‘Miss Featherton’s Christmas Prince’ by Ella Quinn

mfcp eqSTORY: In the two seasons since her triumphant debut, Meg Featherton’s heart has been tested to its limits. Her first suitor: a criminal. The second, a cad. For her third act, Meg vows to leave love completely out of the marriage equation. She has set her sights on a newly made viscount whom she could take or leave. However, now she must avoid his handsome, roguish, irresistible best friend like the plague. It’s no easy feat, as they are all attending the same house party…

Damon, Marquis of Hawksworth, cannot imagine why Miss Featherton seems so damn disinterested—or why he cares so terribly much. Certainly Meg is a fine wifely prospect for a man in his position, but more than that, he finds he longs for her as he has never done for another woman. She may be determined to protect her heart, but Damon is equally set on winning her over, one delicious kiss at a time…

REVIEW: Featherton House – London – 1817

Miss Margaret (Meg) Featherton is the second daughter of Viscount Featherton. She has just turned down a second offer of marriage to a man after receiving an anonymous letter warning her of his unworthiness which turns out to be true. She is hurt, but with the encouragement of her friends, she begins attending soirees again.

Damon Hawksworth is a handsome man who has not had an easy life. He is the first-born son and heir to a Duke. His mother passed away when he was a small boy and his father remarried. His father was always mean to him and has never given him any affection. He sent him away to school at an early age and he rarely went home. His father remarried and has many children with his second wife. She is a kind woman and has given affection to Damon as much as the Duke will allow her. Damon receives a letter from the Duke telling him to marry or “suffer the consequences.” The Duke has threatened to cut Damon off and make sure that he not inherit from him. Ah, but Damon has his own funds that were left to him by his mother so he is not worried.

When Damon and Meg meet, he is quite taken with her but she can’t help but think he is just another dandy. Meg’s friend, Amanda Hiller, is in love with Lord Thoroughgood, but Meg thinks Amanda loves Damon. Confusion abounds! Damon works hard to win Meg’s love and he has his work cut out for him.

This was another good story from author Ella Quinn. I admit that when the book started, I was confused but was soon able to put together the puzzle of the characters.

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‘The Soldier’s Rebel Lover’ by Marguerite Kaye

tsrl mkSTORY: When Major Finlay Urquhart was last on the battlefield, he shared a sizzling moment with daring Isabella Romero.

Two years later, Finlay has one final duty to perform for his country, one that reunites him with this rebellious senorita!

Except Isabella has her own mission, which means that no matter how much she craves Finlay’s touch, she can never tell him the truth. But she’s underestimated Finlay’s determination to protect her, and soon she finds herself letting her guard down, one scorching kiss at a time!

REVIEW: Major Finlay Urquhart of the Ninety-Second Regiment of Foot has been fighting in Spain during the war with Napoleon. A Scottish man, he prides himself on wearing his kilt. He is on lookout when he catches a Spanish woman named Isabella. At first thinking she is a French spy, he soon learns that they are on the same side. They rest, share some food, and talk. Finlay is intrigued by her but they part soon after.

England – 1815

Finlay has returned home after the war to live with his brother at Trestain Manor. But now Finlay has been asked to return to Spain on a mission to find El Fantasma, a.k.a. The Ghost, and get him out of Spain. Although no one knows what he looks like, El Fantasma is part of a group of people rebelling at what the government wants repressed. When Finlay recalls that Isabella claimed to know him, he decides to travel to Spain to ask for her help in locating him. He will pose as a wine merchant looking to purchase a large amount of wine and meet with Isabella’s brother who owns a large winery.

When Finlay and Isabella meet again, they try to act like they don’t know each other. When they get a chance for a private talk, Finlay tells her that he must find El Fantasma and help him escape the country. But when she finally tells him the identity of this person and that she has been a part of the rebels, Finlay is shocked but intent on helping the cause of the rebels. Thus ensues a daring escape as they flee to save themselves.

This was a story full of intrigue. The author’s descriptions of the area and the trials of the people who experienced the war are quite vivid.

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Victoria Vane Book Blitz Tour of ‘Breton Wolfe’!

BrentonBOOK BLURB: She swore to defy him to her dying breath… But passion blurs the line between love and hate…

The bluest blood and the hardest heart… at least when it comes to marriage… The daughter of a duke and granddaughter of a king, Adele of Vannes was bartered at birth in a marriage treaty for the sole purpose of producing a royal heir. When her philandering husband is slain by Norse marauders, she is coerced to wed again in order to protect her home and her people. Adele knows that her beloved Brittany needs a strong hand to survive, but how can she ever reconcile her bitterness and hatred with the desire she feels for her mortal enemy?

She’s the jewel he seeks for his Breton crown…A Barbarian bent on building a dynasty, Valdrik Vargr, ‘the Norse Wolf,’ is renowned for both his bravery in battle and shrewdness in statecraft. Setting his sights on claiming the kingdom of Brittany, he knows that siring sons from royal blood would solidify his hold, but the woman he would claim as his queen refuses to have him. Will he fuel her hatred by taking her to his bed, or will the man who strikes terror in the hearts of men be reduced to wooing his bride?

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Adèle spent the night on her knees in prayer, gaze cast heavenward in supplication. She hadn’t dared to bow her head and shut her eyes for fear that sleep would overtake her. She couldn’t afford to be caught aware when the marauders came. And they would come. That was a certainty. Rudalt had never returned from his ‘Norse” hunt. None of them had returned. They were dead. She felt it down to her bones.

She’d dispatched riders to Cournailles but he was days away. He would never arrive in time. Her home would be burned to ashes before help ever came. Perhaps she could buy them off? Did she have enough silver and jewels to pay tribute? Or would the Norsemen simply extract their payment in woman’s flesh and men’s blood?

Her throat thickened at the sudden remembrance of her wedding night. She had borne Rudalt’s ravaging for years; surely she could survive it again. And survival was all she dared hope for. The Norse would come with their battle axes and siege machines. The Bretons might keep them at bay for a few hours or maybe a day, but penetration of their walls was inevitable. She had no true defenses outside of a few dozen archers. In his arrogance, Rudalt had taken the best warriors, leaving her defenseless.

From her bedchamber window, Adèle cast her gaze eastward where the sun was rising, painting the landscape of rolling hills in soft shades of pink and gold. She stared off into the distance, chewing her lip and willing her nerves to settle. Last night she’d worn holes in her slippers and bitten her fingernails to the quick. She now accepted that her fate was out of her hands. She had no choice but to entrust herself to the merciful will of God. If death awaited her, she prayed it would be swift.

Moving shadows appeared on the horizon. A moment later they took shape as a solid line of men. Hundreds of mounted men. But rather than shrinking in terror, a strange peace settled over her. She was the daughter of Judicael, a great warrior and Duke of Brittany. Her great-grandfather was Erispoe, the first proclaimed King of the Bretons.

She would do as the father and grandfather had done before her—she would fight them to her dying breath.


VV Bio postcardAUTHOR BIO: Victoria Vane is a multiple award-winning romance novelist and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance.

Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

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Spotlight on Wendy LaCapra and ‘Duchess Decadence’!

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Five Q’s with: Wendy LaCapra

Thank you for having me, Melanie!

What was your favorite book as a child?

Heidi. My sister played the part of Clara in a church production of the play and after sitting in on the rehearsals, I read the book…again and again and again. Living in the mountains with goats was an appealing contrast to my flatter-than-flat South Jersey existence.

Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?

I’ve read the second half of Rebecca Brandewyne’s Rose of Rapture a gazillion times. Also, Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm, Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. I recently listened to Lord of Scoundrels on Audible, too. Speaking of Audible, I think I’ve listened to Heyer’s abridged Venetia, oh about 10 times just this year (I listen as I exercise). But that has more than a little to do with Richard Armitage’s, a-hem, vocal presence.

Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’ve never read?

I do like reading classics. I return to Jane Austen every now and then, and of course, the Bronte sisters. On the dark side, I’ve read Dracula, Frankenstein, the Turn of the Screw & the Monk a few times. I have never read the Count of Monte Cristo…I should fix that!

Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?

I just finished Tessa Dare’s When a Scot ties the Knot. Every time I read her books I am in awe of how skillfully she blends humor and romance and deeply-felt emotion.

What’s a movie adaptation of a book/series that you loved or that you wish it is made?

I’d love to see more historical romance made into film. Most period pieces are lovely, but slow. I think Mary Balogh’s books would work wonderfully on screen.

dd wlcBOOK BLURB: Thea Worthington, Duchess of Wynchester divides her time between social engagements and playing her luck against fickle fortune. Yet every gamble is only a bluff—a means to hide from the pain deep within her, and the loss of a babe she never held in her arms. Now Thea’s luck is about to run out. Her estranged husband has returned and seeks a reunion…

Plagued with guilt over what happened to his wife three years ago, the Duke of Wynchester has kept his distance. The duke is resolved to piece his family back together, especially now that he’s discovered his beloved brother—long thought dead—still lives. But Thea’s lovely, porcelain facade is on the verge of cracking…spurred on by the duke’s brother’s secretive, malevolent animosity.

With everything riding on her future, Thea plays a daring game of chance for love and her marriage…and this time, the dice are most certainly rigged.

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Curious stares fixed on them, radiating malice as strong as the heat from the hundreds of candles burning in the sparkling chandeliers. They wanted her to fail. They wanted her to slink back into the darkness, so their perfect duke could be absorbed into their numbers once again. They wanted to titter behind raised fans at the failed attempt of the disgraced duchess to capture her duke’s regard.

She would silence them. She would deny them their sneering triumph. She would. If she was a duchess good enough for Wynchester, she was a duchess good enough for them.

“Shall we, Wynchester?” she spoke in her huskiest voice—not the wife he had known but the woman the years of independence had forged—Duchess Decadence.

Wynchester wanted her to be good, did he? She’d be more than good. She’d be remarkable—in the very best sense.

The music, made faint by the noise of silk against silk

and muffled whispers, began. They led the promenade, and she executed each step with grace. They did not speak. She danced, not as much with him as for him. Boldly, she seized every opportunity to meet his gaze.

Come out—she spoke to the wild within him—come out and let us tangle.

The next sequence required she turn, while he placed one of his hands on her waist, and joined the other in an arc above their heads.

She was tall. The duke taller—proudly she realized there wasn’t a woman in the room who would fit him with as much perfection. Together they made lovely form.

He placed his palm against her back. And as he drew her into a mock embrace at the next turn he inclined his head to whisper in her ear.

“What are you about?” His voice was low.

She glanced up beneath her lashes. “Must I have motive?”

His mouth bore a not-quite-smile, the shadow of dark amusement.

“If I follow,” he made a masculine pivot, “where will you lead?”

“It is you,” she curtseyed and looked into his eyes, “who guide this dance.”

He chuckled. “I think not.”

Thrill—torrid as melted wax—trickled down inside her chest.



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wlcAUTHOR BIO: Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge.  From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with as much richness, intrigue and passion as she found within those books. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the 2012 Golden Heart®. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers.

Awards: Lady Vice (also titled A Dangerous Desire) took first place in the 2013 Laurie and finaled in the 2013 Marlene and 2013 Royal Ascot. An earlier version took first place in the OK RWA Finally a Bride Contest and finaled in the Great Beginnings Contest.

Scandal in Spades finaled in RWA’s 2012 Golden Heart® & finaled in the 2012 Emily Contest.

Devil’s Heartache finaled in the Toronto Chapter’s 2010 Toronto Golden Opportunity Contest and took first place in the Northwest Houston Chapter’s 2010 Lone Star Writing Contest.

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‘Duchess Decadence’ by Wendy LaCapra

dd wlcSTORY: Thea Worthington, Duchess of Wynchester divides her time between social engagements and playing her luck against fickle fortune. Yet every gamble is only a bluff—a means to hide from the pain deep within her, and the loss of a babe she never held in her arms. Now Thea’s luck is about to run out. Her estranged husband has returned and seeks a reunion…

Plagued with guilt over what happened to his wife three years ago, the Duke of Wynchester has kept his distance. The duke is resolved to piece his family back together, especially now that he’s discovered his beloved brother—long thought dead—still lives. But Thea’s lovely, porcelain facade is on the verge of cracking…spurred on by the duke’s brother’s secretive, malevolent animosity.

With everything riding on her future, Thea plays a daring game of chance for love and her marriage…and this time, the dice are most certainly rigged.

REVIEW: Ms. LaCapra’s continues her Furies series with this third and last instalment and let me just say this: I adored it!

She consistently manages to surprise and delight this reader.

I am now firmly in this author’s corner and anxiously await her next series.

Ever since her début ‘Lady Vice’, which was one of the best debuts I’ve read in a long time, she has impressed me with her effortless prose and I’ll forever equate her books to late, great Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and her wonderful prose.

She’s done it again! I can’t tell you how much I love her prose. As she concludes her Furies series, I enjoyed, along with her wonderful prose, a heartbreaking, second chance in love story.

It was tender and sweet; fast paced and entertaining, and very poignant.

It was highly satisfying to finally get to know Thea and her Duke.

If you’re like me and second chance in love trope is what you love, than you can’t miss this tale. It will truly have you laugh and cry. I promise!

Here is a little teaser:

Gradually, as if pulled by the hopeful melody, darker refrain climbed into a higher octave still sad, but no longer mournful. As if he, too, were being pulled by a similar strain, he moved forward until he came to rest against the wall, Thea just beyond his reach. He cupped the back of his neck, closed his eyes, and pressed his cheek into his arm. The melody sunk back into darkness.

She played each note hard, clear, and full. Silently, he sank down onto his haunches and remained in this position until the music’s wistful yearning pushed him to his knees. He inched closer to her back, seeking solace in her nearness. When close enough to feel her heat, he paused and bowed his head. She must have sensed him; the music faded. His weight was on his knees, but his heart was in her hands and their future locked inside the sudden silence.

“Please,’ he whispered.

I rest my case.

Melanie for b2b

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‘What a Duke Wants’ by Lavinia Kent

wadw lkSTORY: What woman would refuse a Duke’s kiss?

Running from a dark secret past, Isabella Masters craves peace and stability, a life far from the prying eyes of society.

She does not dream of landing a lord.

But in the arms of a stranger with magnificent eyes, she loses herself in one breath-stealing kiss— only to discover she has been misled by a reluctant Duke.

Angered but enthralled, she dares not submit . . . though her passionate heart begs her to. He cannot wed her . . . but he must not lose her.

Only one possibility remains— one too scandalous to consider . . . yet too tempting to resist.

REVIEW: We finally have Isabella’s happily-ever-after, but you won’t be lost if you don’t read the previous books in the series. However, I’m one of those people that just loves to read them in order, because the family dynamic is something I can’t get enough of when it comes to series of any kind.

Isabella Masters has been on the run from bad men for a while now, and under those circumstances, it is imperative she hides her identity well. When we meet her, she’s traveling towards London, a place she doesn’t want to go, under the assumed name of Smith and as a child nurse to baby Joey.

Mark Smythe, the newly minted Duke of Strattington, is on his way to London as well, trying to adjust to his circumstances of inheriting a dukedom after his uncle and his cousin die. Not expecting it nor wanting the responsibility, he has a hard time accepting and adjusting to the life he must now embrace.

Our hero and heroine encounter each other one night as both are trying to find some rest and peace after a long day of travel. Their first meeting is full of funny double entendre; yet, by the end of the night, we can’t help but like both of these characters in spite of their holding back their real identities from one another.

From that point on, Ms. Kent takes us on a predictable journey of assumed identities, chasing villains in a blue coat, and one nasty employer; but throughout all that, as I came to know these two so well, being predictable actually made the story more intimate to me.

My heart went out to both of them as they struggled with their choices and their feelings for each other. As they both come to terms with who they really are and the choices get narrowed, their decisions become even harder to accept. Or are they?

WHAT A DUKE WANTS is a fast paced, fun, and very entertaining read with a predictable plot, yet it will make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

Melanie for RRAH

‘In the Spinster’s Bed’ by Sally MacKenzie

itsb smkSTORY: At Spinster House, a woman can enjoy the spoils of single life—or find the love of a lifetime…

It has been twenty years since Lord William Wattles laid eyes on Annabelle Frost. Still, he remembers everything—her ethereal beauty, her bookish intelligence, her surprisingly modern attitudes about love…and lust. But Belle’s allegedly wanton behavior led her father to send her away to save the family’s reputation. Now she resides at Spinster House in the village of Loves Bridge, where an unmarried lady can live—and in Belle’s case, support herself as a librarian—in peace…

Beautiful, passionate Belle—sworn off marriage? William can’t believe the woman he once knew could end up like this. But when the hands of fate bring him to Loves Bridge, his long-lost love might just end up back in his arms. Is their unwavering desire worth the sweeping scandal that is sure to follow them both? Absolutely.

REVIEW: Miss Belle Frost, age 37, lives in Loves Bridge and work as the town’s librarian. She goes by the name of Miss Annabelle Franklin. The daughter of a vicar, she was thrown out of the house when it became known that she was pregnant. She and William Wattles had become lovers and when she realized she was pregnant, she did not want to tell William because she was only a vicar’s daughter. So, she kept her secret from him. Thus, she traveled to Loves Bridge to live the quiet life of a spinster under an assumed name. It has been 20 years and she is known as the Spinster House spinster. As it happens, the town has a home where a spinster can stay for life for until she marries. So, she has had a peaceful life alone and has adopted a cat.

Lord William Wattles, age 38, is the third son of a peer of the realm. His two older brothers, Albert and Oliver are married but their wives have produced only daughters. When William was younger, his father realized that he did not appear to be cut out for big things so he bought William his colors and he entered the Army. Now years later, William has married Hortense, a daughter of an Earl. Unfortunately, it turns out that Hortense is a woman hooked on partying, spirits and cocaine. Her wantonness is such an embarrassment to William that he has decided to leave town for awhile hoping gossip about his wife will soon die down. He chooses the town of Loves Bridge.

When William meets Belle, he immediately recognizes her but she tries to convince him that he is mistaken. But William knows who she is and remembers their past. When he comes to her house, their old attraction takes over. But, William is called away when his wife overdoses and dies. William returns to Loves Bridge but is called away again when his father dies.

Belle does not want to tell William about the past and her pregnancy but she fears she as become pregnant again. She feels she cannot tell him because she is still just a vicar’s daughter and he needs to marry a younger woman of higher breeding and produce an heir.

What will happen to their love and passion? Is it strong enough to keep them together?

This was a nice novella about love that remains true for a long time.

Connie for b2b