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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.

 

 

Today’s New Fabulous Releases, #Dancing With The Sun & #The Good, The Bad, and The Duke

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Dancing With The Sun by Kay Bratt—5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/10/27/dancing-with-the-sun-by-kay-bratt-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

 

The Good, The Bad, and The Duke by Janna MacGregor—4.5 stars

https://write-escape.com/2018/10/23/the-good-the-bad-and-the-duke-by-janna-macgregor-review-4.5-stars-netgalley

#The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn–Review

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The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband is a sweet and enjoyable historical fiction romance.

Cecilia Harcourt left England, for the States, after receiving a letter from Thomas’s commanding officer, informing her of his injuries. Cecilia never thought that she’d have the courage to cross the ocean by herself, but she needed to see her brother. Thomas was all she had left. But, when Cecilia reached the NY hospital, Thomas wasn’t there; his best friend, Edward Rokesby, however, was. Knowing that only family members could visit patients, Cecilia told the officer in charge that she was Edward’s wife. Cecilia was hoping that Edward could shed some light as to the whereabouts of her brother. He couldn’t. Edward was suffering from a severe head injury with amnesia.

It bothered Cecilia to lie to Edward. But, he was an Earl’s son and an officer, and the Rokesby name was opening doors. And, right now she had to find her brother. But as the days passed, Cecilia felt more and more guilty about the lies she was telling. And, the thing was, Cecilia was falling in love with Edward.  She hoped against hope that she’d find her brother before Edward regained his memory because Cecilia knew, that Edward was going to be furious. And, Cecilia would rather not be around for that scene, even though it was going to break her heart to leave.

The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband is an entertaining read, but not one of my favorites by this author. 

3.5 out of 5 stars

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Today’s 5-star New Releases,#Girls On The Line & #My One and Only Duke

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The Girls On The Line by Aimie K. Runyon
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My One And Only Duke by Grace Burrowes
https://write-escape.com/2018/10/14/my-one-and-only-duke-by-grace-burrowes-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

Today’s 5-Star New Releases-#The Memory of You & #The First Earl I See Tonight

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The Memory of You by Jamie Beck—5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2018/10/01/the-memory-of-you-by-jamie-beck-review-5-stars-netgalley

 

 

The First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett
https://write-escape.com/2018/09/29/first-earl-i-see-tonight-by-anna-bennett-review-5-stars

#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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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

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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#Girls On The Line by Aimie K. Runyan–Review–5 Stars-#NetGalley

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Girls On The Line is a riveting well-written novel about the women in WWI, who made up the Army Signal Corps. 

Ruby Wagner’s family was part of Philadelphia’s elite class. Ruby found her prearranged life dull. She was to marry the man her father chose for her, and live as a wealthy society woman, hosting parties and supporting charities. But, Ruby wanted more. She wanted her life to count for something, especially after her brother died fighting the Germans in France. 

So, even though, Ruby’s parents and fiancé were against her joining the military. Ruby tested for the Army Signal Corps anyway. After being accepted, she was deployed overseas. It was in France where Ruby discovered what she really wanted in life. And, being married to a prominent wealthy gentleman, hosting balls and drinking tea was not it. Ruby was a talented leader. While in the military, she developed deep friendships, including a handsome medic, Andrew Carrigan.

The author brings WWI to life with compelling scenes, rich historical details, and realistic, flawed, likable characters. This story is not just about war, but about choices, and its consequences, true friendship, and love. Girls On The Line celebrates the women telephone operators who received very little recognition after risking their lives and helping to end WWI. I thoroughly enjoyed this compelling book and highly recommend reading it.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She is the author of two previous historical novels: Promised to the Crown and Duty to the Crown. She is active as an educator and a speaker in the writing community and beyond. She lives in Colorado with her wonderful husband and two (usually) adorable children. To learn more about Aimie and her work, please visit www.aimiekrunyan.com.