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A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase–#Book Review

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New Historical Fiction Romance by Loretta Chase, Coming 11/28/17!

 

A Duke in Shining Armor, is an entertaining fictional story, and the first book, in Loretta Chase’s Difficult Dukes Series.

Lady Olympia Hightower is about to become the new Duchess of Ashmont. She should be ecstatic. But, instead of basking in all of the luscious benefits that will come with her new title, Olympia’s been drowning her fears with alcohol. The problem, according to Lady Olympia, is that the Duke of Ashmont, is as handsome as an angel, and she, was practically on the shelf. Lady Olympia has been passed over, year after year and was considered by most men, to be bookish and boring. So, what would a man like the Duke of Ashmont want with her? That’s the question she needed to figure out before marrying the handsome devil. When Hugh, the Duke of Ripley came knocking at her door, she knew that her time was up. Lady Olympia took the only escape she could think of, out the window.

The Duke of Ripley was given the responsibility of making sure his best friend’s wedding went off without a hitch. Hugh was pretty sure, though, that Lady Olympia, escaping her own ceremony, was going to put a damper on his friend’s day. So, without giving it much thought, Hugh hoisted himself up and climbed out the window, to be about the business, of fetching the soon-to-be-new Duchess of Ashmont.

When Hugh took on the mission of bringing Lady Olympia back to the wedding, he fully expected a challenge. What he didn’t expect, though, was that his challenge would include stuffing his growing attraction to Olympia, and keeping his hands to himself.

Although I enjoyed reading this book, I didn’t find it realistic or emotionally captivating. However, if you are looking for a light historical fiction romance, this may be the perfect book for you.

Thank you, Avon Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde-5 Shining Stars–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Newest, Heartwarming, 5-Star Release, The Wake Up—Coming 12/5/17!

The Wake Up is an outstanding, five-star, character-driven book. Once I started reading this novel, I lost all track of time. I quickly became absorbed in the character’s lives and had a hard time putting the book down, for even a moment. The Wake Up is a heartfelt story about love, trust and acceptance, and how two struggling, lost boys, found their place in the world.

Aiden Delacorte is an empath; he is also a cattle rancher. From a young age, Aiden learned to shut out his feelings. He hid his true self under layers and layers of blocked emotions. Aiden wouldn’t come alive again until the day he stopped drinking. But, by then, Aiden’s business as a cattle rancher, was a successful and thriving one. So, Aiden was at a loss; because, he could no longer stomach the fact, that he was raising cattle, for slaughter.

Aiden’s life took another major turn when he fell in love with, Gwen, a single mother. Gwen’s daughter, Elizabeth, was an easy child to love, but her son, Milo, not so much. Milo had a unique ability to zero in on a person’s weakness and bait them until they reacted. Aiden found himself to the point of violence when he saw Milo hurting his dog. Aiden could feel his dog’s pain and fear, and those feelings drove Aiden almost to the point of no return. Little did Aiden know though, that he had a lot in common with Milo and that they would become each other’s teacher.

This story is absolutely beautiful. It touched my soul. Catherine Ryan Hyde has a magnificent ability to bring her characters to life. All the characters in this book are developed, but Milo and Aiden came alive for me. This book warmed my heart, made me think and feel, tear up and smile. It’s a heartfelt story with many layers. I was engrossed from the first page until the last. The Wake Up is a quality read that I highly recommend.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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To The Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey–#Book Review

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New Historical Fiction by Amelia Grey Coming 12/5/17!

 

The Duke of Hawthorne, one of the infamous Rakes of St James, was losing sleep over his sister. Adele was about to have her first season, and Hawke was anxious. There were rumors, that because Hawke had been guilty of tainting a few reputations in the past, that some ill-intentioned gentlemen were planning on paying him back. The last thing Hawke wanted, was for his sweet sister to pay for his mistakes. The Duke decided that finding a husband for his sister and securing an engagement before the season started, was the best way to protect her. Hawke declared to his sister that Paxton Quick would make the perfect husband for her. He was good-looking, even-tempered, and didn’t drink or gamble to excess. Hawke never imagined, however, that his greatest adversary would be Paxton’s sister, Loretta.

Hawke was not accustomed to people challenging his requests. As a Duke, Hawke was used to people bending to his will, not the other way around. Loretta was dead-set, against arranged marriages, and was irritated with the Duke for even suggesting one. Loretta didn’t want, her brother missing out on a love-match, just because the Duke was waving his sister’s hefty dowry in front of him.

Loretta fought her attraction to Hawke. She had vowed never to marry years ago. She couldn’t allow the handsome Duke’s confident charm, to wiggle itself, into her heart. But, the more time she spent with him; the harder it became.

To The Duke With Love is an enjoyable Regency romance. It’s the second book in The Rakes of St. James series. This book wasn’t as riveting as the first book in the series, but it was captivating, just the same. I plan on reading the third novel in this series as soon as it is available.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher-5 Shining Stars–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss This Extraordinary Novel by Kerry Fisher. The Secret Child, Coming 11/29/17. I Absolutely Loved It!

 

The Secret Child is a powerful and emotionally charged character-driven novel. The story is heartbreaking and well as touching. I didn’t want to put the book down, for even a moment. And, this superbly written story stayed with me, long after I turned the last page.

Susie counted herself lucky to be married to Danny, even though as a military man, he was gone for long stretches of time. When Danny was home, though, he was a kind, loving and devoted husband. And, that was exactly why Susie couldn’t confess her infidelity to him. To make matters worse and add to her list of sins, Susie had given her son away. So every time Susie witnessed Danny with their grandson or her friend Jeanie’s son, her gut would wrench. And each time her insides twisted with guilt, Susie withdrew more into herself.

The carefree, beautiful wife Danny had left with their daughter before deploying overseas, was not the same women he came back to. Susie had become moody, withdrawn and depressed and Danny had no idea why. He tried everything he could think of to make Susie happy, without success. Danny even left the Navy and took a factory job, which he despised, just to be home more. But, Susie’s guilt over giving away her son and now losing her daughter’s affection, was tearing her up inside and stealing the very life out of her. It would be Susie’s estranged daughter, of all people, who would be the one to step-up, comfort her mother, and help her to heal.

The Secret Child is an unforgettable, moving novel. The characters are well-developed and alive. I felt their pain, their brokenness, their trials and their forgiveness. Truly a beautiful story, so well-written that even days later, I was still thinking about it. This is an outstanding novel and one that I will read again and again. Kerry Fisher is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. I will definitely be reading her next book.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford–#Book Review

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New From Barbara Taylor Bradford! Secrets of Cavendon-Released 11/21/17

 

Secrets of Cavendon is the fourth book in the Cavendon Chronicles. This book takes place in England, shortly after WWII. I had some difficulty getting into this book, probably because I hadn’t read the prior three books in the series. Having said that, once I learned the characters well enough, and became involved in the story; the book took off and kept me captivated until the end.

The story begins with Cecily Swann Ingham the seventh Countess of Mowbray, contemplating the state of Cavendon, and the financial burden that it had become. Cecily had done her best to keep the estate afloat, even at the cost of putting her at odds with her sister-in-law, Daphne. Her sister-in-law was so distressed by the commercialization of the estate that she decided to move to Switzerland for a year. The Swann and Ingham family have been close for years, Cecily hated the fact that she might be the cause of the rift between them. She’ll have to take over Daphne’s responsibilities, of course, which will mean that she’ll have to run her London clothing store from afar. Cecily’s business was already losing money, and now it’ll probably lose more. She’ll have to keep that information to herself for the time being. Some secrets can’t be helped, just like the one her Aunt Charlotte told her about. That particular dark secret, however, will stay buried forever, or so Cecily had believed. But when a murder occurred in their family, scandalous secrets were unearthed. Can the Swann and Ingham family, survive the turmoil and heal? Will they ever have the harmonious relationship that they once enjoyed for years?

Secrets of Cavendon is an entertaining read. Fans of the series will embrace this story. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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10/31/17 #Today’s New Releases- The Christmas Cowboy Hero, The Bride Who Got Away, The Scandalous Flirt & The Right Kind of Rogue- #Book Reviews

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In Case You Missed My Reviews on Today’s Fabulous New Releases, I’ve Included the Links Below:

 

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor-5 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/08/the-bride-who-got-lucky-by-janna-macgregor-5-stars

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant-5 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/30/the-christmas-cowboy-hero-by-donna-grant-5-stars-book-review

 

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake- 5 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/04/the-scandalous-flirt-by-olivia-drake-5-stars-book-review

 

The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman- 4 Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/25/blog-tour-the-right-kind-of-rogue-by-valerie-bowman-stmartinspress-book-review

 

 

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant-5 Stars–#Book Review

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New 5-Star Christmas Romance by  Donna Grant–Coming Tomorrow!

 

I thoroughly enjoyed The Christmas Cowboy Hero. This romantic holiday tale is well-written, captivating and delightfully entertaining.

Abby Harper was only eighteen-years-old when her mother abandoned the family and left her as the sole guardian of her two younger brothers. Although the three of them didn’t have much, they survived and protected one another with a fierce and unconditional love. Abby did her best to stay calm and keep the family together, but when, Brice, one of her brothers, was arrested for stealing cattle, she lost it. Abby was barely making enough money to buy food. How would she ever make bail and pay attorney fees? But to her surprise and delight, Brice was at home, when she pulled into the driveway. Clayton East had told Brice that he wouldn’t press charges if Brice were willing to work at the East family ranch every day after school until his debt was paid. Abby knew that she’d have to guard her heart against, falling in love, with Clayton East, the handsome rancher.

Clayton never planned on coming home to manage the family’s Texas ranch, but his father’s illness and the family’s financial difficulties necessitated that he do just that. When he discovered that the family’s finances had suffered because of cattle theft, he was furious and had every intention of pressing charges against the guilty party. But, that was, before, he met Abby, one of the thieve’s sole guardian. Clayton’s heart softened when he saw the pain in Abby’s eyes and decided to have Brice work off his debt, rather than have him sitting in jail. What Clayton didn’t expect, though, was for Brice to fall in love with the ranch-life and for him to lose his heart to the bravest, kindest woman he’d ever met. Clayton knew that Brice wasn’t the only culprit in the ranch’s financial demise, and he was hoping that Brice might lead him to the person or people who had hired the teen to steal.

The East family welcomed Abby and her brothers into their home as if they’d known them for years. And, although, it felt wonderful to be part of a family, Abby was cautious; her history had taught her to be that way. Clayton was also weighted down from his past, as well. Being an ex-seal came with heavy baggage and dark secrets, the very thing, that kept Clayton from enjoying a full life.

This is not only a fabulous love story; it’s a mystery as well. The Christmas Cowboy Hero is a perfectly paced, engaging, and delightfully entertaining novel. I loved it.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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