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#The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake–Review–4 stars–#NetGalley

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Abby was tired of being taken advantage of. Her siblings were squabbling once again, over where she would live, and who needed her help, the most. It would have been nice if they had considered Abby’s feelings in the matter, but they didn’t. So Abby knew it was time for a change. And, her family was not happy about it.

Abby was twenty-nine years old and decided that it was time for her to take control over her life. She applied for a governess position at the Duke of Rothwell’s residence. Abby had once known the Duke when he was fifteen years of age. Before he left for London, Max had pledged his love, promised to write, and when he was of age, return home to marry Abby. Even though Max broke Abby’s heart, she never stopped loving him. Max never wrote to Abby or returned home, as he promised. In fact, Max hadn’t been back to the Rothwell residence for fifteen years. 

 Abby was shocked to not only find the Duke at home but showering a beautiful woman with inappropriate attention. Just as Abby expected, he was not pleased to see her. Max gave Abby one week, to finish her employment in his home, working as his sister’s governess. Although being dismissed by Max, was humiliating and stung, Abby was glad to finally, put an end to her romantic fantasies regarding him. That was, however, until Max kissed her. Although Abby was anxious in Max’s home, she never expected to be in mortal danger. 

The Duke I Once Knew is a well-written historical fiction romance. And, even though I found the book predictable, it was still an entertaining and enjoyable read. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Olivia Drake is the author of 8 books including the Cinderella Sisterhood series: IF THE SLIPPER FITS, STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, ABDUCTED BY A PRINCE, BELLA AND THE BEAST, and HIS WICKED WISH. Another book in the series will be out in 2017. She also has written 24 romance novels under the name Barbara Dawson Smith. Her books have won the Golden Heart Award, Best Historical Romantic Suspense, Best Regency Historical, and the prestigious Rita Award from Romance Writers of America. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and a pair of feisty cats. Her two daughters have flown the nest, but they still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.

 

 

#The Good, The Bad, and The Duke by Janna MacGregor–Review–4.5 Stars-#NetGalley

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The Good, The Bad, and The Duke is the fourth historical fiction romance in The Cavensham Heiresses Series.  

Lady Daphne Hallworth felt invisible. Her family had left in their carriages for the Christmas holiday and left her behind. At first, Daphne was furious and hurt. But then she decided that it was a perfect opportunity for her to pursue her dream. She wanted to open a home for unwed mothers. But her brother, the head of the family, was against it. Well, as far as Lady Daphne was concerned, her days of being controlled were over. It was time for her to make her mark in the world. 

Unfortunately, on the way to inquire about property, Lady Daphne was robbed. She didn’t care so much about the money; it was her diary that she was worried about. If it fell into the wrong hands, Lady Daphne would not only be humiliated and ruined; her family would be, as well. She chased the pint-size thief until he ran into a gentlemen’s gambling hall. 

Lady Daphne had always had a crush on Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. But, her brother and Paul had had a falling out, and it was understood by her family that no one was to have anything to do with Paul. He had always been kind to Daphne though. She saw goodness where no one else did. So when Paul offered to help her, she accepted. The Duke of Southart was determined to change his soiled reputation. He was done with being selfish. He hoped that recovering and returning Lady Daphne’s diary would count towards restoring his reputation and mending a broken friendship. 

I loved Paul Barstowe and Daphne Hallworth in this story and was glad to see them change and grow. The Good, The Bad, and The Duke is a well-written, captivating, and enjoyable holiday romance. 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers.

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#My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes–Review-5 stars–#NetGalley

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My One and Only Duke is a compelling rags to riches historical fiction romance. I was captivated and invested in the characters, right from the start.  

Quinn Wentworth was a gruff, street-wise, rough-around-the-edges, intimidating man. He also had a kind heart. He loved his wacky family, and instead of endangering their lives, he was willing to die for a crime he didn’t commit, to keep them safe.

Jane Winston obediently followed her minister father into Newgate Prison. He preached to a group of prisoners, while she visited with inmates in their cells. Although Quinn Wentworth was less than pleased to have anyone bothering him, he was intrigued with the preacher’s daughter. When he discovered that Jane was a pregnant widow and impoverished, he offered to marry her. Quinn wanted to accomplish one last good deed before he was hanged. His only wish was for Jane and her baby to be financially cared for.  

When Quinn escaped death, no one was more surprised than him to discover that he was the new Duke of Waldon. Instead of enjoying his new title, properties, and bride, Quinn was busy unearthing the conniving scoundrel, who framed him for murder. 

Although Jane had never expected to live as husband and wife, she was determined to make her marriage work. Jane wasn’t about to tolerate deceit; however, she had too much of that with her first husband. So when Jane caught Quinn fabricating stories and trying to placate her, Jane decided that she’d be better off alone. The trouble was, though, Quinn had already stolen her heart. For all of Quinn’s faults, the duke was kind, loving and very thoughtful. How was Jane ever going to live without the big-hearted brute?

My One and Only Duke is an enjoyable, entertaining and well-written novel. The characters are quirky and intriguing.  I’m looking forward to Duncan’s story in book two of the series.

Thank you, Forever-Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside. 

While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing…. romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. (“Mom, why doesn’t anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?”)

Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in “the call” started out: “I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing–and if that doesn’t narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought.” (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)

To contact Grace, email her at graceburrowes@yahoo.com. 

 

#The Shipbuilder’s Wife by Jennifer Moore–Review 4.5 stars–NetGalley

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The Shipbuilder’s Wife is a well-written and compelling novel, taking place during the war of 1812. 

Beautiful southern socialite, Lydia Prescott was planning her wedding when British soldiers attacked her Virginia home. She survived the fiery explosion but not without injury. Lydia’s engagement was broken after her beloved saw the ugly gash on her face. Lydia’s confidence and charming manner evaporated. Depression and isolation became her norm. Lydia’s family should have been her support, but both parents avoided her; spending, as little time, as possible, with their not so perfect daughter.  

When Lydia was told that she was to marry Jacob Steele, the shipbuilder, she was nervous. She had only met him once, and although he wasn’t rude or condescending to her, he was intimidating. However, even though, she was anxious about marrying a stranger, she was glad to be leaving her present unhappy and isolated existence, behind. Lydia would soon find out, though, that being married to Jacob, was not an easy task. Jacob Steele was an aloof, moody, and guarded man. He also has a big heart.

Lydia did her best to strengthen their relationship. But Jacob didn’t trust her. And, Lydia wasn’t so sure that she trusted him either. But, when Jacob started to think that Lydia could be a British spy, their fragile marriage began to crumble.  

The author’s historical descriptions and in-depth character development brought this book alive for me. And, although I liked Jacob and Lydia, and rooted for their relationship, it was Alden, Jacob’s friend, who won my heart. Alden is a charismatic, funny, and lovable character. He’s unique, quirky, and just so much fun. I sincerely hope that Alden gets his own book. I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Thank you, Covenant Communications and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was aboard a British frigate during the age of sail.

 

Today’s New Fab Releases

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Once a Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/08/12/once-a-scoundrel-by-mary-jo-putney-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

The Christmas Wishing Tree by Emily March—5 stars
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The Coordinates of loss by Amanda Prowse—4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/09/06/the-coordinates-of-loss-by-amanda-prowse-review-4-stars-netgalley

 

Last Night With The Earl by Kelly Bowen—4 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/09/05/last-night-with-the-earl-by-kelly-bowen-review-4-stars-netgalley

#Lord of Vice by Erica Ridley–Review-5 stars-#NetGalley

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Lord of Vice is a well-written and captivating historical fiction romance.

Maxwell Gideon was the founder of a successful gaming club, The Cloven Hoof. He was also known as the Lord of Vice. And, although, Max was not of noble birth, titled and non-titled gentleman, alike, sought entrance to his establishment. Max enjoyed turning away many of the esteemed nobility who had denied him access to their clubs.

Max wanted to expand the establishment, but to do so, he needed to own the deed to the Cloven Hoof. Unfortunately, his secret and silent partner was the one who held that precious document. Max has given several, more-than-fair offers to buy the business, through their liaison, Heath Grenville. But Max’s silent partner did not agree to any of them. Max wasn’t seeking the deed, to boost his ego; he had specific plans, that he wanted to implement. And to do that, he needed to own the business. He also wanted to prove to Polite Society, that they’d been wrong, about him and his family. 

Max didn’t know that the woman who intrigued him to the point of distraction was the secret partner who had been refusing his proposals. Bryony Grenville, the holder of the deed to The Cloven Hoof, was falling in love with Max Gideon. She was afraid, however, that once he found out who she was, their growing friendship, would die, and her heart would break. 

I loved the characters, Bryony and Max. They were both intelligent, opinionated, and kind. I found their witty banter humorous, and their relationship touching. If you enjoy regency romance, you’ll love, Lord of Vice.

Thank you, WebMotion Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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#Last Night With The Earl by Kelly Bowen–Review–4 stars #NetGalley

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Eli Dawes, the Earl of Rivers, was once a notorious rake. Eli was titled, handsome, and charming. He enjoyed women and women adored him. But, the one woman Eli desired above all others, was engaged to Anthony, his best friend. Anthony, however, didn’t respect the woman he supposedly loved and was to marry. Eli wouldn’t find out, though, just how awful his friend was until it was too late. 

The battle of Waterloo changed the Earl physically and emotionally. The self-confident man who had joined the military was not the same man who returned home, to England. The Earl’s gross facial disfigurement made sure of that.

Rose Hayward ran a school for young women from prominent families. She was also a much sought out artist. Rose’s passion for helping flawed individuals raise their self-esteem, came after Rose was shunned in London. She believed, Eli Dawes, and her fiancé, Anthony, were the ones responsible for her humiliation. But, Rose didn’t have all the facts; facts she discovered, would both sting and heal.  

Last Night With The Earl is an enjoyable historical fiction romance. Thank you, Forever-Grand Central Publishing, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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I was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada. I attended the University of Manitoba where I earned a graduate degree in veterinary physiology and spent many years happily working as a research scientist in the agriculture industry. None of which, of course, has anything to do with writing romance novels.

My writing stemmed from my lifelong obsession with history, a weakness for a good love story and after my first child was born, I sat down to do what I’d also wanted to do – write a novel. (The entire process being facilitated by the abundance of winter months that can be found in this particular province). 

Currently, I live in Winnipeg with my husband and two boys who are wonderfully patient and supportive of the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.