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#Once A Scoundrel by Mary Jo Putney–Review-5 stars #NetGalley

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Once A Scoundrel is a captivating historical fiction novel, well-crafted with adventure, romance, and pirates. 

Gabriel Vance came from a long line of Royal Navy men and used to be the favorite grandson of a well-known military hero. But, Gabriel’s action in the heat of a battle resulted in a dishonorable discharge and a royal shunning from his grandfather.  Gabriel’s grandmother couldn’t treat her grandson as her husband did. So, to continue corresponding with his beloved grandmother, Gabriel changed his name to Gabriel Hawkins.

 Gabriel hesitated when asked to save Lady Aurora and her cousin, from a kidnapper. His own memories of being a slave were still fresh. But after seeing Lady Aurora’s picture, Gabriel couldn’t just sit back and not try to rescue her. 

Lady Aurora and Constance were mentally preparing themselves for months of slavery when Gabriel Hawkins showed up on the scene. Lady Aurora was surprised to find that her rescuer Gabriel, and kidnapper, Malek Reis were acquainted with one another. 

Gabriel was bargaining for Lady Aurora and her cousin’s freedom, when Malek accepted Gabriel’s price, under one condition. That condition, however, would bring Lady Aurora, Constance, Gabriel and his crew into more danger than she could have ever imagined. The one thing Lady Aurora knew for sure was that she was falling for the handsome sea captain and rescuer, Gabriel Hawkins.

Gabriel knew that showing Lady Aurora affection would get them both punished and possibly killed, but staying away from her was becoming more and more difficult.

Once a Scoundrel is a riveting read and one that I stayed up into the night to finish. If you enjoy historical fiction romance and a bit of adventure this book is for you.

Thank you, Kensington Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. 

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes. 

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal’s top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association. 

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she’ll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She’s delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print. 

 

 

#The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne–Review 5 stars-#NetGalley

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Lorelei Weatherstoke has been caring for animals since she was a young girl. She started taking in the sick and injured, after a broken ankle, left her crippled. Her brother Mortimer, cruel from the day he was born, often laughed at her and called her duck. But, when Lorelei was fourteen, her world changed. She spotted a boy who was barely alive and insisted that her brother and father bring him home. And although he made a miraculous recovery, he didn’t have a clue, as to who he was. So fourteen-year-old Lorelei, gave the boy a name, Ash Weatherstoke. 

Ash had every intention of removing Lorelei’s sadist brother from her life. But the day Ash planned to kill Mortimer, Ash was put in chains, and sent away. When he didn’t return home, Lorelei was devastated. Although it took Ash years to come back to Lorelei, he returned to her, as promised. The trouble was, though, Ash was no longer the boy Lorelei knew, but a ruthless, famous pirate; the Rook, aka, King of the Seas.  

The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo is an unputdownable, engrossing historical fiction romance. The story comes alive with colorful characters, realistic dialogue and an intriguing well-crafted plot.  I loved it.

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

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Kerrigan Byrne is the best selling author of THE HIGHWAYMAN, THE HUNTER, THE HIGHLANDER, THE DUKE, THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE, and coming 8/28/18 is THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

She lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington with her dream boat husband. When she’s not writing and researching, you’ll find her on the water sailing and kayaking, or on land eating, drinking, shopping, and taking the dogs to play on the beach.

Kerrigan loves to hear from her readers! To contact her or learn more about her books, please visit her sites: 

http://www.kerriganbyrne.com

 

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#The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood–Review–5 stars #NetGalley

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New Historical Fiction Romance by Lily Blackwood Coming 7/31/18–5 Stars!

 

Cull The Nameless was a fierce warrior and an honorable man, he was also a slave.

Although Cull was a King’s guard and Knighted, he never forgot where he came from, and who the man was, who freed him from a slave ship. But this man was not kind, not even a little, nor did he buy Cull out of the goodness of his heart. No, this sinister trickster, known as the Wolf, had devised a plan, so evil that he could pass for the devil himself. 

Cull The Nameless didn’t think anyone could love him, until he met Derryth MacClaren. She loved him even though he had no treasure or surname. Cull’s greatest desire was to have a family, a name, and a piece of land, that he could call his own. So when the Wolf, dangled Cull’s greatest passions before him, Cull was more than tempted. But, the plan Wolf wanted him to carry out, would destroy his relationship with Derryth, and everyone whom she loved. How could he do that?

This book kept my interest from the very first page. It’s a captivating, romantic, historical fiction tale,  well-written and engrossing. If you enjoy adult romance, historical fiction and fabulous writing you’ll love this book.

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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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Lily Blackwood lives in Texas, with her husband, their two teenagers, a devoted red golden retriever and two rascally cats. She enjoys flea markets, cooking, eating and not cleaning her house! She recently taught herself to knit and has been making a mess with yarn ever since. She loves all things historical, and finds it thrilling to imagine a time period where each day held very real dangers, and true love stories and happily-ever-afters were precious and rare. Lily loves to hear from readers! She invites you to visit her website at http://www.lilyblackwood.com

Lily is also the RITA Nominated author of Regency romances, Lily Dalton.

 

*Glory Over Everything* by Kathleen Grissom*5-Stars

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Glory Over Everything is the sequel to Kathleen Grissom’s debut novel, The Kitchen House; and it is every bit as riveting as her first book.

Glory Over Everything follows the story of Jamie Pyke, a secondary character in The Kitchen House. Jamie grew up as a privileged white boy until the truth of his parentage, came to light. His father, a cruel and abusive man, bound Jamie to the slaves, headed for the auction block. Jamie escaped, though, and ran for his life. Henry, a runaway slave himself, helped the confused and frightened, thirteen-year-old boy. He taught Jamie how to survive in the woods and eventually pushed the boy to establish himself in Philadelphia. Jamie became a silversmith apprentice and was later adopted by his employer and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Burton.

Twenty years after his escape, Jamie, now known as, James Burton, was a successful silversmith and artist. Henry, shows up in Jamie’s life once again, only, this time, to ask for help. Henry pleaded with Jamie to take on his son, Pan, as a servant. Pan is a lovable character who quickly became my favorite. My heart broke, though, when Pan wandered down to the docks because I knew what was about to happen to him.

The story really takes off when Henry approaches Jamie’s back door, asking for his help, only this time, it was to find his missing son. Jamie, petrified of traveling into the South, tried to wiggle his way out of being the person to look for Pan. He was sure that the old overseer, Rankin, was still after him. And, if he were to be recognized in the South, Jamie had no doubt that he would be tried for murder as a black man, and would hang.

Kathleen Grissom’s writing is intense, vivid, and captivating. I felt part of the story, following Jamie, his loyal servant Robert, Pan, and dear brave Sukey through their horrid trials. Kathleen Grissom has become one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait for her next book. I hope it follows Pan’s or Robert’s life. Highly recommended.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Kitchen House*by Kathleen Grissom*5-Stars

The kitchen house is a beautifully written, powerful and moving novel.

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This emotional and heart-wrenching story is told from two viewpoints, Lavinia, an Irish indentured servant, and her adoptive mother, a black slave. The Kitchen House takes place in Virginia, on Tall Oaks Plantation, during the late1700s and early1800’s.

Lavinia was only seven-years-old when she was bought by Captain Pike. Her parents had died during the voyage to America from Ireland on one of his ships. Captain Pike placed the traumatized child in the care of his secret daughter, Belle, one of his Kitchen House black slaves. Lavinia quickly grew to love her new adopted family. It wasn’t until ten years later that she would realize what it truly meant to be owned, black, and working, in the fields of a rich man’s plantation.

Captain Pike, was not an evil slave master, but his overseer was. Captain Pike was rarely home, so he didn’t have a true picture of what was happening on his plantation. If he did, he would have stopped the inhuman treatment of his slaves by the overseer. And he certainly would have never allowed his son Marshall to be taken advantage of and abused by the tutor he hired. But Captain Pike wasn’t around, and these things did occur.

At age seventeen, Lavinia was freed from her indentured servanthood. She quickly married into the family and became the mistress of Tall Oaks Plantation. Her goal was to make a better life for the slaves. She had always treated them like family. Unfortunately, as a mistress, she was no longer permitted to treat black slaves as equals. Any kindnesses she showed towards them were swiftly met with a harsh beating from her husband. The slaves of Tall Oaks didn’t abandon Lavinia during this dark period of her life. They stood by her until she was no longer just a beaten down shell of a person.

The kitchen house is not for the faint-hearted. Each page is filled with raw emotion, as it portrays for the reader, a realistic view of slavery, in all of its hateful, brutal ugliness.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

Five-Star-Sempre- by J.M. Darhower

SempreSempre is the first book in J.M. Darhower’s Forever Series. This is a well crafted emotionally charged thriller that kept me flipping the pages. Mafia families are at war; human trafficking is an organized crime competitive business, and slavery, unfortunately, is a reality. If crime stories full of betrayal, deceit, love and sacrifice is your passion then Sempre is the book for you.
The story begins with Haven, a runaway slave, being captured, and sold to Dr. Vincent Demarco, a mafia consiglieri. As consiglieri, Vincent has to fly to Chicago often and meet with the Head of the Italian Mafia. Much to Vincent’s dismay this head of the mafia family is the Godfather to his son Carmine and has declared to everyone that Carmine would become a Mafia Prince at age eighteen. Vincent hopes that Carmine declines his Godfather’s offer because if he doesn’t, there will be no leaving the family business alive for him.
Carmine is a brazen, spoiled seventeen-year-old male with a crass mouth which he allows to rip whenever the mood strikes him. He’s a womanizer and treats women with disrespect. Carmine has every intention of joining the family mafia business until a slave-girl enters his life and turns it upside down.
I love it when I discover a new talented author. J.M. Darhower is a fantastic story-teller and a razor sharp writer who captures the essence of raw emotions that can stir and move a reader. All of her characters are well developed and realistic. I even love Carmine the selfish, brazen teenager. You will too; just wait and see.
I highly recommend giving Sempre a read, it’s just too good not to.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover