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#Not The Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt–Review–4.5 Stars–#NetGalley

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New Exciting Historical Fiction by Elizabeth Hoyt–Coming 12/181/18

 

Not The Duke’s Darling is the first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s exciting new Greycourt Series.

Freya de Moray was not who she was portraying herself to be. She was a Wise Woman who was on a mission. Pretending to be a Lady’s companion was a vital part of her plan. Witch-hunting in England had been outlawed for some time, but a particular aristocrat was pushing to bring the practice back. Freya’s mission was to make sure that he didn’t succeed. She was also seeking revenge for her brother’s ruined life. Freya became excited when she spotted the Duke of Harlowe. Her plan was coming together perfectly. 

Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe was back in London after spending years in India. At the age of eighteen, Christopher had been sent away for disgracing the family name. But, since inheriting the Dukedom, Christopher’s lofty status had been reinstated. Normally the duke was not one to mingle, but since his blackmailer was demanding his presence at Lady Lovejoy’s house party, Christopher went. It was at this party, where he came across Freya; the most intelligent, infuriating, and beautiful woman he’d ever met. He wanted to get to know her. The problem was, however, that Freya, wanted nothing to do with him. In fact, she acted as if she hated him. 

Not The Duke’s Darling is a wonderful start to Elizabeth Hoyt’s new series. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, the dialogue, and the characters.

Thank you, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Born in New Orleans, but raised in the frigid winters of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth was fortunate to travel extensively when she was growing up and lived in St. Andrews, Scotland; Oxford England; and Kawasaki, Japan. She went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she not only earned a degree in anthropology but also met Mr. Hoyt. Some years later, after a short pause to birth and raise two children, Elizabeth realized that she really wasn’t qualified to do anything but Make up Stories and started writing.

Elizabeth now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained canines, a garden in constant need of weeding, and, of course, Mr. Hoyt.

 

 

#First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett–Review–5 stars

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First Earl I See Tonight, is a delightful well-crafted historical fiction romance, with likable characters, witty dialogue, and an intriguing plot. 

Fiona Hartley became frantic when she received a blackmail note, demanding money in exchange for silence. Her sister’s parentage was about to be exposed. That discovery would undoubtedly devastate her sister and ruin her reputation; not to mention the humiliation the entire family would suffer. It wasn’t as if Fiona didn’t have the money to pay the blackmailer; she did. Fiona just couldn’t access it, until she was married. So Fiona did the unthinkable. She proposed marriage to an aloof moody Earl, a stranger, really, who Fiona knew, was short on funds. 

David Gray, Earl of Ravenport, was curious about the marriage proposal he received. Not that he was looking for a wife, he wasn’t. Being jilted by his fiancee, Helena, fixed that for him. Helena changed her mind about marrying the Earl, the moment she stepped into his crumbling estate. Gray was sure that Fiona would do the same. But Fiona, Gray discovered, was not Helena. Fiona was warm, trusting, compassionate, and beautiful. The more time the Earl spent with Fiona, the more confusing his life became.

 First Earl I See Tonight is a humorous, entertaining romantic read. If you enjoy reading adult historical fiction romance, with a touch of mystery, this book is for you.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick–Review-4 stars

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New Crime Thriller by Amanda Quick–The Other Lady Vanishes– Coming 5/8/18!

 

The Other Lady Vanishes is the second book in the Burning Cove Series, which takes place during the 1930s in California. 

It was months before Adelaide Blade was able to escape the psychiatric hospital where her narcissistic husband had committed her to. Although Adelaide had taken precautions by relocating and changing her name, she never really felt safe. At least, not until, Jake Truett showed up, in Burning Cove, and came to her rescue. Adelaide knew that her husband would never give up searching for her. He needed to continue pilfering her inheritance. And, for that to happen, she had to be locked-up and drugged. 

For health reasons, Jake Truett was taking a break from his import/export business. So his trip to Burning Cove, California, was in part for his health; but Jake’s primary goal was to find his deceased wife’s diary. Jake knew that if the diary fell into the wrong hands, and made public, her family’s reputation would greatly suffer. Meeting Adelaide in his travels was a definite bonus to his Burning Cove visit.  

There are several interesting characters in this book, along with some surprises and twists. Although I didn’t find the story entirely realistic, I enjoyed it just the same. If you’re looking for a light mystery with a bit of romance, then The Other Lady Vanishes, just might be the book for you.

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

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

 

 

The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen–Review-5 Stars!

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The Girl I Used To Be –Coming 4/24/18

 

The Girl I Used To Be is a brilliant read, addicting, fast-paced, and unputdownable. I was hooked and transported into the story from the very first page. Once I started reading this book, I hated to have any interruptions. I was completely caught up in the story. 

Gemma Brogan worked hard at her real estate business. Her husband, Joe, was a stay at home father for their three-year-old son, Rory. Usually, Gemma didn’t mind being the only one working long hours, but when she noticed that her son, sought out his father, not her, whenever he was sick, or tired; it stung. Gemma didn’t want to say anything to Joe because they had both agreed on the arrangement. Gemma was under the impression, however, that it was only going to be a temporary thing, but Joe showed no interest in ever going back to work. 

When David, a distinguished and handsome man stepped into Gemma’s real estate office, Gemma couldn’t help but notice him. Not that she was interested. She wasn’t. Gemma loved Joe, even though she was irritated with his laziness and the fact that she was missing out on caring for her own son. Gemma was jealous of her husband and didn’t know what to do about it. 

The evening before her conference, Gemma planned to spend her hotel night, taking a relaxing bath, reading her kindle, and getting some much-needed sleep. Instead, she visited the lounge for a bit. When Gemma ran into David, the man who had captured her attention in the office, she was pleasantly surprised. So when he suggested dinner, Gemma readily agreed. What could an innocent dinner hurt? Gemma’s dinner, however, ended up being anything but innocent. In fact, it was the beginning of a never-ending nightmare. Gemma couldn’t sleep, concentrate or eat. She was in a constant state of anxiety. Gemma was about to lose everything, and she didn’t know how to stop her world from crumbling.

I was completely engrossed in this story. What a talented author Mary Torjussen is! I loved every page. This is the second book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be my last. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

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

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