Spotlight + Giveaway: ONE ROGUE AT A TIME by Jade Lee

The second in Jade Lee’s hilarious Rakes and Rogues series, ONE ROGUE AT A TIME, releases this December!

To celebrate, we’re organizing an “Would You Rather” spotlight tour from November 23rd to December 18th. Each participating blog will receive an exclusive “Would You Rather” question and answer from Jade, and a non-exclusive excerpt!

So Jaded, Would you rather be without eyes or ears?

This is a hard one. I think I’d rather be deaf. My sister is deaf and I’ve got some basic understanding of sign language. And though I’d miss music, I can always read books and subtitles. But honestly, can I pick that I’d rather be without a pet? That’s really hard for me, though less today since my cat just brought me a dead shrew as a present…


In this excerpt our heroine (nicknamed Bluebell) is angling for our hero to take her to London where she can meet her father for the first time. She’s bargained for speaking lessons, and now she’s bartering for a ride to London. But she isn’t prepared for the price he demands.

“You want me to take you to Oxfordshire and then on to London,” Bram accused. “You want me to dress up this fine carriage and let you appear before your relations like a fine lady. You’ve been planning that from the moment you met me.”
“Ooo, an’ me a simple maid from ’Ull. Wot makes ye think I could muster all that?” She exaggerated her accent such that his back molars ground together in disgust.
“Admit it. That’s what you want.”
She lifted her chin. “And what if I do? You’re free t’ say no.”
“There. Fine. Ye’ve said it. But I can pay—”
He grabbed her chin, pulling it—and her—toward him. Part of him thrilled at finally touching her pristine skin. Part of him watched how her eyes widened and the pupils darkened, her mouth slipping open on a gasp. Was she afraid of him? Yes. Obviously. And he tried to care. He tried to tell himself that he didn’t want to punish her for crimes she hadn’t committed. But she was a schemer just like the others, and so he damned her all the same.
“I will take you to London,” he said, his voice low, his breath hot.
She didn’t answer, and he didn’t care.
“But there’s only one payment I’ll take.”
“No,” she whispered. “I’m a lady.”
“Say it all you like, Miss Bluebell, but I know the truth.”
She swallowed, trying to pull herself back, but she was still sitting on the barrel, so she had nowhere to run. She stilled and her eyes narrowed.
“Wot truth? That I want to go to London? That I want proof o’ my father? Or that you’re nothing but a man with ruttin—”
He kissed her. He wasn’t slow, and he wasn’t remotely gentle. And the fact that she was completely untutored in the way of kissing infuriated him even more. She was a lie. She deserved all the pain he could give her. She was…
She was an innocent, and he had to soften. He had to become gentle with her, and so he did. He didn’t want to, contradictory beast that he was. He liked his anger. Stoked it to a hot flame, but not against her.
So he softened. He gentled.
Where before he had simply wrenched her mouth to his, he now petted her chin. And though he had forced his tongue into her, he eased his penetration. He teased her and then pulled back.
“You are a lie,” he said to her panting chest.
“You are a brute,” she answered, anger vibrating out of her.
“Yes, and worse. I’m a bastard.”
“You’re not even ashamed.”
Oh, he was. He was riddled with shame, but he wouldn’t let her see it. She had to know the truth about him before she tried to play her games. “I’ll take you wherever you want to go, Miss Bluebell. But I’ll be taking you as I do it.”
He felt the impact of his words on her body. She shuddered, but she also licked her lips. Part of her wanted him, brute though he was.
“I am a lady.”
“Ladies spread their legs for me all the time.”
“Not me.”
“Then I’ll not take you anywhere.”
He felt her accept the truth of his words. Her body bowed, and her shoulders drooped. But when she spoke, her voice was strong with conviction.
“I don’t need you to take me. I’ve coin eno’. The mail coach goes to Oxfordshire and London.”
“You’ll be prey to every bloke who sees you.”
She finally jerked her chin away from the stroke of his fingers. “’At’s been true since I first started filling out a dress.” And then before he could anticipate her move, before it even registered that he was in danger, she lifted her knee.
How she’d maneuvered it so perfectly, he didn’t know. But one moment he was hard as a rock, still thinking of ways he could make her willing. The next there was a blinding flash of white-hot pain, and he was crumpled onto the ground.
He couldn’t breathe. He couldn’t think. He just knew pain. And one word:



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One Rogue at a Time
(Rakes and Rogues, #2)
 by Jade Lee
Pubdate: December 1st, 2015


USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee continues her saucy, vibrant Rakes and Rogues Regency romance series with a high-society outsider who may have met his match…


As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He’s carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose… and he’s exactly what Maybelle “Bluebell” Ballenger needs.


Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she’s hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle’s love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.


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USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee has been crafting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ballgowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than 40 romance novels and winner of dozens of reader awards, she brings laughter into the sexy nights of England’s elite. Quirky characters and sexy banter are her hallmarks. Find out more at her website, or check out her wild contemporary half at

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Book Tour + Reviews: Ella by Virginia Taylor and An Unexpected Wish by Eileen Richards

Ella and An Unexpected Wish

Welcome to this Double the Historical Romance book tour of two new books!

Both these authors are new to me and I’m excited to be sharing their releases with you and hope you have found yourself a new-to you author too.

(South Landers #2)
Virginia Taylor
Releases Date: October 13, 2015


Ella Beaufort knew better than to rely on a sexy stranger. But with two sisters to support on the modest earnings of the family sheep station, she accepts shearer Cal Lynton’s help—along with his intoxicating kiss. The most Ella can hope for is an affair. Something a woman in her situation wouldn’t dare—or would she?

Heir to his family fortune, Charlton Alfred Landon Lynton abandoned his privileged life to prove his independence. He doesn’t have time for a woman, but once he woos the lovely Ella into his bed, he is ready to make her his wife…until she shocks him with her refusal, claiming she can only marry a rich man! Angry and brokenhearted, the heir in disguise leaves the beautiful golddigger behind…

But amid the breathtaking landscape of South Australia, Ella and Cal are destined to meet again. Will their heated reunion lead to cruel confrontation—or the kind of passion that lasts a lifetime?

Be sure not to miss the first book in Virginia Taylor’s South Landers series!


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About the Author:

Virginia Taylor is an Australian writer of contemporary romantic comedy, romantic suspense, historical romance, short stories, and children’s stories.

After a stint at the South Australian School of Art, I worked for an advertising agency,  re-trained as a nurse/midwife, and then married the man of my dreams. Two children later, I began writing romance. While awaiting publication, I painted and designed various theatre sets with a fellow School of Art graduate.

In 2013 I sold my first novel-length story.

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An Unexpected WishAn Unexpected Wish
(A Lady’s Wish #1)
Eileen Richards
Released Date: October 27, 2015


Love Is In The Air

Anne Townsend doesn’t ask for much. Plain and poor, she’d settle for the funds to put food on the table. Making a wish on the fabled Fairy Steps is hardly a solid solution, but to see her two sisters taken care of, Anne’s willing to try anything. Yet when she finds herself suddenly surrounded with suitors, romance is now a possibility for the spinster everyone always ignored—except with the one man who will never want her…

Nathaniel Matthews has no time for courting. As the eldest, he has his family’s lost fortune to rebuild, and his reckless brother to manage before he gambles his future away. Odd that Nathaniel can think of little but kissing bright-eyed Anne, who seems to be fighting off admirers from all sides. Is it the country air, or is Nathaniel ready to discover that love has a magic all its own?


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Eileen Richards has been writing for most of her life. Poetry, totally inappropriate answers to essay questions in school, and interesting error codes during her 30 year IT career has prepared for the manic world of publishing.

She writes sassy regency romps set in the small villages of England where the rules are bent a bit and gossip rules the day.

Eileen resides with her husband and their diva of a greyhound in North Carolina.

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I liked that both these stories has heroines that are fending for themselves in a world full of men doing all that they can to survive and doing it with the responsibilities of protecting their siblings, in this case younger sisters in the process. It shows true courage, bravery, independence, strong will, and determination with the lack of protection of a man. Of course a simple gentleman comes along and wreck havoc upon them in the process while helping them at the same time along with falling in love but, all is good in the name of love.


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This was a great debut from Eileen and I can’t wait to read more from her.

I have to say that both these characters were very likeable and though I got very annoyed by Anne and her resistance to Nathaniel’s pursuit and belief in wishes, she was definitely still likeable.

Nathaniel I definitely adored because he caught on very quickly on to his feelings although they weren’t evident on where it was heading in the beginning, I definitely liked that he knew or acknowledged that he liked Anne and was intrigued with her very early on. He is very honorable and though he started out with revenge on his mind it quickly dissipated once the romance came into play. Sad because I definitely wanted to know more about his past and his family, but most shocking that he never told Anne about it (it would have been nice if he did, I kind of thought that was the whole point of the story). But I loved how patient he was with Anne and how much he could take from her! OMG I would have just left her hanging with how stubborn she was, but gosh he’s a God for managing it. I also loved reading his POV. Getting inside his head and seeing how he saw and thought about things definitely attracted me to him more. He was definitely a better character and had more depth. Sadly we didn’t get to know more of him.

Anne I liked for her strong spirit, independence, courage (though very questionable towards the end), and love for her family (despite their neediness and annoyance). So yes I liked Anne but she just lost me once she started finding her feelings for Nathaniel. She just became a totally different person from who I knew she was and from what her sisters were saying about her. Yes I loved her stubbornness  but she became very strangle worthy and childish. Though she still held that strong controlled determination (sometimes for dumbest the reasons: crazy magic wishes), she just wasn’t that brave hold-your-head-up-high through rumors and gossips girl anymore. She became the opposite of what she was supposed to be. I was kind of disappointed. Though I understood her insecurities from the comparisons between her and her beautiful sisters, I just thought she would be more grown up in a sense. I also wanted to know more about her mother because it came up often between Nathaniel and his grandmother, Lady Danford.

The secondary characters added flavour the the story. Anne’s sister Sophia definitely got on my nerves and needed a pounding but she changed for the better halfway through. Sir John was horrible but he too got better at the end, but barely. And Juliet, she was the youngest sibling but I definitely adored her bookish self. Tony, Nathaniel’s brother, proved to be a work in progress, which we’ll see in the next book but from its synopsis, definitely got himself into trouble. Lady Danford is a smart and loving elder with wisdom and knowledge abound.

The story over all was good. The mystery, unexpected; it gave it some action but I thought it wasn’t necessary. The story would have been fine or even better if the mystery wasn’t there. If it was all just about the hero with a revenge idea who falls for the daughter of the father he’s trying to get revenge on and fighting their attraction and opening up to haunted pasts from both sides, I would have been all game for it (which I thought was all about), it would have made for the story so sound like any other revenge driven plotline but, I guess. I liked it still though. The magic was super cute. I love a story surrounded by a wishing stair which will grant you a wish if climbed properly. But I definitely love the romance and how it came about. The banter and wittiness of Anne and Nathaniel’s acquaintance was perfectly executed and hilarious.  Every bit of it had me wanting more and giggling and laughing with and at them.

However, I felt like this  lack a lot of potential to be a great story. It had lots of missing holes and plots to the story leaving the readers confused or asking many questions to some raised points in the story. Like, why did Tony felt the urge to “pursue” Anne? What really happened to Anne’s Mother? Nathaniel’s father? Why John kicked Anne and her sisters out, really? Just a few big ones to name.

But yes, this was a great story and I do recommend it for a quick sweet romance read.



I was super surprise to see an Aussie Historical. Not to say that I haven’t read any, but it has been awhile since I had read it set in the Oz. I absolutely felt giddy because some of the cities I knew, well, know of from friends who lives in Australia so that was super nice. But this is the second book in the series and my first read of Taylor’s novel.

Anyways, this was a great story. I wasn’t as captivated in this as I thought I would but I enjoyed seeing a lady hold a farm and doing it all on her own with no knowledge of doing it. Not just that but to also fending for herself and her sisters showed true determination and bravery.

Ella was super determined and stubborn. She needs funds but not for herself, it’s to support her sisters. She’s independent and won’t give in to anything. Cal has a secret and is working on a farm as a handler. He’s a quiet soul but determined to not lose to show a point that he can be simple and do for little. A misunderstandings parts them on bad terms and changes how they see each other but things get rocky once they meet again.

I adored Cal because he’s that quiet hero that I adore so much and seeing how patient he is was everything. Her had a lot on him from his family and so that made it hard on him especially when Ella came along. She was as determined but at the same time different and opposite him in status and person. Yet both were very much alike in pride, determination, stubbornness, and feels. They banter like hell but it was enjoyable to see and hilarious.

Their love was much more treacherous because of what they had to go through to get to their HEA but well worth it amidst the exotic land of the Oz.

**I’ll re-edit as more thoughts comes to mind, it takes a couple of days for all my feels to relax and I can think clearly for a better review.

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What the Marquess Sees-Pre Order

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All right, ladies and gents… Pre Order links for What the Marquess Sees are starting to come online now… I’ll be updating the links as the book becomes available. Amazon is already up.


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Blog Blitz for THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN by Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean has started a brand new historical romance series, and we are so, so, SO excited about it!

Book 1 of Scandal and Scoundrel is THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN, on-sale 12/29/2015, and it features a *very* eventful road trip from London, England, to Scotland. During this Blog Blitz many participating blogs are sharing  fun tidbits about each stop the couple takes along the road to romance, straight from Sarah herself.

-Map of the Road that actually was taken in THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN

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Stop #7: “Lyne Castle”

Sarah MacLean:

The Country seat of the Dukes of Lyne, Lyne Castle is the childhood home of Kingscote, Marquess of Eversley, who left home at eighteen after a terrible tragedy and never returned. Summoned home by his ailing father, King finally returns–with the unexpected addition of Lady Sophie Talbot, irritating and somehow irresistible. The estate boasts one of the most complicated labyrinths in Britain…where King and Sophie find solace, and heartbreak, and each other.

–Scene Excerpt–

Sophie would want love. She’d want it pure and unfettered, given freely, along with all its trappings. She’d want the marriage and children and happiness and promise that came with it.

King could see it, the life she wanted. The line of little girls, blue-eyed and brown-haired, in love with books and strawberry tarts. For a moment, he imagined them smiling at him the way their mother did, filled with happiness and hope.

For a moment, he let himself believe he might be able to give it to her.

But she would want love, and he would never be able to give it.

He didn’t have it to give anymore. And those children, they would never be his.

He set her down on the edge of the fountain, coming to his knees, as though she was Ariadne and he the Minotaur, worshipping at her feet, adoring her even as he knew she could not survive in the labyrinth, and he could not survive beyond it.

Tell me about last night,” he said softly, looking up at her, his hands at the hem of her skirts.

What—” She caught her breath as his fingers explored the skin of her ankles. “What about it?”

I hated it,” he said. “I hated stopping.”

She pressed her lips into a thin, straight line. “I hated that you stopped.”

His hands were beneath her skirts, pushing them back, farther and farther, up and over her knees. He pressed his lips to the inside of her knee, swirling his tongue there, loving the little gasp of surprised pleasure that came at the touch.

I hate that I will have to stop today, as well.”



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(Scandal and Scoundrel #1)

by Sarah MacLean

Release Date: 12/29/2015

Lady Sophie’s Society Splash
When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!
Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?
He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:[1]A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances, and the author of a monthly column at The Washington Post celebrating the best of the romance genre. She lives in New York City. Visit her at

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Release Tour + Review: Dante’s Gift by Aubrey Wynne

Happy Veterans Day!!!!
Today is a review of a WWII solider’s bride as she tells the love story of how she and her soldier fell in love in the midst of war.

945680573-20150924-220618657Dante’s Gift

by Aubrey Wynne
Released: Nov. 6, 2015
Publisher: Plato Publishing
Contemporary Vintage Romance


Kathleen James is far too practical for her own good. But on the most important night of her life, she gives way to romance and prepares for an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams—and an engagement ring. Unfortunately, the evening doesn’t end the way she envisioned.

Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong—until his Nonna calls from Italy. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie’s life with the news that another woman will be under their roof.

When Antonia’s sister dies, she finds herself longing to be back in the States. Nonna, a wartime bride from the ‘40s, knows how precious love can be. Can her own love story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?


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This was definitely a heartwarming read and for a short, it was well done. It was unique, easy to follow and well written.

This story is about a grandson’s love for his grandmother and his love to want to bring her home to live with him and his future wife. As an only child he received lots of love from his family, and now as an adult and orphaned, he wants to give it back to his aging grandmother by caring for her as she did for him. But through the stories of her past; the Love story of her youth with his grandfather, it will shed some light onto his own relationship and the help of an old friend, Dante the collie.

I loved that there’s two different story told in this one book and how it complemented each other. Not just that but it helped moved one story forward as one is being told.

The back tracking and reminisces of the past through the Love story of Antonia and Ken was lovely. The intertwining of their love story worked perfectly, which I found shockingly surprising for a short. It felt like it was longer because of it. The love story between Antonia and Ken was definitely the story of the book and was the stronger of the two because it also helped moved Dom’s story along.

I loved reading Antonia’s love story and seeing how different life was when she was younger. It was definitely sweet and charming. Theirs was true love and getting there wasn’t easy, much more hilarious but it made for a perfect match. It made me think of my grandma and all her stories as a youth being courted and stuff so this definitely was part of the story that I enjoyed reading.

At the beginning of each chapter there are quotes and I loved all the little quotes. It foreshadowed, in my opinion, what’s to come or will happen. It gives the mind something to think about as you start reading a new chapter and follow the lives of the characters.

I personally loved the Albert Einstein quote, “When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.”

This just made me think about where the relationship between Dom and Katie will go but also how it’ll develop for Antonia and Ken when they first meet.

Something I had trouble with was understanding Katie and her points on her relationship with Dom and potentially Antonia. I just didn’t care for her and she was not a likable character, at the beginning. Okay, that was the beginning you say, but still it stuck and I just couldn’t shake it. That being said, the other thing I had trouble with was the beginning. That was definitely not how I would had liked to start with because I was lost and didn’t know if I missed a whole chapter or what but all I knew was that Katie definitely turned me off in that first meet and Dom totally had me. Katie just didn’t make sense and her “problems” just wasn’t rational. She was just being selfish. It’s our first meet and I shouldn’t have judged her but it’s what it is, she was selfish of her relationship and assumed Italian elders weren’t nice at all.

As for Dom, I adored him. He is perfect and so sweet and loves his grandmother! Who doesn’t want that. Aubrey can definitely write a great lovable man. However, in this, I wanted to know more about him and had this huge tug pulling me to need to get to know him better, like in a different story or something that wasn’t this one. It’s like, he needs his own story! Told from scratch and unravel!

Okay I’m totally off topic but, anyway, I did enjoy this short story and it definitely touched me in time for the season. All about Family~

Absolutely sweet and heartwarming. Looking to see what Aubrey has next.

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Release Day: Dante’s Gift by Aubrey Wynne

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It’s release day for Aubrey Wynn’s Dante’s Gift.

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Dante’s Gift

Plato Publishing

Contemporary/Vintage Romance 


Kathleen James has put her practical side away for once and looks forward to the perfect romantic evening: an intimate dinner with the man of her dreams—and an engagement ring. She is not prepared to hear that he wants to bring his grandmother back from Italy to live with him.

Dominic Lawrence has planned this marriage proposal for six months. Nothing can go wrong—until his Nonna calls. Now he must interrupt the tenderest night of Katie’s life with the news that another woman will be under their roof.

When Antonia’s sister dies, she finds herself longing to be back in the States. An Italian wartime bride from the ‘40s, she knows how precious love can be. Can her own story of an American soldier and a very special collie once again bring two hearts together at Christmas?Dante’s Gift has two settings. The contemporary…

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The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr


imageThe Devious Dr. Jekyll
by Viola Carr
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager


Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde.

Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.

It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness—or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.

As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.


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Viola Carr was born in Australia, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat. She loves history, and pops down to London’s many historical sites whenever she gets the chance.  She likes steampunk, and thought it would be cool to investigate wacky crimes with crazy gadgets…just so long as her heroine was the creator of said wacky gadgets: a tinkerer, edgy, with a dash of mad scientist. Readers can follow her on twitter at @viola_carr  and online at

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This is the second installment in the Electric Empire series and I will definitely have to checkout the first book to get my head around it.

Not saying that it’s bad because it has all the elements of what I love in my readings: Victorian England, steampunk, murder mystery, investigation,
some romance, and some paranormal elements. So it was great and definitely caught my attention.

The story started off slowly but it still kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages. The mystery was okay, I feel like it needed more but it was a good amount. There were lots of stress going on between the two girls. This was why the mystery was lacking. There were more arguing thanks solving crimes. But the ending did leave me at a good end. These two were finally getting their things together, so I suppose it will have to be the 3rd book?

But I did love the voices that Carr gave both girls and showed how different they were from another. It was also very interesting that these two characters, Eliza and Lizzie, live within one body. Of course it made it difficult for both of them because of their own opinions and choices but most definitely in the realm of a relationship.

Though one, Eliza, has to decide if she wants to marry the charming Remy yet is intrigued by a killer, the other, Lizzie, see him as an enemy. This makes it difficult for them because it involves both their lives. And plus, he’s a werewolf. A charming werewolf.

I liked that both these girls has their flaws and makes mistakes. Lizzie is more of the out of control bad girl with a loose tongue, while Eliza, being the physician and investigator, is the more rational and noble one. Their choices and decisions on how they do and act are what truly separate the two from each other, which I thought was written magnificently. It’s like you weren’t sure if both were the same or not until you see their way of thinking about certain things and the way they decide to deal with those problems or situations. It makes one feels like they have multiple personality disorder, which I highly think they do but then again, it’s what makes it paranormal if there really is two souls living in one body.

Sine I’m a romance reader I was sad that there isn’t a really strong story in the romance category. Meaning that the romance wasn’t all there between Eliza and Remy, which I would so love for more but it was good in showing the confusion of “if” she should accept his marriage proposal or not. She definitely felt to me like she didn’t care for him besides the fact that he can bring her cases to solve so he didn’t feel like a romantic partner to her. And his character can be questionable too, at least from what I’m getting from this book. It may be different in the first book since I haven’t read it.

But this definitely reminded me of another book with this same theme, element, plot, story, whatever it made me feel, it definitely gave me a similar vibe to Tarnished by Karina Cooper. It’s one of my favorites so I believe that’s what attracted me to Dr. Jekyll. It’s also a Victorian Steampunk with a good amount of romance and mystery, plus some paranormal elements. So if you like this, Tarnished will be a great read. Very dark and tense just like this but definitely darker.

Anyways, I definitely enjoyed this and it was definitely not what I was expecting so that’s a good thing I suppose. I’ll have to checkout book one and see what I missed and probably look forward to the next book in the series.

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Review: Ryker by Cheryl Douglas


(Steele Brothers #1)
by Cheryl Douglas
Contemporary Romance


Mackenzie Steele assumed she’d be with her husband forever. He was her best friend, the father of her children. But when weeks turned into months without intimacy, she realized she was too young to feel so old. She wanted to feel desirable again, to find the woman Ryker had fallen in love with twenty years ago. And there was only one way she knew how to do that… by asking him to move out.

Ryker was blindsided when his wife told him she wanted to separate. He knew they’d hit a roughpatch, but he’d never allowed himself to imagine his life without her. Now he had no choice. Shewas happy without him, living life on her own terms, and he knew if he didn’t find a place for himself in her new life, it would be too late to save his marriage.



Curling up on the couch with Mac again, enjoying a cold beer while she sipped wine, reminded me of the best years of my life, when we used to talk until the sun came up about anything and everything. But mostly about our dreams for the future. All of those dreams had come true, but I never imagined we wouldn’t be together to enjoy the rewards of our labor.

It pained me to see her looking so gorgeous, yet knowing I couldn’t take her to bed to remind her that she was still the most beautiful woman I’d ever laid eyes on. I would give anything, everything, I owned to make love to her one more time. To tell her that I loved her, would always love her because she was the reason I was still here, living such a blessed life, with a thriving business and two sons any man would be proud of. The only thing missing was her, and that left a gaping hole nothing and no one else could fill.

Why do you still wear this?” she asked, reaching for my left hand. She slid her finger over the narrow gold band.

I’m still a married man.” I said it as though it should have been obvious. “I told you I’d never take it off, and I never intend to.” My eyes fell to her left hand. I noticed she’d taken her rings off weeks ago. Seeing her hand bare after so many years of having my ring on it gutted me.

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AuthorPhoto_RykerWhen one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back!
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber.

It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’

I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me.

When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that.

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This is my first Cheryl Douglas novel and I thought it was amazing for a start in a new series.

I haven’t read many older already married romances, besides murder mysteries with a touch of romance, but this was truly a fresh story.

I loved seeing the trial of how happily ever after doesn’t always look that way and that love can still bloom after so many years. Of course there are trials and tough stops along the way but that’s how life goes, right?

But I definitely adore this couple. They show how a marriage isn’t always perfect and that sometimes you have to take another look at the relationship for it to grow again. Second chances always gets me and seeing Ryker romance his wife was sweet and sexy. Ryker was a biker before he met and fell in love with Mac and from there he built a business to prove himself worthy of her and that’s what he’s been doing ever since, which is how their relationship got to where they are now, at a halt. But he loves his wife whole heartedly and is just doing his best to keep everything going and strong.  And he wasn’t going to let his wife walk away from him and into another man’s arms if it killed him. I liked that Mackenzie took it upon herself to give Ryker the doe on how their status has changed and rebuilt herself. Over the past couple of months and maybe years she felt like she had become unattractive to Ryker; he had kept himself ripped and in shape all those years while she gained some weight from motherhood and just being a woman. From the separate she gained more confidence in herself and started going out and dating which made her feel attractive as men did notice her. But one thing she wasn’t sure was how to deal with Ryker as he began to romance her.

The only problem I had with this was Mackenzie contemplating getting back together with her husband or calling it quits. I’m super glad it was the former but still I just couldn’t believe she would even contemplate that with Ryker. But I loved that both didn’t cheat or want other people other than their significant other and that Ryker was committed to working on their marriage. I also loved that Ryker was jealous whenever another man flirted with Mackenzie, it just shows how much he wants her and how much more he was willing to fight for her love, again.

Ryker’s brothers…..I’m not sure what to think besides the fact that their own relationship will be coming and we get to see how they will have to deal with its troubles.


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Some Releases!!!!

irresistible rogue

The Irresistible Rogue

(Playful Brides #4)

by Valerie Bowman

Lady Daphne Swift comes from a family with two brothers who have proudly served the Crown. She may be a female, but she’s willing to do whatever it takes to prove that she’s as useful to the war effort as her brothers. She even went so far as to secretly marry a spy. The fact that she just happened to have been pining for Captain Rafe Cavendish for years didn’t hurt matters. But after their first mission, when she realized their marriage had been strictly business, Daphne immediately wanted an annulment. The fiery Daphne has always been a multi-tasker and now she’s hell bent on two things: finding the men who killed her brother and securing her engagement to another man to forget about Rafe forever.


As a spy for the War Office, Captain Rafferty Cavendish has been on dozens of missions. But one mission haunts him, the mission that resulted in the death of Daphne Swift’s eldest brother, Donald. Rafe agreed to work with Daphne once and put her life in danger. Now he must find the men who killed Donald, avenge the family, and convince Daphne to give him one more chance. But Daphne’s enlisted her other older brother, Julian, to help her get a quick and quiet annulment so that she can marry a fop who only wants her for her title and money. Can Rafe convince Daphne to give him one more chance, on the mission and with her heart?


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Bella and the Beast (Cinderella Sisterhood, #4)

Bella and the Beast

(Cinderella Sisterhood #4)

by Olivia Drake

Bella Jones’ father, Sir Seymour Jones, was an explorer/adventurer who revealed to her on his deathbed that the late Duke of Aylwin, whom he helped inquire antiquities in Egypt, had promised him half of a pharaoh’s treasure. However, Bella must find the map to the hidden trove to prevent her and her brother and sister from living in poverty.

Bella takes a job as a curator working for the late duke’s son to help him catalogue his father’s artifacts in London. She doesn’t reveal who she is or what her motives are, but when the attraction between them because impossible to ignore, the issue of the hidden treasure becomes a more complicated secret than either of them could ever imagine.


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A Wicked Way to Win an Earl (Sutherland Scandals, #1)

A Wicked Way to Win an Earl

(Sutherland Scandals #1)

by Anna Bradley

A tantalizing new Regency romance filled with the most elegant society—and the most forbidden desires…

England, 1811. Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family’s scandalous past and join high society. Unwilling to upset her sister, Delia reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the Sutherland estate—and avoid the gossip at all costs.

Alec Sutherland is known as a hot-headed scoundrel, but nothing gets a rise out of him as much as the news that his brother desires Delia’s hand in marriage. She is, after all, the daughter of the London belle who soiled their family name. He’s determined to ruin her reputation as well, in the most delicious way possible. It’s only a matter of time before he can woo her with his irresistible advances.

As Delia devilishly plays along in Alec’s game, determined to prove the joke is on him, they inch ever closer to repeating history. And in this game of seductive glances, scandalous whispers, and old debts, the outcome might be much more than either of them anticipated…


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A Talent for Trickery (The Thief-takers, #1)

A Talent for Trickery

(The Thief-takers #1)

by Alissa Johnson

The Lady is a Thief

Years ago, Owen Renderwell earned acclaim—and a title—for the dashing rescue of a kidnapped duchess. But only a select few knew that Scotland Yard’s most famous detective was working alongside London’s most infamous thief…and his criminally brilliant daughter, Charlotte Walker.

Lottie was like no other woman in Victorian England. She challenged him. She dazzled him. She questioned everything he believed and everything he was, and he has never wanted anyone more. And then he lost her.

Now a private detective on the trail of a murderer, Owen has stormed back into Lottie’s life. She knows that no matter what they may pretend, he will always be a man of the law and she a criminal. Yet whenever he’s near, Owen has a way of making things complicated…and long for a future that can never be theirs.


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Daniel's True Desire (True Gentlemen, #2)

Daniel’s True Desire

(True Gentlemen #2)

by Grace Burrowes

Daniel Banks is a man of the cloth whose vocation is the last comfort he has left–and even his churchman’s collar is beginning to feel like a noose. In an attempt to start his life over, Daniel accepts the post of vicar in Haddondale, a position supported by the Earl of Haddonfield. There Daniel meets Lady Kirsten Haddonfield, to whom life has also dealt multiple unkind blows.

Daniel’s interest is piqued by Kirsten’s unsentimental attitude toward her misfortunes, and by the kind-heartedness the lady keeps well hidden. Kirsten is much taken with Mr. Banks and his genuine compassion for others, despite his own troubles. When Providence intervenes, and Daniel and Kirsten can become engaged, their happiness seems complete…. though every garden has at least one nasty, sly, determined serpent.


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Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, a steamy historical romance that offers a glass slipper, a dangerous deception, and an impoverished beauty determined to find her handsome prince…and make him pay.

Born into wealth, Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury, their father’s prestigious theater frequented by royalty and aristocracy alike. And Sabine dreamed of her own Prince Charming—the devastatingly handsome Jules de Moutier.

That was before the loss of her sister and her family’s fall from grace—a disaster Sabine blames on the Moutier family. Now, with her father’s death, she’s inherited his sizable debt and the responsibility of caring for his spoiled long-time mistress and her two wastrel daughters. But with the help of Sabine’s eccentric friends—the balance of her father’s acting troupe—she plans to get very close to her old infatuation, seduce the rake—and make away with a fortune.

Resisting Jules’s skillful mouth and tantalizing touch is not as easy as Sabine supposed. And soon she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince…


The Sport of Baronet
(Romance of the Turf book 0.5)

The lives of Sir Bartlett Crosby and Hannah Chandler have been marked by fierce competition between their elite families…the perfect breeding ground for a mutual attraction neither can deny.

Bart hopes to conquer “the turf” through victory in a much-touted match. Should his heavily-favored colt win, the Crosby reputation and fortunes would be revived. Bart’s plan seems poised for success until the lovely Hannah Chandler, daughter of a noted rival trainer, turns up claiming ownership of the colt. When Hannah insists on claiming her purchase, the prize colt disappears from Bart’s stable. Theft or treachery? As Hannah and Bart rush to solve the mystery before race time, they uncover a scandalous truth about their families’ pasts-a truth that has the potential to either destroy both their futures, or to guide them to a love they never imagined.

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Blog Tour + Excerpt: FALLING INTO BED WITH A DUKE by Lorraine Heath


Lorraine Heath starts a brand new series, the Hellions of Havisham, with FALLING INTO BED WITH A DUKE, on sale from Avon Books October 27, 2015!


(The Hellions of Havisham #1)
by Lorraine Heath
Release Date: October 27, 2015


In the first in a dazzling new series, New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath introduces the Hellions of Havisham-three charismatic rogues destined to lose their hearts…

After six unsuccessful Seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors. But thanks to the Nightingale Club, she can at least enjoy one night of pleasure. At that notorious establishment, ladies don masks before choosing a lover. The sinfully handsome Duke of Ashebury is more than willing to satisfy the secretive lady’s desires-and draws Minerva into an exquisite, increasingly intimate affair.

A man of remarkable talents, Ashe soon deduces that his bedmate is the unconventional Miss Dodger. Intrigued by her wit and daring, he sets out to woo her in earnest. Yet Minerva refuses to trust him. How to court a woman he has already thoroughly seduced? And how to prove that the passion unleashed in darkness is only the beginning of a lifetime’s pleasure…?




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The Duke of Ashebury was on the hunt for a pair of long, shapely legs. Standing casually with a shoulder pressed to a wall in the front parlor of the Nightingale Club, he observed with a jaundiced eye those who entered. The ladies wore flowing silk that caressed their skin as a lover might before the night was done. The shimmering fabric seductively outlined the body, hinted at dips and swells. Arms were bared. Necklines were low, the silk gathering just below a tasteful showing of cleavage designed to entice. People murmured and sipped their champagne, while exchanging heavy-lidded gazes and come-hither smiles.

The flirtation that occurred within these walls was very different from that found in a ballroom. No one here was searching for a dance partner. Rather, they wanted a bedding partner. He appreciated the honesty on display, which was the reason that he often stopped by when he was in London. No pretense, no ruses, no duplicity.

He had already claimed a bedchamber, the key nestled in his jacket pocket, as he wanted no one to disturb what he had so painstakingly set up. His needs were unique, and he knew that within these walls, they would be kept secret. People did not discuss what occurred at the Nightingale Club. For most of London, its existence was something spoken about in longing whispers by those who knew it only as myth. But for those familiar with it, it served as a sanctuary, liberator, confidant. It was whatever one needed it to be.

For him, it was salvation, bringing him back from the brink of darkness. Twenty years had gone by since his parents’ deaths, yet still he dreamed of mangled and charred remains. Still, he heard his mother’s terrorized screams and his father’s fruitless cries. Still, his behavior when he’d last seen them taunted him. Had he known that he’d never look upon them again—

With resolve, he shook off the haunting musings that sent a chill down his spine. Here, he could forget, at least for a few hours. Here, the regrets didn’t gnaw unmercifully at him. Here, he could become lost striving for perfection, for the ultimate in pleasure.

He had merely to determine which lady would best suit his purposes, which would be willing to concede to his unusual request without protest. It bothered him not at all that the ladies wore domino masks. He cared little for their faces, understood their need for anonymity. Their concealment worked to his advantage as he’d discovered that ladies were more comfortable with his request when they were assured it would remain their secret—and his not knowing their identity made them bolder than they might have been otherwise. They liked being a little naughty as long as they weren’t caught. He couldn’t catch them if he didn’t know who they were.

Still, he had one cardinal rule he always observed: never the same lady twice.

The ladies brought their own masks, seldom changed them, as the façade became their calling cards, as effective at identifying them as the ones handed over to butlers in the early afternoon when they were making proper visits. The woman in the black mask decorated with peacock feathers had a scar just above her left knee from a tumble she’d taken from a pony as a child. The blue mask, black feathers had two delightful dimples in the small of her back. The green mask outlined in yellow lace possessed bony hips that had proven a challenge, but he’d been pleased with the results when their time together was finished. But then he’d always embraced the challenge of discovering the perfection in imperfection.

The three glasses of scotch that he’d enjoyed were thrumming through his veins. The din of intimacy was calming. The muscles that had been so tense earlier were relaxed. He was in his element here, or he would be in short order. As soon as he found that for which he was searching. He wouldn’t settle for less than what he wanted; he never did. If one sure thing could be said about the Duke of Ashebury, it was that he knew his own mind. That he was stubborn when it came to acquiring what he needed—or wanted. Tonight’s endeavors straddled the line of both what he needed and what he wanted. All needs would be met before dawn. Then, perhaps, he could be glad to be back in London.

Lifting his glass for another sip, he watched a woman wearing draping white silk and a white mask with short white feathers walk hesitantly into the room as though she expected the floor to drop out from beneath her at any moment. She wasn’t particularly tall, but based on the way the silk moved over her flesh with each graceful step, it was obvious that she possessed long, slender legs. He wondered if she was meeting someone, already had an arranged assignation. Some ladies did—it was one of the reasons that the men didn’t wear masks. So they were easily identifiable if their paramours wanted to meet them here. Another reason was that men simply didn’t bloody well care if anyone knew that they were in the mood for a good tupping. Even the married ones were brazen with their presence.

The woman in white appeared to have dark hair, gathered up in an elaborate style that no doubt required an abundance of pins. He couldn’t be absolutely certain of the exact shade because the lighting in the room—only flickering candles—enhanced the mood of secrecy as well as creating an ambiance for intimacy while providing a gossamer disguise for some distinguishing characteristics that were easily identifiable by color: hair, eyes, even the fairness of skin. Perhaps she moved slowly because her eyes were adjusting to the dimness. Gentlemen not yet spoken for did not swarm to her side. But then that was the rule here. Seduction happened slowly. Ladies needed to hint at an interest.

But then, if this was her first time, she might not be aware of the subtle rules. He was fairly certain he’d never seen her before. A connoisseur of the body, he would have remembered the elegance of her movements, the way the cloth glided over her skin, outlining her form. Slender legs, but meat where it counted. No bony hips there.

With one long swallow, he finished off his scotch, relishing the realization that the hunt was over. He’d thought he wanted a tall woman. He’d been mistaken.

He wanted her.

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LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. After reading a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.

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