Spotlight on Lavinia Kent and ‘Sarah’s Surrender’!

ss lkBOOK BLURB: Five years ago, Miss Sarah Swilp had been deeply in love with Jonathan Perry, the second son of an earl. But when Jonathan inherited his aunt’s lands and money, he turned cold, demanding Sarah’s maidenhood and uttering those unforgettably cruel words: “You do know I won’t marry you.” She refused, of course, and that spoiled everything. Now, just as she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience, Jonathan reappears—and after Sarah gets one look at his lean, hard body, the embers of desire burst back into flame.

Over time, Jonathan has learned quite a bit about the art of pleasure—though nothing has ever given him so much joy as the husky timbre of Sarah’s laugh. It had hurt to leave her, but what other choice did he have? Perhaps he’d been too afraid of ending up like his brother, targeted by a woman seeking a title. Seeing her again, Jonathan can’t help wondering what might have been if only Sarah had surrendered to red-hot lust. Fortunately, judging by the wicked look in her eyes, it may not be too late to find out.

Sarah’s Surrender is intended for mature audiences.

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Mr. Meyers had been right. She did have no choice. She’d been so foolish to pretend she did, to hope that a knight might show up at the last moment and save her.

She took one step down, ignoring the urge to see if Jonathan was still watching her.

Mr. Meyers was not so bad. He had all his teeth. He wasn’t mean, or at least she didn’t think he was. These things were hard to tell from public appearance. Papa had taught her that.

Another step.

And he wanted to marry her. She wasn’t quite sure why, although she rather thought he liked the fact that she had no choice, that she would be forced to always be grateful to him. And he thought she was obedient. Papa was always telling his friends how good she was at doing whatever was demanded. If only he knew the truth—but perhaps it was best that he didn’t.

She hadn’t liked the look Mr. Meyers got on his face at Papa’s words, but what choice did she have?

And he liked her breasts. There was no mistaking that.

Another step. Keep ignoring Jonathan. Perhaps he wasn’t even there anymore. No, don’t think about him.

Think only of Mr. Meyers.

How did you tell a man you were now willing to marry him?

She braced her shoulders. You just did it. It was no different than most of life. You just did it.

How many things had she done just because there was no choice?

Too many to even begin to count.

She should be well practiced by now. It should not be this hard.

Only it was.

She’d had dreams, so many dreams. And none of them had included marrying a man her papa’s age, a man who clearly would never regard her as a person, let alone someone special.

Perhaps she was misjudging him. He must hold her in some esteem if he wanted to marry her.

Three more steps down.

She could do this.

There was no choice.

She hurried down the remaining steps and without giving herself time to think positioned herself a few feet from Mr. Meyers.

She felt his eyes fall upon her, felt the icy flicker as his gaze swept up the green gown and stopped at her chest.

Pulling a deep breath in, she let her breasts swell against the bodice.

He licked his lips, glanced once at her face, and then turned and walked away.

A cold knot formed in her belly.

REVIEW: I am such a huge fan of this author but for some reason she’s writing now this genre that I’m just not a fan of. I love her prose, her characterization and her plots. They are interesting and entertaining and the dialogue is wonderful, BUT then comes the explicit, erotic stuff, and I am put-off. Especially the BDSM stuff. I’m not into it so you may think I didn’t like this read, yet I’m going to surprise you and tell you I liked it a lot. I just skipped all the explicit sex parts.

Am I recommending it? Of course I am! To all my bookworms that are into the BDSM and erotica, you’ll love this one very much, and for all those that are not, you’ll still like the set up and the journey these two go through in order to be together.

Melanie for b2b

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LaviniaKentAUTHOR BIO: Lavinia Kent never knew that most people don’t make up stories in their heads to pass the time. She still has a hard time understanding how those who don’t survive the doctor’s waiting room or a grocery store line without another world to escape into.

Growing up in New York state and Wisconsin, Lavinia graduated from Wellesley College and, for reasons that are still not quite clear, also holds an MBA from Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown University. Lavinia has remained in Washington ever since.

She lives under the gracious (and usually benign) rule of Erzsebet, the cat, along with her husband, three children, one cockatiel, two rats, and Erzsebet’s younger, subordinate tomcat, otherwise known as The Golden Snitch.

As the mother of three, Lavinia finds “leisure time” to be ever-elusive, but when she is not reading romance novels, she watches far too much HBO and reality television. It must also be noted that she has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Buffy and Doctor Who.

Lavinia was a two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and is proud to be a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee.

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‘Love Forevermore’ by Madeline Baker

lf mbSTORY: The West — it had been Loralee’s dream for as long as she could remember, and Indians were the most fascinating part of the wildly beautiful frontier she imagined. But when Loralee arrived at Fort Apache as the new schoolmarm, she had some hard realities to learn…and a harsh taskmaster to teach her.

Shad Zuniga was fiercely proud, aloof, a renegade Apache who wanted no part of the white man’s world, not even its women. Yet Loralee was driven to seek him out, compelled to join him in a forbidden union, forced to become an outcast for one slim chance at Love Forevermore.

REVIEW: Once in a while, I’ll venture out of my comfy regency ‘zone’ and stumble on a real ‘gem’ of a book. This is the case with LOVE FOREVERMORE.

Our hero Shad is an Indian in love with Loralee, a white school teacher whose sweet demeanor attracts Shad and takes him on the road to an HEA that is fraught with many obstacles and much pain.

The author has done an outstanding job in portraying the prejudices of the time so realistically that it will take your breath away. When I read romance novels, this is what I like to see. Sacrifice rewarded by true love triumph.

Mini spoiler alert: Without giving much away, I do think that some readers might get turned off by the adultery in this story, and to them I say, please be patient and try to see this story from all angles and don’t judge it so harshly. Ms. Baker handled the subject with care, and I’m so glad to have read it and recommend it highly.

Melanie for RRAH

‘Lady of Seduction’ by Laurel McKee

los lmckSTORY: It’s a mad, ill-advised journey that leads the usually sensible Lady Caroline Blacknall to the legendary isle of Muirin Inish, off the windswept coast of Ireland. Even so, she doesn’t expect to find herself shipwrecked and then rescued by a man she believed she would never see again. A man who, long ago, held her life in his hands . . . and with it, her heart.

Reformed rake Sir Grant Dunmore knew he could never forget the beautiful woman he once endangered nor will he ever forgive himself. But history seems doomed to repeat itself, for as long as Caroline stays on the island, she is trapped in a secret plot that could forever free Ireland—or turn deadly for all. And yet, now that she is in his arms again, how can he dream of ever letting her go?

REVIEW: Caroline Blacknall is a young widow on a quest. She’s in a search of a rare copy of ‘The Chronicle of Kildare’. She knows Grant has it, but can she talk him into giving it to her, so that at last she’ll be able to finish the book she always dreamed of writing?

Sir Grant Dunmore was known to the ton as one of the most charming and sought after bachelors in London. It only took him one night and one mistake to forever burn bridges and be alienated from everything he worked hard to get. That night, he realized that what he needed and what he worked hard to get were not one and the same. The road to redemption will be hard, but will it pay at the end?

This is the third book in a Daughters of Erin series, and I recommend you read the other two first. I’ve fallen in love with this setting and place, which is the early 1800s in Ireland. Caroline’s story is the last one in the series, but her happily-forever-after story had begun in the second book when she first met her hero. Without reading it, you may not get the feel of angst that Grant is experiencing in this book.

As all three books in this series, I just couldn’t put it down. From the first page to the last, we’re drawn into Caroline’s adventure and follow her as she discovers all of Grant’s secrets; but most of all, we watch this young woman come into her own.

Page after page, we’re intrigued by the suspense of this tale, and we slowly start forgiving this hero; but only his forgiveness to himself will set him free. If you’re looking for a strong heroine and a fearless hero, and a tale full of suspense, action, and romance galore, LADY OF SEDUCTION will fulfill all of those requirements!

Melanie for RRAH

‘Texas Bride’ by Joan Johnston

tb jjSTORY: He May Be Her Only Hope. She May Be His Last Chance

Miranda Wentworth never imagined becoming a mail-order bride. Now marriage to a stranger is her only hope of finding a home where she and her two younger brothers can escape the brutality of the Chicago orphanage where they live. With any luck, she can even start a family of her own, once the three of them are settled at Jacob Creed’s Texas ranch. But Miranda has one gigantic concern: Her husband-to-be knows nothing about the brothers she’s bringing along. What if he calls off the deal when he discovers the trick she’s played on him?

Jake Creed is hanging on to his Texas ranch by his fingernails. His nemesis, Alexander Blackthorne, is determined to ruin him. Jake will never give up, but he’s in desperate trouble. His wife died six months ago in childbirth, along with their stillborn son, and his two-year-old daughter needs a mother. The advertisement Jake wrote never mentioned his daughter—or the fact that he has no intention of consummating his marriage. He’s determined never to subject another wife to the burden of pregnancy. But Jake doesn’t count on finding his bride so desirable. He doesn’t count on aching with need when she joins him in bed. And he never suspected his bride would have plans of her own to seduce him.

REVIEW: WARNING! Gushing ahead!!!

Without a doubt, this is a character-driven story which, combined with fast pace and more than one couple to root for, will take you on a journey of self discovery for all characters. Ms. Johnston made sure that her writing was so good that as a reader, I just ‘wanted’! This multidimensional story left me laughing, crying, and definitely wanting more.

I wanted to know about all the kids that were left behind, and I wanted to know what happened to Jake’s father. I adored this book so much that as soon as I was done with it, I wanted to know more about Jake’s mother and her second husband. I NEEDED to know more, so off I went and bought all of the books connected to this dynamic and dynastic family.

I am all in knots waiting for WYOMING BRIDE (Hannah’s story), MONTANA BRIDE (Hetty’s story) and BLACKTHORNE’S BRIDE (Josie’s story). I am not a patient person, so I’m reading all her books while waiting for these to hit the shelves or my Kindle.

Melanie for RRAH

‘Lord Midnight’ by Donna Cummings

lm dcSTORY: Gabriel DeVault, a dashing highwayman, lives to avenge himself against the uncle who stole his title and tried to kill him as a child. One night’s robbery yields unexpected riches when his uncle’s spirited bride-to-be falls into Gabriel’s arms. Now his plans for vengeance include seduction of the innocent miss, in the home that once was his own.

Marisa Dunsmore is blackmailed into wedding the cold and calculating Edmund DeVault, Lord Westbrook, to protect her beloved aunt. When her attempts to escape the upcoming marriage fail, she turns for help to the man she knows as Lord Midnight, entrusting him with her love, and her future.

Soon Gabriel must choose: saving the woman who stole his heart, or destroying the man who stole his life.

REVIEW: What a great story this was! We have a heroine, Marisa Dunsmore, who is betrothed to Lord Westbrook, who is the uncle to our hero, Gabriel DeVault, AKA Lord Midnight, and who is thought to be dead.

Marisa is not so happy with this forced arrangement by her father, but she has no choice if she’s to protect her aunt. As she and her brother are en route to Westbrooke Hall in order for her to spend some time with Lord Westbrooke, they are intercepted and robbed by a highwayman, and the encounter makes a lasting impression on both Marisa and Gabriel.

The romance between Gabriel and Marisa was sweet yet passionate, and the developing friendship, which, in turn, leads both to fall in love with one another, was very believable and a smart move on behalf of the author.

I’m giving this story a Top Pick rose because it’s well written with three-dimensional characters (and some secondary ones that are memorable as well), fast paced with witty dialogue, and in one word: DELICIOUS.

Melanie for RRAH

‘Please Release Me’ by Rhoda Baxter

prm rbSTORY: What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?
Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.

That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …

REVIEW: Sally and Peter have just been married in a lovely wedding and are driving away to start their honeymoon when they are in a terrible accident.  Although Peter has some injuries, Sally sustains severe head injuries and even after numerous surgeries, she is left in a coma.  Sally is now in a hospice and Peter visits her faithfully every day. Since there is no response from her, Peter talks to her and reads to her.  Peter’s life is very difficult as he struggles to keep up with his job and be with Sally.  Peter’s mother has been a great help in that she comes by his house leaving him home-cooked food that he doesn’t always eat.  His father tells him that he may need some anti-depressant medication but Peter does not want to rely on pills.

At the hospice one day, Peter meets Grace in the elevator and they chat for a moment.  Grace visits a lady in hospice whom she met when her mother was there before passing away.  When Grace mentions to Peter that a group of volunteers who will be renovating a room in the hospice and asks him to join them, he agrees.  This proves to be good for Peter as he meets other people and doing something constructive helps to perk him up mentally and physically.

Grace and Peter become friends and chat often which helps Peter a lot.  Grace feels so bad for him and wishes Sally would come out of her coma.  One day, while Grace is in Sally’s room, a lightning storm knocks out power that briefly stops Sally’s monitors until it can be reset by the medical staff.  During that flash, Grace sees Sally in a ghost form. It turns out she, and only she, can see, and talk to Sally. Grace keeps this a secret as well as she can, but Sally shows up just anywhere and soon becomes demanding and downright ornery.  This is the real Sally that Peter did not see before marrying her.

When Sally is around other people, all they feel is intense cold.  Will Grace finally tell Peter that she can see Sally including the vile things she has said?  How long can this situation continue?

This was a very different plot.  When Sally first appeared to Grace, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the rest of the book, but the author was quite creative in how she handled it all.  I enjoyed the story very much and I believe others will as well.

I was also quite touched that the author has agreed to donate 50 percent of the royalties she receives from the sales of the book to Martin House Children’s Hospice in the UK.  She wanted to write a book that shows the positive side of hospices.

Connie for b2b

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Castles, Kilts, and Kisses by Tarah Scott, Ceci Giltenan, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Amy Jarecki, Carmen Caine, Lily Baldwin

ckak a bbSTORY: From medieval to the Victoria era, six full length, stand alone Scottish romances by six best-selling authors.


A STORM IS COMING… Although she faces tragic loss, Brenna will never succumb to grief or fear, nor will she surrender to the one man she despises–the very man who now has the power to control her destiny. Like the storms that rage unchecked over the moors, her fury is about to be unleashed.

A HIDDEN LOVE… He does not look at her or speak to her, and most importantly, he does not touch her. These are the rules Duncan set for himself long ago to ensure his affection for his best friend’s wife remained undetected. But under the weight of a land besieged by war, the walls he erected to shield his heart crumble.

Wed and widowed seven times, he had come to believe that sharing his name alone would consign a woman to an early grave. So, on the sunny spring day Cameron encounters a delightfully devious, bright-eyed lass selling charmed stones in one of Stirling’s alehouses, he tosses her a shilling, thinking only to steal a kiss. But it is a kiss that will change his life forever.

Her parents want a betrothal, but Mairead MacKenzie can’t get married without revealing her secret and no man will wed her once he knows. Tadhg Matheson admires and respects the MacKenzies.

While an alliance with them through marriage to Mairead would be in his clan’s best interest, he knows Laird MacKenzie seeks a closer alliance with another clan. When Tadhg learns of her terrible shyness and her youngest brother’s fears about her, Tadhg offers for her anyway.

Grieving from the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell listens to the cries of his newborn son whilst penning a missive to the king. With no marriage prospects, Colin petitions his majesty for help in finding a stepmother. Never again will he fall in love—the death of a woman brings more pain than losing a whole contingent of men on the battlefield. Feisty, quick tongued and smart, Margaret Robinson is delighted when her father receives a messenger from the king…until she discovers what news he brings. In a sennight, she will wed the notorious Black Knight—her life is about to end.

London Heiress kidnapped by the Marquess of Ashlund, read the headlines. Yet no one tried to save her.
Phoebe Wallington was seven years old when a mass assassination attempt rocked Regency England. Her father was the only accused traitor to elude capture. Seventeen years later, the one man who could prove her father’s innocence is dead. Now as a grown woman and a British spy, she’s no closer to learning what really happened that day. Phoebe’s quest for the truth takes a sudden turn when she’s kidnapped by a suspected traitor. But Kiernan MacGregor, the Marquess of Ashlund, may not live long enough to stand trial. Someone wants him dead…and Phoebe stands in the killer’s way. The only way to save her reputation and protect Kiernan is to marry him.

SOME LIKE IT KILTED by Sue-Ellen Welfonder writing as Allie Mackay
A ghost’s home is his castle – and she’s about the storm the gates.
A woman’s heart needs a loving home.
Mindy Menlove lives in a castle that was transported stone by stone from Scotland to Pennsylvania. When her fiancé dies in scandal and Mindy decides to sell the gloomy estate, her plans soon unravel. She’s bound for the Hebrides, a place she’d hoped to avoid.

REVIEW: A wonderful compilation of Scottish stories! Two of the stories in this set I have previously read and enjoyed. HIGHLAND COURAGE by Ceci Giltenan and SOME LIKE IT KILTED by Sue-Ellen Welfonder writing as Allie Mackay. A definite must read for lovers of Historical Scottish Romance!

(Isle Of Mull #2)
Brenna, a widow of Duncan’s best friend, is a strong spitfire of a woman who finds herself confused by the feelings she has for Duncan because he seems so insufferable to her.

Duncan is a braw warrior who is in constant emotional turmoil when it comes to Brenna. He is deeply in love with her but hides it behind indifference, bordering on cruelty, from a misguided sense of honor to his deceased best friend.

Rona is a girl that helps Brenna out and I found her hilarious several times while reading even though she gets on Brenna’s last nerve. There’s a mystery to the story that centers around Brenna’s daughter, Nellore, which keeps you on your toes. This is a beautiful story showing that “meant to be” moments happen.

(The Highland Heather and Hearts Scottish Romance Series – #2)
All Cameron Stewart’s previous seven wives have died of one thing or another and now the King wants him to take another. Kate has lost her mother and sister to a fever and her father has lost his sight due to the same fever and his health is failing. Because the fever didn’t touch her, everyone has labeled her witch.

The story is full of court intrigue that kept me on the edge of my seat with all the danger going on around them. I despised a few characters which speaks volumes of Caine’s writing to bring that deep an emotion out of me, and I deeply loved others.

At one point my heart felt like it lay broken and things came together bringing a sense of healing back to my heart. This is the first I’ve read by Caine and it will not be the last!

(Duncurra #2)
This story had a ton of humor that had me Hee-Hawing. I love when I find my cheeks aching from smiling and laughing so much. The fact that Ceci Giltenan had me laughing one moment, in the “aw” mode the next, then directly into a feeling of rage, shows the depth of emotion in the story and her ability to make you ‘feel’ it too.

The Epilogue brings it all full circle with a welcome surprise… or two… that left this reader very content. Thank you, Ceci, for the adventure!
If you’d like to read the full review I wrote when I first read this story, you can find it here.

(Highland Dynasty #1)
Colin, who is a Knight Hospitaller of the Order of St.John, has just lost his wife in childbirth and finds himself called by the Pope to fight in the Crusades for the third time. He petitions the King for a wife before he leaves so his son will have a mother.

Margaret is bid by the King to marry “Black Colin” and be step-mother to his son, Duncan. Their relationship is slow to start but they do fall in love before he leaves. He’s gone for seven years and, with no word from him, she starts to believe he’s dead. A neighboring Chieftain, who has forever been at odds with Colin, tried to weasel his way in to Margaret’s good graces. Will Colin make it back in time or will their love be forever lost?

Although there were a few times the story felt rushed or I would have liked to see more of their relationship outside of the bedroom, I did enjoy the story and look forward to reading the next stories in this series.

(Highland Lords #2)
I liked Phoebe and Keiran and their banter had me giggling many times. She’s a handful and he’s just the man to keep her feet on the ground. She’s on the hunt for her father and has her secrets to keep and just when Keiran thinks he has everything under control, she pops up smack in the middle of things. He never has a dull moment with her around.

There are two things that I found kept pulling me out of the story. I felt bombarded with too many characters in the beginning…character overload if you will. I felt almost as if I needed to read the previous story to fully understand this one so I’m advising reading MY HIGHLAND LOVE first. There were also quite a few places where the editing could have been better. Repeated words, lack of words, or words out of place in sentences would pull me out quickly. Even with these things, I really enjoyed the characters and setting and I’ll definitely be purchasing the previous book to follow Keiran’s father on his journey to love.

SOME LIKE IT KILTED by Sue-Ellen Welfonder writing as Allie Mackay
(The Ravenscraig Legacy #4)
Reading this re-issued addition brought back to me why this has always been one of my favorite stories. Oh, the laughter throughout, and the happy tears at the end! From the moment Mindy meets three hilarious ghosts who help her in the decision of returning the stones of a medieval castle back to it’s original home, I knew I was in love with this book. I even fell a little head over heels for Saor, Bran’s best friend, and oh my goodness at the sweetest of all beasties…. Bran’s dog, Gibbie.

Mindy and Bran’s story will pull at your heart until the very end when an old friend with red plaid shoe-strings help them find their heart’s desire with a little nudging in the right direction. Scotland at it’s finest with the mist and magick. If you love to laugh out loud, fall in love, and reach for what you desire, this book is for you!

Leah for b2b