Spotlight on Amelia Grey and ‘Last Night with the Duke’!


lwtd-agBOOK BLURB: Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind–until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?

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“Twenty-five and never been kissed.” His voice was low, and soft. “I find that very intriguing.”

His hold over her intensified. There was something about his unobtrusive interest in her that stirred her wom- anly passions to an anticipation she couldn’t have known existed.

Her throat ached with an increasing need that was al- ways denied—to feel his lips caress hers. Perhaps he found it intriguing she’d never been kissed, but she found it discouraging that she’d never had the opportunity to know what it felt like to be kissed. She wanted to know.

Putting all her sensible, inner declarations aside, and willing her voice not to quiver, she asked, “Are you offering to change that, Your Grace?”

REVIEW: This is the first story in The Rakes of St. James series and I found it lighthearted and fun. I believe the faster pace of it might have had me enjoying it even more.

As for the characters, they were well fleshed out, but I missed that special spark of chemistry between the two.

If you love your romance to have a little mystery and humor, then this one’s for you.

Melanie for b2b

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©2013GulfReflectionsStudioIncAUTHOR BIO: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award.

Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and most recently to Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Amelia is the author of twenty-five books. She’s been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida. Her first book with St. Martin’s was The Duke in My Bed.

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‘The Bastard’ by John Jakes

tb jjSTORY: One man’s quest for his destiny leads him to the New World and into the heart of the American Revolution

Meet Phillipe Charboneau: the illegitimate son and unrecognized heir of the Duke of Kentland. Upon the Duke’s death, Phillipe is denied his birthright and left to build a life of his own. Seeking all that the New World promises, he leaves London for America, shedding his past and preparing for the future by changing his name to Philip Kent. He arrives at the brink of the American Revolution, which tests his allegiances in ways he never imagined.

REVIEW: This is the first book of the Kent Family Chronicles as well as my first read from this author and I loved it. I now must acquire all nine books because this is just a start to this saga. I would highly recommend this author to all of the aspiring writers out there. This should be a must read for all of them because John Jakes is the master of not just story telling, but characterization. Everyone you meet in this story has a purpose and is three-dimensional.

I also have to praise the setting. This story envelopes the worlds of France, England and America. If you’re a fan of the American history, you’ll love meeting Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.

The three P’s are all checked out, and you’ll love the prose as much as the plot because the pace is fast and furious and I enjoyed every second of the ride the author offered.

If you’ve never read this novel, I highly recommend you do it.

Melanie for b2b

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