Scandal’ by Caroline Linden

cl itasSometimes it takes a scandal . . .

Abigail Weston has everything: beauty, wit, and one of the largest dowries in England. Her parents hope she’ll wed an earl. Abigail hopes for a man who wants her desperately and passionately. But the money seems to blind every man she meets-except one.

Sebastian Vane has nothing. He came home from war with a shattered leg to find his father mad and his inheritance gone. He’s not a fit suitor for anyone, let alone an heiress. But Abigail lights up his world like a comet, bright and beautiful and able to see him instead of his ruined reputation. And it might end happily ever after . . .

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Until Benedict Lennox begins courting Abigail. Ben is everything Sebastian isn’t-wealthy, charming, heir to an earl. Sebastian won’t give up the only girl he’s ever loved without a fight, but Abigail must choose between the penniless gentleman who moves her heart, and the suitor who is everything her parents want.

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A recluse. Why? He might have fallen on hard times, but his house was gracious and beautiful, a handsome brick mansion. One could easily see it, for it sat on the ridge of the hill that rose beyond Hart House. And he was handsome enough—even without counting his reserve—that most girls would overlook a limp, if they noticed it at all. When he used the cane it was almost imperceptible. Even more, Abigail didn’t sense he wanted to be a recluse. He could have held back when she was chasing Milo and avoided her entirely; she hadn’t noticed him at all until he spoke to her. He hadn’t needed to walk her back to the house. He hadn’t needed to give her that long, appraising look at the end, as though he was drinking in every facet of her appearance …

Well. If balls were good for anything, they were good for gossip. Surely a man as mysterious as Sebastian Vane would have inspired some whispers. She pinned one last sprig of loose jasmine into her hair and went down the stairs, determined to find out.

‘How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days’

[An American Heiress in London] by Laura Lee Guhrke

llg htladitdThey had a deal…

From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess. Five years later, she’s delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.

But deals are made to be broken…

By marrying an heiress, Stuart was able to pay his family’s enormous debts, and Edie’s terms that he leave England forever seemed a small price to pay. But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it’s time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But is ten days enough to win her heart?

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EXCERPT:

Stuart took a deep breath and rubbed his hands over his face, working to govern the violence inside himself. Rage would be of no help right now. He reached for his walking stick, took up his shoes, and returned to his own room. He dressed for dinner, and somehow, putting on a starched bib shirt, white waistcoat, black trousers, and black dinner jacket helped him tamp down the rage inside. As he tied his white silk tie into a proper bow, as he fastened shirt studs and cufflinks, as he tucked a white pocket square into place, he was able to set aside the part of his soul that was raging beast and regain the part that was civilized man. Then, and only then, he went in search of his wife. He found her by the Roman Garden, or as she called it, the Secret Garden. She was sitting on the bench where they’d sat the day before, but as she caught sight of him emerging from between the tall clumps of fennel and mullein, she jumped to her feet. “What do you want?”

He stopped, studying her across the courtyard, considering how to proceed without causing her more pain or making things worse. He’d come out here to comfort her, but looking at her now, he suspected she would welcome comfort about as much as she might welcome having a tooth drawn.

He took a deep breath. “It wasn’t just your heart he broke, was it?”

Her face twisted, and it was like a knife going into his chest. “He…” Stuart paused, working to force the words out. “He violated you.”

She made no sound, she shed no tears. She didn’t move or speak. She just looked at him, and no answer to his question was necessary. Her pain hung in the sultry summer air between them, and Stuart’s rage drove even deeper, spread even wider. From the beginning, he’d sensed her pain; he just hadn’t seen the true reason for it. Or maybe he just hadn’t wanted to see? This wasn’t a broken heart or a virgin’s fear; this wasn’t something simple. Still, he knew the truth now, and as horrific as it was, there was no going back, so what was he supposed to do with the knowledge? God, in a situation like this, what was any man supposed to do?

‘Redemption of the Duke’ by Gayle Callen

gc rotdA duke who needs to be tamed…a lady who refuses to be rescued.

Adam Chamberlin was the third son of a duke, known for gambling binges and drunken nights. No one expected anything of him …until tragedy strikes. Now Adam is the new Duke of Rothford, determined to right the wrongs he’s done. Except a secret in his past means helping the one woman who doesn’t want his help at all…

It’s not every day that a duke introduces himself to a woman sitting by herself in Hyde Park. Faith Cooper is even more surprised when Adam offers her a position as a lady’s companion to his elderly aunt. Faith refuses to be beholden to a man again-certainly not this man, who both infuriates and attracts her. But with the simmering passion between them, will Faith surrender to forbidden desire?

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EXCERPT: (From the opening of the book)

Adam Chamberlin sat alone in his London study, preoccupied once again by the astonishing realization that he was now the Duke of Rothford—he, the youngest of three sons, who’d been called a scoundrel and a rake and worse by his own brothers. For many years he’d taken great pleasure in living up to that. He and his younger sister were the offspring of his father’s second marriage to a much younger woman who’d brought little but beauty to the family, not property or connections. Adam’s brothers had never let him forget it, although always out of earshot of their father.

He’d deserved Society’s scorn once upon a time; he’d even reveled in it—anything to prove to his brothers that their threats and their condemnation didn’t matter to him.

Before joining the army, he’d never been responsible for anything or anyone. But the Eighth Dragoon Guards had shown him that a man could be judged on his honorable deeds, not his ancestors or his money. He’d been able to start over, to support himself instead of holding his breath waiting for his father to die and his brothers to make good on their threats of cutting him off.

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‘How To Lose A Duke In Ten Days’ by Laura Lee Guhrke

llg htladitdSTORY: They had a deal…

From the moment she met the devil-may-care Duke of Margrave, Edie knew he could change her life. And when he agreed to her outrageous proposal of a marriage of convenience, she was transformed from ruined American heiress to English duchess. Five years later, she’s delighted with their arrangement, especially since her husband is living on another continent.

But deals are made to be broken…

By marrying an heiress, Stuart was able to pay his family’s enormous debts, and Edie’s terms that he leave England forever seemed a small price to pay. But when a brush with death impels him home, he decides it’s time for a real marriage with his luscious American bride, and he proposes a bold new bargain: ten days to win her willing kiss. But is ten days enough to win her heart?

REVIEW: I have to start this review with an admission that I really don’t read this author enough, even though I had a pleasure of meeting her in person, so that needs to change and soon.

This is a second book of the An American Heiress in London series, and it’s Edie’s story [which means I missed the first story and it's time to get it since I’m now hooked on it].

Here’s why you need to get your paws on this story: characterization of these two poor souls who had to come to terms with themselves first, in order to love each other fully. Both brought to the relationship a ton of baggage and watching them deal with all of it was heartbreaking, poignant and enlightening. I was bawled over with their relationship which was mere acquaintance throughout the first five years of their marriage, and then came wonderful, slow but tension filled build-up to the love each other finally admits to. WOW!

If you love your characters complex, and the stories emotionally charged, trust me, this is one read you do NOT want to miss.

Melanie for b2b

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