‘A Diamond for a Duke’ by Collette Cameron

adfad ccSTORY: A dour duke and a wistful wallflower—an impossible match until fate intervenes one enchanted night.

A dour duke.
Jules, the Sixth Duke of Dandridge disdains Society and all its trappings, preferring the country’s solitude and peace. Already jaded and cynical since the woman he loved died years ago, he’s become even more so since unexpectedly inheriting a dukedom’s responsibilities and finding himself the target of every husband-hunting vixen in London.

A wistful wallflower.
Forever in her stunning sister’s shadow, Jemmah Dament has adored Jules from afar for years—since as children they were the best of friends. She daren’t dream she can win a duke’s heart any more than she hopes to escape the life of servitude imposed on her by an uncaring mother. Jemmah knows full well, Jules is too far above her station. Besides, his family has already selected his perfect duchess: a poised, polished, exquisite blueblood.

But one enchanted night.
A chance encounter reunites Jules and Jemmah, resulting in a passionate interlude neither can forget. Jules realizes he wants more—much more—than Jemmah’s sweet kisses or her warming his bed. He must somehow convince her to gamble on a dour duke. But can Jemmah trust a rogue promised to another? One who’s sworn never to love again?

REVIEW: Apparently this story is a retelling of Charles Perrault’s classic tale “Toads and Diamonds”, which I’ve never heard of and therefore can’t compare the two. I can tell you that Collette Cameron’s story is heartwarming, poignant and endlessly funny.

I adored Jules and Jemmah and couldn’t wait to see them happy. They both had it hard and definitely deserved their happy ending.

If you love fairy tales and friends to lovers stories, you can’t miss this one. It’s a fast and delightful read with plenty of heart and humor.

Melanie for b2b

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Spotlight on Collette Cameron and ‘Passion and Plunder’!

pap ccBOOK BLURB: Would you sacrifice everything for the person you love, knowing you can never be together?

A desperate Scottish lady

Lydia Farnsworth—the sole surviving heir to the Laird of Tornbury Fortress—has lost nearly everyone she loves. Now her father lies on his deathbed. And as if this isn’t dire enough, he’s invited men from the surrounding area to a warrior’s contest—the winner to claim Lydia as his bride.

A Scotsman dueling with his past

Alasdair McTavish, son of Craiglocky Keep’s war chief, is a seasoned warrior in his own right. So when he’s sent to Tornbury to train the Farnsworth soldiers, he’s more than equal to the task.

A danger unseen

When a dangerous adversary makes a move against Lydia, a dastardly scheme comes to light, and Alasdair realizes only he can protect Lydia.

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A few feet inside the room, Lydia spun around and planted her hands on her hips. “Pray tell me, what you’re doing? Why are you so upset and acting like a savage? I but spoke the truth. I’m not your responsibility.”

Alasdair leaned against the door, his eyes hooded, and an almost predatory demeanor about his large form. His lips twitched with her last fiery declaration, but he kept stoically silent.

His untamed hair hanging nearly to his shoulders, golden stubble shadowing his face’s chiseled planes, and an unfathomable, wild glint in his steely azure eyes, accented his Viking ancestry. All he needed was a battle-axe and round shield to complete the image of a fierce, marauding Norseman.

And she wouldn’t mind all that much if he’d laid siege to Tornbury.

She feared he’d already done so with her heart.

Oh, the plundering hadn’t been the overwhelming bedeviling of senses as Flynn’s had.

No, Alasdair’s onslaught had been a subtle, insidious seduction, snaring her before she even realized she’d been led into a trap.

He smiled then, that charming, tempting bending of his strong mouth which, despite her pique, towed at her reluctant heartstrings and sent a frisson of excitement coursing through her pores.

His absurdly broad shoulders and marbled muscles appealed to her femininity. Why must he be so deliciously masculine?

Still, he owed her an explanation for lugging her into the drawing room like an errant child.

“Well?” Widening her eyes, she leaned forward a mite, demanding an explanation, irritated at his highhandedness and her wanton response. “What, you’ve nothing to say now? After you dragged me in here, like a crazed, uncivilized barbarian?”

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REVIEW: This is book five in Highland Heather Romancing a Scot series but it can definitely be read as a standalone.

The first word that came to my mind as I read the last page was WOW! This story was chalk full of wow’s. The setting of Scottish Highlands was wow; the heroine’s strength and bravery is wow and the hero is to die for, so wow for him as well.

As usual, Ms. Cameron gives us an intriguing plot, and coupled with a fast pace and great characterization, this story was vastly entertaining as well as heartwarming. I adored the main characters and thoroughly enjoyed their road to happily ever after. The chemistry between the two was electric!

If you’re a fan of kilted men that speak with a burr, this story is for you. If you’re a fan of Scottish Highlands, you’ll let Ms. Cameron take you there. Her wonderful prose and descriptive story telling will enchant you.

Melanie for b2b

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ccAUTHOR BIO: Bestselling, award-winning author, COLLETTE CAMERON pens Scottish and Regency historicals featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intelligent, intrepid damsels who reform them.

Mother to three, Collette admits to a quirky sense of humor, enjoys inspiring quotes, and anything cobalt blue. A self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic, she lives in Oregon with her miniature dachshunds.

You’ll always find dogs, birds, occasionally naughty humor, and a dash of inspiration in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances.

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‘Bride of Falcon’ by Collette Cameron

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00099]STORY: After five Seasons, Ivonne Wimpleton has accepted she’s a haute ton undesirable. Always a bit ungraceful, her suitors are men desperate to get their hands on her marriage settlement. Guarded and aloof, she’s resigned herself to spinsterhood. She doesn’t mind her fate, since Chancy Faulkenhurst, the man who once held her heart, left for India years ago without an explanation.

When Ivonne’s father, Viscount Wimpleton, refuses Chance’s request for her hand in marriage, he transfers to the East India Troops. Chance’s dreams of making Ivonne his wife are soundly dashed. Ignoring her letters, he closes the door on his heart and Ivonne and remains in India.

Six years later, severely injured during a battle, Chance returns to England physically and emotionally scarred. His love for Ivonne remains just as strong. When he learns due to a whim of Prinny’s she must choose one of the despots whose offered for her hand, Chance is determined that none should have her but him. Except, not only is she infuriated he made no effort to contact her in all those years, in Chance’s absence, his father arranged a marriage for him and fully expects Chance to honor the agreement.

REVIEW: Ivonne (Ivy) Wimpleton is being pursued by Captain Melvin Kirkpatrick who wants to marry her. The man is odious, disgusting and a drunk. While at a soiree, Ivy steps outside for a breath of air only to be accosted by Kirkpatrick who keeps pawing at her.

Chancey Faulkenhurst, known as Falcon, has not seen Ivy for six years. He had fought in India and has sustained some serious injuries. He has always had a tendre for Ivy but knows that as the second son of an Earl, he really does not have much to offer her as she is the daughter of a Viscount. Ivy has a large dowry, plus a home called Garnkerk House.

When Falcon finds Kirkpatrick pawing and insulting Ivy, he wants to punch the man but his own war wounds will not allow him to. But with the help of Ivy’s brothers, he manages to get her away from him and Kirkpatrick is removed from the soiree.

Seeing Falcon as he is now, Ivy is devastated by his injuries and her heart hurts for him. Having been left with a slight limp herself from a riding accident, she can empathize with him.

To get back at Ivy for refusing his suit, Kirkpatrick contrives with his friend Prinny to expect a wedding soon for Ivy. Ivy knows she could never marry Kirkpatrick and would love to marry Falcon as she has always cared for him. However, he thinks that she is put off by his injuries.

Can they open up to each other and express their love?

This was a sweet, but light romance novel. The thing that turned me off was that any parent that would force their child to marry a man as disgusting as Kirkpatrick borders on abusive. However, I’m sure many readers will enjoy the story itself.

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‘Virtue and Valor’ by Collette Cameron

perf5.000x8.000.inddSTORY: Bartholomew Yancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he’s obligated to resign his position as England’s War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her.

Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors, he’s a notorious rake. She’s been told he’s practically betrothed. Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his attentions.

When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel—knowing full well she’s fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer— won’t be coerced into marriage.

Can love unite a reluctant earl and a disenchanted beauty?

REVIEW: Bartholomew Yancy, Earl of Ramsbury, has always been attracted to Isobel Ferguson, a Scottish lass and the sister to Laird Ewan McTavish.  Yancy is headed to meet with Ewan as there have been tribal disputes going on and he needs to see what needs to be done.

Isobel is a very independent and intelligent young woman who enjoys looking for fossils on her land. However, with the uprisings occurring, her family members have instructed her that she is not to leave the immediate area without being accompanied by protectors.  When Yancy arrives in Scotland, he reinforces the edict that Isobel stay safe.  However, she is stubborn and eludes them to continue her fossil search.

But when she is abducted by some of the rebels, life gets quite difficult for her.  Yancy soon realizes he is indeed in love with Isobel, and thus begins his difficult search for her placing his own life in danger. Although she had been very foolish to have begun this folly, she is very lucky to have Yancy searching for her.

There were times I had a difficult time keeping up with the action in this story and the numerous characters.  While I have enjoyed many of Ms. Cameron’s books in the past, I have to say that this was not my favorite.

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‘Wagers Gone Awry’ by Collette Cameron

wga ccSTORY: Brooke Culpepper resigned herself to spinsterhood when she turned down the only marriage proposal she’d likely ever receive to care for her family. After her father dies, a distant cousin inherits the estate and becomes their guardian but permits Brooke to act in his stead.

Heath, Earl of Ravensdale is none-too-pleased to discover five young women call the dairy farm he won and intends to sell, their home. Desperate, pauper poor, and with nowhere to go, Brooke proposes a wager. His stakes? The farm. Hers? Her virtue. The land holds no interest for Heath, but Brooke does and he accepts her challenge.

Brooke loses, and her devastation is compounded when the cousin arrives, intending to haul the Culpepper misses off to London. Heath astounds himself and proposes in order to apply for guardianship of the other girls.

Does Brooke dare marry the handsome stranger who’d been bent on compromising her? Will Heath regret his impulsive gesture, or will unexpected love flourish?

REVIEW: Esherton Green, Cheshire England

April 1822
Brooke Culpepper, age 23, has a heavy load on her slim shoulders.  Since her parents passed away five years ago, she has been tasked with caring for her sister, Brette, and her three cousins, Blythe, and twins, Blaike and Blaire.  In addition, she has the responsibility of running their Esherton Dairy Farm.  Money is very sparse and she has to do all she can to try and make money to buy a new bull for their cows, otherwise there will be no more new calves.  The five ladies are all beautiful, blue-eyed blondes and each of them works hard to raise money via selling herbs, fruit and vegetables, sewing, and giving piano and voice lessons.  Their own food supplies are minimal and their clothes are nearly thread-bare, but they are happy being together.
When Brooke’s father died with no male issue, the estate passed to a distant cousin, Sheridan Gainsborough.  In those five years, the girls have never seen him even though he is also their guardian.  He is simply a greedy man who has “allowed” them to remain at the farm for half of the profit from it.  To prove Sheridan’s stupidity, he loses the property in a gambling wager to Heath, the Earl of Ravensdale.  Heath hates country life, preferring city life and his constant stream of kept women, whom he insists that they be clean and disease-free.
Heath travels to Esherton Green to investigate his new property finding five beautiful women inside.  Arriving in the midst of a violent storm, he is soaked.  The Dairy Farm is but a few miles from his good friend’s home where he had stayed.  Tristan, the Marquis of Leventhorpe, is another confirmed bachelor.  Heath comes across as a jerk only interested in making a deal with Brooke that she become his new mistress and in exchange, he will let her family continue to live at the farm.  But when Heath goes missing after leaving Esherton Green, Leventhorpe arrives to investigate and finds Heath has been knocked out and drugged.  How could this have happened?  It is necessary that Heath stay at the farm to recuperate and Leventhorpe refuses to leave him.
Brooke is forced to pay out what little money she has for a physician to attend him, in addition to feeding him what little food they have.  How will this all turn out for the ladies?
I loved this story and don’t want to give away anymore spoilers.  Suffice to say that readers are going to fall in love this series.  The characters are written perfectly.  I cannot wait for the next books in the series to see what is in store for each of the ladies.
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‘Highlander’s Hope’ by Collette Cameron

cc hhSTORY: Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn’t dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He’s determined to win her heart and make her his own.

Heiress Yvette Stapleton is certain of one thing; marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn’t recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London’s docks, but Lord Sethwick’s passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony.

On a mission to stop a War Office traitor, Ewan draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her, he exploits Scottish law, declaring her his lawful wife-without benefit of a ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally binding, though she never said, “I do.” Will Ewan’s manipulation cost him her newfound love?

REVIEW: Even though this is a début novel of Ms. Cameron’s, the story within takes place after her second book of the Blue Rose Trilogy (which by the way all can be read as standalone).

I did love ‘The Viscount’s Vow’ which I thought had a lot of emotional pull, but in this story the author had used her great sense of humor to reintroduce me to the heroine, Yvette and the hero, Ewan. Both were at the wedding of Vengie, Yvette’s cousin, in ‘The Viscount’s Vow’.

Since I read them in order of the events, and not in the order of their publishing dates, I can say that this order worked for me better. The author has a great knack for telling fun stories with some interesting plots and a plethora of secondary characters that will make your blood boil.

I have to say that the heroine took awhile to get used to. I wasn’t her fan at the start of the book, but as the story progressed, I began to understand her more and more, so I found myself liking her more. As for the hero, Ewan will steal your heart from the get-go. He was definitely Alpha all the way! If you like your romance with a dose of spies, humor and lots of adventure, I think you’ll like this story.

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‘The Viscount’s Vow’ by Collette Cameron

TheViscountsVow2_850STORY: Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.

Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.

REVIEW: This is my first time reading this author and let me tell you, she is very good.

I loved the character of Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick. What a great hero! He starts off with a vengeance in mind, but as soon as he realizes his folly, he’s more than ready to apologies and set things right for our poor, misguided and beautiful heroine, Evangeline Caruthers.

This was an entertaining and enjoyable read from start to finish because of authors use of a range of emotions, from betrayal to forgiveness to love. Ian and Vangie were so different from one another, yet they were destined to be together. It’s those differences, once explored and accepted that brought these two together.

The story’s fast pace will keep you turning the pages while the sensual scenes of this romance will have you reaching for a fan.
If you’re a fan of ‘The Big Misunderstanding’ tropes, witty dialogue with some intrigue and villains running amok, Collette Cameron’s ‘The Viscount’s Vow’ is it!

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