Sunday, 22 April 2018

Book Review

Dashing adventurer Penn Bowen is dedicated to preserving Britain’s history and his carefree, bachelor lifestyle. He’s happiest when he’s in pursuit of knowledge and the occasional liaison with the right woman. So he’s more than a little perturbed when the wrong woman inserts herself into his latest quest—proving that a valuable artifact in Oxford’s museum is a fake. Amelia Gardiner is smart and capable...and determined to prove that Penn is wrong about the treasure her grandfather found.

Amelia won’t allow Penn to denigrate her family’s legacy, and she certainly won’t join the ranks of women who throw themselves at his feet. As secretive and dangerous factions infiltrate their hunt, Amelia and Penn must work together to stay one step ahead. But passion ignites between them and suddenly their alliance is more than a simple convenience. When peril strikes too close, they’ll risk everything they hold dear: family, honor, and a chance for the greatest treasure of all—love.

This is book 3 in the Legendary Rogues, I haven't read the first two and I found you can read this book as a standalone.  So if you like books which have drama, mystery, intrigue and romance, then you will love this book.

From the start I loved Penn, he loves nothing better than finding new artefacts and its while he was finding a new treasure that he comes across Amelia, well she is in disguise and is pointing a gun at him, because what he found is what Amelia wants.

Amelia is such a strong and determined lady.  She also had a close relationship with her grandfather, that she cannot believe Penn, when he says that the artefact in the museum is a fake, and for Amelia she is determined to prove that Penn is wrong, and from here Penn and Amelia join forces.

The romance between Penn and Amelia, was a slow build up and you get the impression it wasn't forced.   Also in the book there was two twists, which you aren't expecting, and for me this kept my interest in the book.

I will give this book 5/5 stars.

I received this complementary ARC in return for a honest review. 


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Book Review

Sometimes what you need is right there waiting for you...

Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium has stood in the pretty Yorkshire town of Haven Bridge for as long as anyone can remember. With her ever-changing stock, Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need: a fire opal necklace that provides a glimpse of a different life; a novel whose phantom doodler casts a spell over the reader; a music box whose song links love affairs across the generations. One thing is for certain: after visiting Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, life is never the same again...

Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the happy-ever-after.

This book is a wonderful collection of short stories, written by nine authors. One author I knew from reading her books before and the others were new authors to me, and ones that I will definitely read again.

The book is centred round Miss Moonshine, who for some reason knows exactly what the customers want, even if at the time they don't want it.  Even though the times change, Miss Moonshine doesn't change and neither does her shop.  For me Miss Moonshine comes across as a magical lady.

I hope when you come to read this wonderful book, that you enjoyed it as much as I did.

I will give this book 5/5 stars, the book is on pre-order at Amazon UK and is available to buy from 18th May.

I received this complementary ARC in return for a honest review.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Book Review

Welcome to the Game of Dukes, a series that draws from Victorian London's finest drawing rooms and its darkest rookeries. Some dukes are peers of the realm, others lords of London's underworld, but all are relentless in their pursuit of justice, power, and passion. These commanding men will meet their match--in the strong, feisty women who capture their hearts.

The Duke Identity

A Quest for Redemption
Shattered by betrayal, former scholar Harry Kent has made a new life for himself as a policeman. Sent on a dangerous covert mission, he must protect a clever and wicked beauty who specializes in disguises and mischief. She stands for everything he scorns--and seduces him with every look of her innocent eyes...

A Desire for Acceptance
A princess of London's criminal underworld, Tessa Todd wants to defend her family against cutthroat enemies. Her powerful grandfather, however, insists upon keeping her under lock and key. When she is assigned a stoic and damnably handsome new bodyguard, she resists his dominant ways--and a passionate war of wills begins...

A Love Unexpected
Thrown together by crisis, Harry and Tessa will test the bounds of desire, loyalty, and trust. On the run from their foes and from their own hearts, they must find salvation in each other--before time runs out.

Length: Full-length novel (Over 95K words or approximately 370 pages)
Heat level: This is a hot historical romance with sizzling love scenes.

You know when a book is so good, that you are still reading it at 2 am.  Yes that person was me, I cannot express how much I loved this book, as you know this is the long awaited book about Harry Kent, and boy was it worth the wait.

All I can say about the book, is that Ms Callaway gave Harry a book that was so well deserved.  This book had it all drama, laughter and a few tears as well.  The chemistry between Harry and Tessa just sizzled off the pages.

I was disappointed to finish the book, because I didn't want it to end, because this was going to be the last we would hear about the Kents.  But this book is also a fitting start to the new series.

If I could I would give this book ten stars, but I'm only allowed to give 5/5 stars.

The book is on pre-order at Amazon UK and is available to buy from 19th April.

I received this ARC from the author in return for a honest review.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Book Review

A convenient betrothal…
‘It will save us both from scandal.’
Widowed three times over, Lady Anna Fortescue is used to ignoring the wagging tongues of the ton. After finding herself in a compromising position with handsome bachelor Lord Harry Edgerton, to avoid scandal she ends up engaged again. The arrangement is one of convenience, but as Anna finds herself unable to resist Harry’s charms she realises the betrothal might have its benefits…

From the moment I first started reading this book, I loved Anna or Lady Fortescue.  Because Anna has been married and widowed three times, she is known as the Black Widow.

There are two things that Anna won't give up to any man, and that is one her independence and two her shipping company.  That is until she meets Harry or Lord Edgerton, where one by one he takes down the barriers that Anna has erected.

Because Anna is so independent, you would be forgiven for thinking that she has a cold heart, she hasn't...but she has been let down and she only allows certain people to get close to her one being her Uncle and the her cousin Beatrice.

Harry is gorgeous, the perfect gentleman and from their first meeting, Harry wants to help Anna and gain her trust.  He has such a kind heart...but when people push him, he will protect the ones he loves, not in a violent way, that's not Harry style.

I can highly recommend this book and I will give it 5/5 stars.

The book is on pre-order at Amazon UK  and is available to buy from 3rd May.

I received this ARC from the author in return for a honest review.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Book Review

"My lord Gascoigne,
I wish to lay my bargain before you with all openness...
Your duties, under the terms of this bargain, are to guide me through the dangerous waters of the Beau Monde. I trust my instincts, but it would be useless to suggest that I am experienced in the ways of the world. I can see at once that you are.
I could see the trap of your rank, looks and charm at a glance, but I am quite safe - for I could never marry a man such as you."

Delphine Delacroix has lived the life of bird in a gilded cage, kept in a stately home with only her cold, autocratic mother for company. At her mother’s death, she finds herself to be a wealthy woman and comes to London, to be fretted over by her three maternal aunts – all determined to have her marry well. But Delphine feels she is once more having to hand herself over to another’s will and seeks to be the mistress of her own destiny.

But she recognises that she has none of the skills needed to steer herself through the shoals of fortune hunters that wish to marry her. Aware of her own naivety and not trusting her aunts, she recruits a rake to help her. Viscount Titus Gascoigne is her choice, and he agrees - but will their dangerous arrangement prosper? Or will it be discovered and prove scandalous?

Alicia Cameron ‘tells tales with the wit and charm of a bygone age.’

‘Real people that you will fall in love with, laugh and cry with, and hate to leave when the book is finished.’

‘The very definition of feel-good!’

Alicia Cameron is a new author too me, this was a lovely sweet romance, and it wasn't to long, I read this in one day.

For some this will be a great book...but for me I couldn't warm to the heroine Delphine, for me she came across as cold.  Which was such a shame because the story was good, and no matter what Ms Cameron did to try and make me warm to her, I just couldn't.

There was one person I did like and that was Miss Phoebe, she was the exact opposite of Delphine.  Miss Phoebe was warm, kind and caring, if only Phoebe had been the heroine, I would have liked the book a lot more.

So for the reasons I have given, I will give the book 4/5 stars.

This book is available to buy from Amazon UK and all other retailers.

This was a complementary copy from the author, in return for a honest review.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Book Review

Artist Honey Blackwell is happy with her life. Well, almost. She lives in the picturesque village of Heatherlea, has three close friends and a soft spot for local supply teacher Dane Ackerman. If only she could put her past behind her and embrace the present.

Dane is working hard to prove himself at the village primary school and doesn’t really have time for love, but he’s drawn to Honey and hopes she feels the same. When a permanent teaching position is advertised in Heatherlea, he faces stiff competition to secure it. 

As Honey and Dane deal with the ups and downs of life, will they be able to find a way to be together, or will they have to accept that sometimes love just isn’t enough?

This is the fourth short story in The Cosy Cottage Café series. 

This is book four and because I haven't read the other two I found you can read these as standalone's, so if you are like me and come into the series late, there is enough back story for you to follow without it interfering with the new characters.

This was such a lovely book to read, for me this book come highly recommended.  Have you ever read a book were you would love to visit, well this book did this too me, I want to visit the cafe and meet all the people who live their.  By the time I had finished reading the book it left me feeling all warm and cosy.

Their was some laugh out moments, one especially when Dawn is giving birth and the other is when Honey is at the Easter Egg Hunt, which involves a dog, if you have read the previous book then you will know exactly what I mean.  In some parts of the book I ended up crying, when Honey explains her big secret to her friends and when she explained to Dane.

I give this book 5/5 stars.  This book is available to buy from Amazon UK and all other retailers.

These are the other books in the series, which you can buy from Amazon UK.

Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café
Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café 
Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café

I recieved this ARC from the author in return for a honest review.



Sunday, 8 April 2018

Book Review

The scoundrel of Society
…has compromised the Vicar’s daughter!
When scandalous Fenton Foxworthy is beaten and left for dead, he’s rescued by demure vicar’s daughter Rebecca Whitelow. Fox is a cynical rake whose outrageous propositions are the talk of the ton—but his injuries are so great that Rebecca mistakes him for the new village Vicar! Too late, Rebecca realises her error…she’s been compromised into a hasty marriage!

First of all I would like to thank Liz Tyner, she very kindly let me review the book once I got my book mountain down.  So thank you very Liz.

I won't be going into great detail, mainly because that would spoil the book.

All you need to know is that Fenton Foxworthy is beaten and Rebecca rescues him, and for me this is the funny part she assumes he is the new vicar.  Unfortunately I can't reveal any more.  You will just have to buy the book to find out what happens next.

I loved this book and can't wait to read more of Ms Tyner's books.

I give this book 4/5 stars.  This book is available to buy from Amazon UK and all other retailers.

I received this ARC copy from the author in return for a honest review.