Spotlight on ‘The Dukes of Vauxhall’ Anthology!

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Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens will never be the same.

After England’s victory in the Battle of Waterloo, the Prince Regent arranges a series of lavish celebrations at London’s notorious Vauxhall Gardens. The royal festivities bring together the rich and the desperate, the criminal and the lordly…and allow four very different dukes to find the love of a lifetime.

A proper viscount is kidnapped by a duke of the criminal underworld, only to encounter a mysterious woman from his past. A retired prizefighter, once known as the Duke of the Ring, stakes his reputation on a scrappy young boxer for the sake of a long-lost love. A traveler who inherited a dukedom needs a tightrope dancer’s help with a fake engagement that just might turn real. And the buccaneer son of a royal duke goes hunting for a respectable, highborn wife to salvage his scandalous reputation.

Let the pleasures begin…

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Taken by the Duke TEASER:

“He followed her into the grotto, sitting beside her when she situated herself on the bench. The waterfall behind them was small enough that they didn’t have to raise their voices to be heard, but it would muffle their words and keep sound from carrying.

Kate turned to him as soon as he sat. “Do you know how close to death you are?”

Too late, Henry caught the glint of the knife in her hand.”

Fighting For His Lady TEASER:

She stared over at the tiny window that overlooked the London streets. Then, their father had been otherwise busy schooling an altogether different fighter than his son. A man fleet of foot and fast of fist had earned her father’s admiration, and that had seen Samuel forgotten… until it was altogether too late. Apprentice gone, father ill, and just like that, all of Samuel’s hopes for lessons were gone as swiftly as that wicked fighter had entered and gone out of their lives.”

The Prodigal Duke TEASER:

“Before she could protest, he shrugged out of his coat, draping the heavy wool around her shoulders. This left him in shirt-sleeves and a waistcoat, which state of undress seemed to bother him not at all. And indeed, if one were to strip off random articles of clothing without censure, Vauxhall would be the place.”

The Buccaneer Duke TEASER:

There was a man staring at her, and with an intensity she felt in the pit of her stomach. He was big and broad-shouldered and looked rather menacing, even though he lounged informally, one booted foot propped up on the rail in front of him. His hair was dark and cut ruthlessly short, and a scar ran down the side of his face. Starkly garbed in unadorned black, but for a snowy white cravat and a gold hoop that dangled from one ear, he resembled nothing so much as a pirate. A dramatically handsome, even elegant, pirate.”

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My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly
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REVIEW: There was no way I was going to miss reading this anthology. It’s written by some of todays best names in historical romance. I’m a fan of all four women that have written it and it’s no surprise I liked all four stories. All four tales have a common thread, and while it isn’t necessary to read them in order, I think you’ll enjoy the stories much more if you read them in order.

I have to say that despite the short length of each story, these authors are way to good and gave us three dimensional characters, complex plots and plenty of chemistry between the leads. If you’ve never read any of these fantastic authors, please consider getting this anthology and  get acquainted with them. You won’t regret it.

If you’re a fan of one or all four of these authors, I guarantee you’ll have a few hours of unmitigated fun reading this collection of stories.

Taken by the Duke – Shana Galen

As this story opens the common thread of Prince Regent’s birthday and Battle of Waterloo celebration at Vauxhall Gardens, we find Henry, newly minted Viscount Bexley put in charge of organizing the festivities.

Shana Galen had managed to capture my attention with this unique and intriguing heroine, while developing a vastly entertaining plot. I enjoyed these two characters and loved their journey to their happily ever after. Hope you will too.

Fighting For His Lady –  Christi Caldwell

I’m always apprehensive when authors decide to pair two leads that come from vastly different backgrounds. To have a son of a duke fall in love with a commoner didn’t happen that often, so I always have to suspend my imagination and pray the author would find a way to make the story believable and plausible.

Christi Caldwell did a great job of having me believe this second chance at romance story and I loved every character she introduced me to, but especially the heroine. It was about time this young woman found her hero.

The Prodigal Duke – Theresa Romain

Theresa Romain is one of those authors that manages to surprise me every time I read her new book. I’m still getting used to her writing voice and that’s a good thing. I like it when she keeps me guessing as she did in this complex and wonderful telling of reconnecting two people that are meant to be together but the road to their happiness just seams to be harder then they deserve.

I know you’ll love this one!

The Buccaneer Duke – Vanessa Kelly

When it comes to complex plots and well rounded characters, this author delivers every time. She plots her stories very carefully and gives her characters plenty of flaws and a lot of baggage, but by the end of the tale, you’ll find yourself well satisfied.

In this story, I found myself drawn to both leads and I honestly didn’t know how these two would pull off their happily ever after. There were too many obstacles to their happiness, but I should have had more faith in this author 😉

By the time I read the fourth and final tale, I was very happy with all the endings and wasn’t surprised that the authors managed to interweave all stories with ease.

Listen, these women know their craft and I for one am happy they’re sharing it with me.

Melanie for b2b

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Shana-GalenAUTHOR BIOS:  Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Bookreviews calls her books ” lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those  years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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CCChristi Caldwell, USA TODAY Bestselling author, blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love!” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well deserved happily ever after!

Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting historical romances, chasing around her feisty six-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

‘All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke’ Anthology

aiwfciad-vb-tcvl-amSTORY: The holidays are a time for dining, dancing, and of course—dukes! Celebrate the Christmas season with this enchanting collection of historical romances featuring the most eligible bachelors of the ton

A childish prank may have reunited the Duke of Hollingsworth with his estranged wife, but only the magic of Christmas will show this couple ’tis the season of second chances…

Sophie Kinsley planned to remain a wallflower at the Duke of Hollyshire’s ball. Yet when a dance with him leads to a stolen kiss, will the duke be willing to let her go? Or will Sophie’s Christmas wish be granted at last?

To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything—even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.

Patience Markham never forgot the fateful dance she had with the future Duke of Kingsbury. But when a twist of fate brings them together for Christmas Eve, will the stars finally align in their favor?

REVIEW: First, all four are short, sweet and lighthearted stories.

Naturally, I loved some more than the others, but all in all, I was happy while reading them. Be warned though, these are very short stories, but all will give you a fair taste of the authors that have written them.

The Duke & Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman.

If you’ve never seen the original “Parent Trap” movie, than you’re in for a treat. To this day, that is one of my all time favorite stories. This was a fun and entertaining story by an author I like a lot.

Sophie and the Duke by Tiffany Clare

Who doesn’t like a “Cinderella” inspired story? Show me that person and I’ll call them out! In this retelling of the fairy tale, romance is between two childhood friends and it was sweet and memorable.

The Duke’s Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret

Believe it or not, I never read “Princess and the Frog”, but I did hear about it so this tale was, at least to me, fresh and interesting. I truly loved this couple because both were unique and just too damn fun!

One Magic Season by Ashlyn Macnamara

In the last story, we have a wonderful story of second chances. It really was a sweet and tender story that you’ll probably relate to.

This collection of Christmas tales is a great way to sample these four wonderful authors and I recommend it with enthusiasm.

Melanie for b2b

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‘Summer House Party’ by Regina Scott, Donna Hatch & Sarah M. Eden

shp rs dh smeSTORY: A ENGAGEMENT OF CONVENIENCE by Regina Scott: Kitty Chapworth is nearly a spinster, and an orphan living on the charity of her uncle, with nothing to recommend her for the marriage mart. Her primary purpose is relegated to acting chaperone for her cousins until she can see them successfully married. Kitty remains focused on her duty even though she knows her future is bleak. When Quentin Adair returns from a long ten years working in Jamaica and proposes a wild charade to Kitty, she agrees, although the plan might reawaken her old feelings for Quentin. Can a reformed rake convince the perfect chaperone to overlook propriety for love?

A PERFECT MATCH by Donna Hatch: Genevieve attends a summer house party hosted by her best friend who can’t wait to introduce her to a gentleman she wants to marry, Christian Amesbury. After meeting him, Genevieve determines Christian is perfect . . . for her. Torn between loyalty to her best friend and the yearnings of her heart, Genevieve must first escape the attention of a powerful lord who’s obsessed with her and who tries to rob her of any hope for a happily ever after.

THE PAUPERS’ HOUSE PARTY by Sarah M. Eden: It’s a rare event that Edward Downy and his brother are invited to a house party by a member of the ton. But when they arrive, Edward quickly realizes this house party is different than any other. All invited guests are quite destitute, fallen members of Society barely hanging onto their homes. The hosts of the house party, the Warricks, then make a stunning announcement—they intend to gift all their properties to one fortunate guest. As the guests race to impress the Warricks, Edward finds a fast friend in Agatha Holmwood, who shares his same aversion to the horrible expectations. But their growing fondness for each other only makes the game more painful.

REVIEW: “An Engagement of Convenience” – Regina Scott

Chapworth Grange – Somerset – 1816

Katherine (Kitty) Chapworth is waiting outside at night to intercept an elopement between her cousin, Lucy, and Clive Bitterstock. Kitty has lived at Chapworth Grange for some time as a sort of chaperone for her many cousins. With Lucy being the last to wed, Kitty is striving to stop the elopement. When she does intervene, Bitterstock starts to attack Kitty only to be foiled in his attempt by Quentin Adair, a man Kitty has not seen for a decade. It appears that Bitterstock is in need of funds making an elopement with Lucy to his advantage.

Quentin is the owner of Rose Cottage which borders on Chapworth Grange. A handsome man, he is admired by many. Some time ago, Kitty caught him and her cousin, Eugenia, in a scandalous embrace. Kitty was shocked but found later that Eugenia was just leading him on. As a result of the embrace, Quentin was whipped by her uncle and left the country. Kitty blames herself for not saying something to stand up for him. When she sees him again, she apologizes to him.

Quentin has been in Jamaica improving his family’s sugar plantation. Kitty’s parents were killed in a carriage accident and she now lives with her uncle as an unpaid chatleine. When her cousins are all married, she will be sent to live with a relative. Currently, the family is having a house party and Kitty is tasked with planning and orchestrating it all.

When she and Quentin become close again, they decide to marry. But the fallout of this decision turns into a nightmare for both of them.

This is a clever story and clean.

“A Perfect Match” – Donna Hatch

England – 1818

Genevieve Marshall and her parents, Captain and Mrs. Marshall, are heading to Bainbridge Abbey. There, they will attend a summer house party hosted by Admiral and Mrs. Widtsoe and their daughter and Genevieve’s friend, Matilda. Both young girls are looking forward to seeing one another again.

Matilda is lonely at the Abbey and is pining for a handsome man she met in London. Christian Amesbury is the son of the Earl of Tarrington and they will also be guests at the house party. Genevieve thinks that Christian looks like an Adonis. It appears that his father has not been in good health since his wife passed away.

Christian is quite intrigued by the landscape and, as an artist, is interesting in painting it. In addition, Matilda’s father has commissioned him to paint the Abbey plus a portrait of Matilda. The painting of Matilda turns out beautifully. However, Christian’s eye is drawn to Genevieve and hers to him.

Can Genevieve step aside and wish her good friend happy with the man she has come to love?

This was a very clever and sweet romance. I enjoyed it very much.

“The Pauper’s House Party” – Sarah M. Eden

Somerset England – 1811

Edward Downy and his younger brother, Tom, do not care for house parties but it does provide them with a chance to see how the wealthy live and eat. They have been invited to a 3-week party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Warrick in Somerset. Edward and Tom feel as though they have only been invited to ensure that the host and hostess have the proper number of people attending. The strange thing is that only people who are in need of money seem to be the attendees.

The Warricks are quite elderly and have declared this to be their last house party. They never had children and are going to choose an heir from the most deserving of the attendees.

Agatha Holmwood, age 20, would like to be chosen as the heir and find a good husband. When Agatha and Edward meet, they have some humorous conversations about this unusual party and enjoy laughing at the absurdity of it all. They are also in agreement to not demean themselves by fawning over the Warricks.

Agatha’s father rebukes her for not trying to be more ingratiating to the Warricks in order to be selected as their heir which would provide financial stability to her entire family. But Agatha retorts that she will not act like the person that she is not. When Edward overhears the conversation between the two of them, he is furious at Agatha’s father.

Who will be selected as the heir?

This is a clever story that provides for some interesting reading and a lesson in morality.

Copy received by “I Am a Reader”

Connie for b2b

Spotlight on ‘Dukes in Disguise’ Anthology!

did gb si egDukes in Disguise are here! Susanna Ives, Emily Greenwood and Grace Burrowes teamed up to bring us three dukes in disguise.

These three Regency novellas, each featuring a young, wealthy duke who must spend two weeks masquerading as a commoner in the bucolic backwater of Lesser Puddlebury. Disaster will rain down if their graces’ titled status become public knowledge. Fortunately for our heroes, true love is no respecter of rank.

STORY: His Grace of Lesser Puddlebury by Grace Burrowes
Connor, Duke of Mowne, has been injured in a most delicate location, and needs a place to heal far from the eyes of Polite Society. When he takes refuge with the independent and impecunious Julianna St. Bellan, he suspects his wound was in truth caused by Cupid’s arrow!

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REVIEW: I am one of those Grace Burrowes fans that if she wrote on a paper bag, I’d gobble it up. As for the other two authors, I’ve read some of their book and liked them. I’m not sure who came up with this anthology premise, but whoever did, it was a good one.

Grace Burrowes sets the anthology up with three friends and all of them dukes, in dire need of disguise as one of them needs to convalesce. All three decide to travel to different locations and to stay incognito. What can go wrong while they ‘lay low’? Well, a lot can and it does.

I loved this first story and as usual, Grace Burrowes delivers on all fronts. This novella might as well been the full length book. It read as such. The characters were fully developed and for the chemistry between the two leads, I must credit the wonderful dialogue, making those two jump off the pages. The plot was entertaining and the pace was just right.

The second book was by Ms. Ives and it was my least favorite. I can’t quiet put my finger on it, but the story, despite being written well, just didn’t touch me as much as the first novella. I believe this one just demanded too much of my suspension of belief and had me questioning the behavior of the heroine on too many occasions.

Third story was also well written and characterized but I thought its complexity had me enjoying it less.

In the end, I do recommend it because all three stories were fast paced and each was fun in its own way.

Melanie for b2b

TEASER:

Over the clip-clop of the coach horses’ hooves and the incessant throbbing of his arse, Coinneach Callum Amadour Ives St. Bellan, ninth Duke of Mowne, endured that form of affection which—among grown men at least—traveled under the sobriquet of teasing.

More honest company would call it making sport of a fellow in a misguided attempt to cheer him up.

“Mowed down, they’ll say, like so much wheat,” Starlingham quipped. “One stray bullet and the great duke is hors de combat.”

Lucere was not to be outdone. “The moon sets, as it were.”

They went off into whoops, endlessly entertained, as always, by a play on the title Mowne, which was an old Scottish term for the lunar satellite… and thus a cognate for a reference to the human fundament.

“If the Sun and Stars had not tarried with a pair of tavern maids, we would have reached the dueling ground sooner,” Con groused. “This whole imbroglio is your fault, you two.”

There was simply no getting comfortable in a coach after being shot in the arse. No getting comfortable anywhere.

graceburrowesAUTHOR BIO: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion.

The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012.

Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews fromPublishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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STORY: Duchess of Light by Susanna Ives
In a tangle of lies and disguises, a brokenhearted duke and a desperate miss find truth in love.

TEASER:

The old duke released his last breath in the early morning. The new duke had walked to the empty nursery at the top of the house where Catherine, his favorite childhood nurse, and he had shared so many hours. He had squatted onto the cold, bare floor planks and imagined she was with him, embracing him and whispering that all would be well when he knew it wouldn’t be.

Even as a grown man, Lucere desperately missed her abundant smiles and the way she embraced him without reserve—so different from his cold parents, or the grasping courtesans who would later decorate his adult nights. How readily Catherine praised his childish drawings and songs he made up—all created to worship her. No night of wild passion had ever surpassed the gentle, warm feeling of when she had tucked him into bed, singing a lovely song meant to lull him to sleep. He had heard enough false I love you’s dripping from ambitious women’s lips. But Catherine had truly meant it when she’d said, “I love my sweet, sweet boy.”

Catherine was the only person who had ever truly cared for him.

And he had killed her.

isinmarshAUTHOR BIO: I am a mother to fabulous, brilliant, gorgeous children. When I am not writing, I am a part-time web developer. I listen to Brazilian Jazz, Wynton Marsalis, Astrud Gilberto, Bruce Hornsby, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson and Ella Fitzgerald.

I can cook some mean Southern butter beans. I love my children, that guy I married, running, my smart phone, the sound of rain, and poems by Billy Collins. In fact, I love poetry in general, but don’t write a word of it. I’ve followed my crazy Viking husband through Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, England, and Scotland.

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STORY: Kiss Me, Your Grace by Emily Greenwood
Rowan, Duke of Starlingham, thinks love is for fools, though when he arrives at his hunting box to find an alluring but puzzlingly uncooperative woman pretending to be his cousin, he realizes he may be a victim of the most absurd malady of all: love at first sight.

TEASER:

The knocking, which had paused briefly, started again as they reached the door, heavy and bold, like a highwayman shouting his demands at terrified travelers. Clearly, Clare read too many gothic novels, nonetheless steadying her grip on the poker.

Louisa opened the door. The light from the candelabrum illuminated only an expanse of dark coat until Louisa raised the candles much higher to reveal a man’s face.

Claire’s first impression was of a square jaw, then of a mouth set in a firm line. Her gaze crept upward, taking in features made with bold strokes. In the shadowy light, his eyes were black, but she had a feeling they’d look that way in the daytime, too. His hair was dark and longish, its spiky waves brushing the collar of his dark coat and slashing across his forehead.

He was moderately tall and rather hulking. His shoulders were unfashionably brawny, and his expensive-looking tailcoat must have needed an entire bolt of fabric. And what kind of gentleman had arm muscles that showed under his coat? This man might be a gentleman—and there was little doubt of that from the cut of his clothes—but the bold jut of his chin and the leashed strength of his body spoke not of drawing rooms and dance floors but sweat and force.

He would not have looked out of place swinging a hammer in a blacksmith’s forge, and Claire imagined fire reflected in those intense black orbs while sweat trickled down the rough angles of his cheeks…the Roman god Vulcan at his work.

She needed to stop reading those mythology books as well.

“Good evening,” the man said in deep, cultured tones. “I am Mr. Fitzwilliam, cousin to his grace, the Duke of Starlingham.”

Claire and Louisa gasped at the same time.

To order your copy of this Regency novella anthology, you can go here.

emily-greenwood-AUTHOR BIO: Emily Greenwood has a degree in French and worked for a number of years as a writer, crafting newsletters and fundraising brochures. But she far prefers writing playful love stories set in Regency England, and she thinks romance is the chocolate of literature.

A Golden Heart finalist, she lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

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‘A Valentine to Remember’ by Gail Dayton, Sue London, Sandy Raven [Anthology]

avtr gd sr slSTORY: A special Valentine boxed set from three much-loved authors. Historical Romance authors Sue London and Sandy Raven, known for their adventurous heroines and brave heroes, team up with Gail Dayton, best-known for her steampunk and historical fantasy stories, for a sexy and heart-warming historical romance collection!

To My Valentine, by Gail Dayton – Lady Lydia Daventry betrayed Captain Alexander Ferguson by marrying another. Then she followed her military husband—and Captain Ferguson—to Spain, compounding his sense of betrayal. Now the husband is dead and the army at the end of a desperate retreat to the coast and ships back to England. Alex finds her trying to herd her little party of women and wounded soldiers to safety and escorts them the last few miles. Can they find their way back to each other?

Jack Valentine, Sue London – Artie Graham thought upholding the tradition of Jack Valentine was a sweet way to show his love of Norfolk. What he didn’t expect was to find a woman even more enthusiastic about it… and him.

The Valentine Gift, Sandy Raven – Believing they were unable to give each other the child they wanted so desperately, forces one couple to consider other options. They are then blessed many times over!

REVIEW: To My Valentine is the first story. This is my first time reading Gail Dayton and this story was well written but a bit too slow for me. I liked the characters and the setting yet I just didn’t buy into the heroines explanation of why she “had” to marry. From that point on, I liked her less. The hero was someone I liked and respected. I bought into who he was and the reasons he did things that he did.

I believe that if the story had a faster pace, I might have enjoyed it more.

The second story, Jack Valentine was very sweet romance of a girl who adored the hero ever since she was six years old. She knew that she loved him with all her heart and dreamt that one day he’d see her for who she is, and not just his late best friend’s little sister.

I really enjoyed their relationship and the way they came together.

The author of the third story, The Valentine Gift, was someone I read and loved before. I just adored this story and if Ms. Raven decides to make this into a series, I’ll be gloaming it!

This story of a married couple who adore each other but believe that they are unable to have children, is fast pacing, heartbreaking and heartwarming.

As the hero decides to undergo some testing and finally know if he is unable to give his wife what she wants, a baby of their own, she is highly suspicious that she just might be pregnant.

They both come p with a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for each other. She announced her happy news to him, while he comes clean admitting he can’t father a child, but he found seven little girls, sisters all and would be willing to give them a home with her.

I cried on this one and highly recommend it!

Melanie for b2b

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‘A Gentleman For All Seasons’ by Kate Noble, Shana Galen, Theresa Romain, and Vanessa Kelly

A Gentleman for All SeasonsSTORIES: A Madness in Spring by Kate Noble
Adam Sturridge has made Belinda Leonard’s blood boil since childhood, and the feeling is mutual. But when a would-be matchmaker arrives in the village of Hemshawe, she’d determined to erase the thin line between love and hate. Now, Belinda and Adam are faced with falling for someone they’ve always considered an enemy — can they overcome old prejudices and discover how to rub each other the right way?

The Summer of Wine and Scandal by Shana Galen
When viscount’s son and dandy Peregrine Lochley is temporarily exiled from London to the country for his misdeeds, the last thing he expects is to encounter an intriguing woman. But Caroline Martin has a secret to hide, and it just might be too scandalous for even this debauched rogue.

Those Autumn Nights by Theresa Romain
Ten years ago, wealthy Eliza Greenleaf broke lowly soldier Bertram Gage’s heart—but the last decade brought changes in fortune to them both. Now that he’s made his mark on the world, a twist of fate brings the Greenleaf family under his power. Will this war-hardened officer triumph over his former lover…or will Bertie and Eliza give love a second chance?

The Season for Loving by Vanessa Kelly
Miss Georgie Gage, matchmaker extraordinaire, is resigned to life as a spinster—almost. When notoriously aloof bachelor Fergus Haddon arrives from Scotland to spend Christmas with the Gage family, Georgie thinks she’s finally found her own perfect match—if, that is, she can get the handsome Highlander to agree!

REVIEW: When four of my favorite authors come together in one book, there’s no way I’m going to pass on reading it, especially when the stories within have their own Jane Austen’s Emma!

‘A Gentleman for All Seasons’ is a marvelous and well written anthology. Every story is well thought out and unique in its own way. These authors know their craft well and the characters in their stories, even though short as they are, are all complex and entertaining, but what amazes is the seamless continuity and I dare you to tell which author wrote which story!

There’s a little bit for everyone. If you love second chance romance, you’ll love Theresa Romain’s story, while Shana Galen offers a story of redemption and forgiveness. Kate Noble’s hero and heroine have carried a lot of baggage from their childhood to their adulthood and their story is sweet and funny, while Vanessa Kelly gifts us and our heroine with a Highlander.

Seriously, you have to check these out. They don’t disappoint.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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.

HIGHLAND THUNDER by Lily Baldwin

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.

THE BEDEVILED HEART by Carmen Caine
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.

HIGHLAND COURAGE by Ceci Giltenan
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.

KNIGHT IN HIGHLAND ARMOR by Amy Jarecki
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.

MY HIGHLAND LORD by Tarah Scott
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!

HIGHLAND THUNDER by Lily Baldwin
(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 BEDEVILED HEART by Carmen Caine
(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!

HIGHLAND COURAGE by Ceci Giltenan
(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.

KNIGHT IN HIGHLAND ARMOR by Amy Jarecki
(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.

MY HIGHLAND LORD by Tarah Scott
(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