Spotlight on Meredith Duran and ‘A Lady’s Code of Misconduct’!

alcom-mdBOOK BLURB: A Deal With the Devil…
Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.

…Never Goes to Plan.
The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for…

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A Lady's Code of MisconductLuck Be a LadyLady Be GoodFool Me TwiceThat Scandalous Summer


“But if our connection means anything to you.” He pushed out a ragged breath. “If you meant those tears you shed when I told you of Jonathan. If your laughter was real, and your smiles. If you feel, as I do, that you could wish for no better partner — in politics, as much as in life. If all of that is true, and not simply an act, a mask to cover your indifference — then tell me so now. Because I am finished with this stalemate. I will not endure a wife who tells me to go back to a mistress. I will not have a wife who refuses to demand explanations.”

REVIEW: This is an author I try to never pass me by. She can do characters that are very relatable and extremely complex. They are never good or bad, rather they tend to be both. And so are the two leads in this story.

Jane Mason is an heiress that is biding her time under her uncle’s roof and putting on a meek indifference while secretly planning to bolt as soon as she can find a husband, and not of her uncle’s choosing. Hiding her true nature, letting her greedy uncle assert his control over her, is something she must get away from and she needs an out quickly.

Crispin Burke is an MP and a political ally of Jane’s uncle and someone she comes to despise as she finds him to be underhanded, ruthless and power hungry. He’s goal of becoming the next prime minister at any cost, she finds abhorring.

I bet I wasn’t the only one struggling to like the hero at the start of this story. But as the story developed and I got to know who these two really were, I felt that the struggles they confronted and choices they made, made them better persons and better partners.

If you’re in a mood for a serious, intriguing and complex romance, this is it.

Melanie for b2b

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MeredithDuranAuthorPhotoAUTHOR BIO: Meredith Duran is the author of ten previous novels, including The Duke of Shadows (winner of the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition); Wicked Becomes You (included on the Woman’s World List of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010), and the USA TODAY bestseller and RITA Award Winner Fool Me Twice.

She blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history, and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after.

She enjoys collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. Visit her at, on Twitter @meredithduran and Facebook AuthorMeredithDuran.

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‘Your Wicked Heart’ by Meredith Duran

ywh-mdSTORY: Amanda Thomas is stranded a thousand miles from home. Jilted by a viscount and abandoned without a penny, she’ll do whatever it takes to secure a berth on an England-bound ship.

But when the anchor lifts, she’s not the only impostor on board—for the stranger in her bed claims to be the real viscount. Can she trust this devastatingly attractive scoundrel? Or is his offer of friendship only a pretext for seduction…and revenge?

REVIEW: Meredith Duran starts her brand new series, Rules for the Reckless, with this gem of a novella. Think of it as a prelude to wonderful setting and great characters.

This was such a short story, but I loved every moment of it and wish it would have been an awesome full length novel because of the characters, setting and great humor. I thought the heroine was strong despite her naiveté and the hero honorable despite his stubbornness.

The story was well written and moved fast and furious, making it very easy to read. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I hope you will to.

Melanie for b2b

Spotlight on Lecia Cornwall and …

Once Upon a Highland Season Series!

‘Once Upon a Highland Summer’

ouahs lc 1BOOK BLURB: An ancient curse, a pair of meddlesome ghosts, a girl on the run, and a fateful misunderstanding make for the perfect chance at true love.

Lady Caroline Forrester is on the run from her brother’s scheme to marry her off to the highest bidder. An escape to Scotland offers a chance at employment as a governess and freedom from an unhappy marriage—it’s the perfect solution. But Caroline wasn’t prepared for the feelings that her new employer brings out in her.

Alec McNabb, the reluctant Earl of Glenorne, never expected to return home to Scotland. But now that he’s there, he realizes he has obligations that he cannot escape. Alec needs to marry well, and quickly.

When a case of mistaken identity—coupled with the sensual, magical atmosphere of Glenorne Castle—results in a passionate encounter, Caroline and Alec must decide whether their attraction is enough to overcome the problems of their pasts, or whether this one chance at true love was over before it began…

REVIEW: Truly fun and entertaining novella. Despite it being short, the author did a fantastic job in developing her main characters as well as the secondary ones.

There’s so much to appreciate in this story. From the setting and scenery, to the paranormal aspect of this story, I enjoyed it and appreciated the fast pace and a well written plot.

I loved the humor and romance in equally and dreaded the end.

If you’re in a mood to visit Highlands and a hero that’s swoon worthy, don’t miss this one! 

‘Once Upon a Highland Autumn’

ouaha lc 2BOOK BLURB: Megan McNabb would do anything to get out of marrying a man she does not love—even handfasting for a year and a day with an English stranger.

A mysterious letter draws Lord Kit Rossington to Scotland in search of a lost treasure. But the marriage-minded females he avoided in England follow him to the Highlands, and he’ll do anything—even a temporary marriage with a Highland lass—to keep his freedom while he solves a mystery that’s haunted Glen Dorian for almost a century.

Legends say a curse lurks among the shattered stones of Glen Dorian Castle. Will the love that is beginning to grow between Megan and Kit be able to withstand fate? For only the living, those with bold hearts and true love, can restore peace to Glen Dorian at last.

REVIEW: What can happen if you are an English lord searching for a hidden treasure in the Highlands? Well, plenty! And that’s what’s so fun about this story.

Two wonderfully complex and determined characters make this story entertaining and laugh out loud delicious.

And I haven’t even gotten to the awesome writing and an amazing picture of the highlands that the author does!

Get it! You’ll enjoy it!

‘Once Upon a Highland Christmas’ 

ouahc lcBOOK BLURB: Lady Alanna McNabb is bound by duty to her family, who insist she must marry a gentleman of wealth and title. When she meets the man of her dreams, she knows it’s much too late, but her heart is no longer hers.

Laird Iain MacGillivray is on his way to propose to another woman when he discovers Alanna half-frozen in the snow and barely alive. She isn’t his to love, yet she’s everything he’s ever wanted.

As Christmas comes closer, the snow thickens, and the magic grows stronger. Alanna and Iain must choose between desire and duty, love and obligation.

But it’s Christmas in the Highlands, and there are bound to be a few surprises.

REVIEW: As Christmas novella’s go, this one is one of the best I’ve read in a long while. Truly sweet and tender with plenty of characters to intrigue and entertain.

I loved everything about this story, especially the magic spells and magic of Christmas that seals the love and romance of our two protagonists.

This is a definite must read for this season!

Melanie for b2b

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lecia-cornwall-175AUTHOR BIO: Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.

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‘The Governess Was Wanton’ by Julia Kelly

tgww-jkSTORY: Follow three best friends who navigate love and independence as governesses in Regency England in this delightfully charming installment in the Governesses series.

Mary Woodward, a young veteran governess, has one job: guiding a young debutante through her first season in high society. And up until now, keeping her focus and avoiding temptation has been easy.

But never before has the father of her young charge been as devilishly handsome as the single, wealthy Earl of Asten…. Convinced to risk it all, Mary let’s herself enjoy one night of magic at a masked ball in Asten’s arms, but will they both regret everything when the Earl learns her true identity?

REVIEW: London – 1857

Mary Woodward, age 32, is an experienced governess whose new position tasks her to guide a young debutante through her first season. Mary has such a good reputation that she is often referred to as the Fairy Godmother of Belgravia. Her new position is as governess to Lady Eleanora.

Lady Eleanora, age 17, is the daughter of the wealthy, widowed Earl of Aston. The Earl is concerned about his daughter because she seems to be quite unhappy and lacks the enthusiasm needed to take her through the season and to find a husband. The Earl is a powerful political figure in the House of Lords. He is constantly being visited by Lady Laughlin, a widowed and old friend of his late wife. She has two daughters of her own entering their seasons as well. The woman is constantly dropping in unexpectedly, giving orders to the Earl’s staff, and making snide remarks to Eleanora to make her own daughters look good.

When Mary suggests to the Earl that perhaps Eleanora thinks that he is going to marry Lady Laughlin, he is shocked declaring that marriage is not what he wants.

The Earl is very impressed with Mary’s credentials and how she and Eleanora get along well as Mary is slowly able to interest the girl into attending soirees. Eleanora has been very well-educated. Some of her instruction has been via her father.

Mary finds the Earl to be a very handsome man, but knows to keep his distance. Ironically, he feels the same way.

One night, Eleanora convinces Mary to attend a masked ball where she is not known to anyone. When she waltzes with the Earl and they step outside for some fresh air, magic happens.

Is there a chance for them or is Mary destined to always be a governess?

I really loved this book. The characters of Mary, Eleanora and the Earl really grab the reader making you like them. I hope others will read this book. It is one that you do not want to miss.

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Connie for b2b

‘A Common Scandal’ by Amanda Weaver

acs awSTORY: Finishing school taught Amelia Wheeler how to put on a well-mannered performance—when she’s not bored and looking for trouble. Lady Grantham’s is behind her and now it’s time for Amelia to keep her promise to her dying mother: marry a title and leave her wild days behind.

That promise would be much easier to keep if Nate Smythe hadn’t just reappeared in a London ballroom. The son of an impoverished sailor, Nate—Natty, as he used to be called—has grown up to become handsome, rich and polished. He claims to be looking for a proper bride who can advance his business interests, but that doesn’t stop him from seeking out Amelia every chance he gets. Challenging her. Kissing her.

Suddenly, struggling against her simmering passion is the least of Amelia’s problems—one of her titled suitors is hiding a desperate secret that could stop Amelia from pleasing her parents or finding happiness with Nate. As a weeklong house party threatens to derail her hard-won future, Amelia must decide: fight against disaster or act like the lady she’s promised to become?

REVIEW: Portsmouth England – 1885

Amelia Wheeler, age 10, loves to venture out from her home to meet up with her friend, Natty Smythe, and play around the waterfront. Amelia is the daughter of a wealthy merchant and Natty is the son of a sailor. But when he tells her that he is going to sea to make money to care for his parents and siblings, she is sad to see him go.

London – June 1896

Amelia is attending her third season in London and trying hard to show an interest in it. Her friend, Sir Percy Cholmondelay, is boring her to tears with his prattle. Her father, Josiah Wheeler, is anxious to see her married to a man with a title. So, Amelia is thrilled when Nathaniel (Nate) Smythe shows up at the ball that Amelia is attending. They are delighted to meet again. Nate has amassed a fortune during his time away, but society sees him as a man who has actually worked to earn his money. Now, he is the owner of Smythe Shipping. Even though Amelia’s father is a self-made man, he snubs Nate who in turn politely steps away from Amelia which hurts her.

Nate’s plan is to meet and woo Julia Harrow, the daughter of the Earl of Hyde and owner of Royal Eastern Enterprises, a large shipping concern. He is hoping to enter into a partnership with the Earl and what better way than to wed his daughter.

Amelia’s mother has been an invalid for years with a weak heart. The daughter of a Viscount, her family disowned her when she fell in love with and married Josiah Wheeler, a man without a title. Now, she is pressuring Amelia to marry a man with a title so she can see her settled before she dies. Her mother’s sister lives in London but has never met Amelia and refuses to have anything to do with their family.

Amelia is invited to attend a house party at the home of the Earl of Tewsbury. She agrees knowing that Lord Radwill will also be attending. He is a nice, but dull man whom her father wishes her to marry. The snobbishness of some of the titled young ladies attending make for some harsh words, but Amelia is a tough young woman. When Nate shows up at the party as well, things get interesting.

Will Amelia be able to land a titled man to please her parents even though her heart belongs to Nate? Will Nate continue to pursue Lady Julia to increase his own business?

This was a delightful novel that I enjoyed very much. Both Amelia and Nate are strong characters and the story is beautifully written.

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Connie for b2b

‘A Lady in the Smoke’ by Karen Odden

alits koSTORY: Following a humiliating fourth Season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames. Though she is injured, she manages to drag herself and her unconscious mother out of the wreckage, and amid the chaos that ensues, a brilliant young railway surgeon saves her mother’s life. Elizabeth feels an immediate connection with Paul Wilcox—though society would never deem a medical man eligible for the daughter of an earl.

After Paul reveals that the train wreck was no accident, and the inspector who tried to prevent it dies under mysterious circumstances, Elizabeth undertakes a dangerous investigation of her own that leads back to her family’s buried secrets. The more she learns, the more she must risk. Not only are her dowry and her reputation at stake; Paul’s very life hangs in the balance when he is arrested for manslaughter. As the trial draws near, and Parliament prepares for a vote that will change the course of the nation, Elizabeth uncovers a conspiracy that has been years in the making. But time is running out for her to see justice done.

REVIEW: I’m not sure why I had a hard time with this story. It was written well, yet I had a hell of a time connecting with the main protagonists.

I also had a hard time following the plot, which wasn’t bad in itself, it just took forever to develop.

If you like your historical romances with a lot of history in it, this one is just the thing then, but for me, it was just okay.

Melanie for b2b

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‘How to Please a Lady’ by Jane Goodger

htpal jgSTORY: Run though they might, love will find them…

Lady Rose Dunford is shocked–and titillated–by the number of female visitors coming and going from her mysterious new neighbor’s Manhattan brownstone. Recently widowed by the death of her very sweet, but not very exciting husband, Rose finds it difficult to imagine just what the attraction could be.

And then she meets the bachelor in question. Not only is Charlie Avery dashing and outrageously good looking–she knows him! He is none other than the man who once helped her escape the dreary matchmaking plans of her father, the man she once dreamed she could love. Can Charlie’s presence next door be an accident? Or has he come to show her everything he has learned about…

REVIEW: New York

Rose Cartwright’s husband, Daniel, passed away a year ago leaving her childless. Her new neighbors tend to share what sounds like their quite vocal sexual relations. It appears that the neighbor is a bachelor with lady friends who visit him. He is the owner of the company C. A. Kitchen Tools. It turns out he is her former head groom and friend, Charlie Avery.

Before Rose married Daniel, she lived in England. Lady Rose Dunford enjoyed riding her mare, Moonrise. The daughter of the Earl of Chesterfield of Hallstead Manor, she has unwittingly attracted the Duke of Weston and is soon to marry him.

Charlie is the family’s groom and has been friends with Rose for many years. Although he is just a servant, he has always been in love with her. When he finds she is to marry the Duke, he decides to move to America.

At her engagement party to the Duke, Rose meets Daniel Cartwright, an American, who works with the U.S. Ambassador. He is quite charming to her and she fancies that he cares for her. When the Duke treats Rose disgustingly, she is determined that she cannot marry the man. In addition, she realizes how much Charlie cares about her and how much she will miss him.

But fate prevails and she runs away with Charlie to America thinking she will marry Daniel Cartwright. After a sea journey, they arrive in New York and Rose insists that they go their separate ways. Charlie is to work in a restaurant and Rose will take a cab to Daniel Cartwright’s home. But Rose is robbed of her money and tries to walk to Daniel’s home in the snow. Charlie is worried about her and learns that she is missing. He finds her and brings her to Daniel’s house where he nurses her through the night as the doctor has said she may likely die from the influenza she has contracted. But Rose survives and Charlie leaves her with Daniel and become a very successful and rich man.

As it happens, Rose and Daniel do marry but their marriage is never consummated. When Daniel dies several years later, ironically from the influenza, Rose meets Charlie again when he buys the house next door to her. Slowly, they pick up their friendship again which soon leads to an attraction neither of them can deny.

I loved this story. Jane Goodger’s books are really good and I am delighted when I see she has written a new one.

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Connie for b2b