DUKE OF DESIRE

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Pub Date: October 17, 2018

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Romance: Historical

Synopsis:

A victim of mistaken identity, Lady Iris Jordan, was kidnapped by a secret society bent on revenge. duke-of-desire-250-400Held captive by the ruthless Lords of Chaos, Iris is presented as a living sacrifice at one of their masked events. When Raphael de Chartres rescues her from the perverted society, Iris shoots him, wounding him severely.

Raphael de Chartres vowed to destroy The Lords of Chaos. The evil group was responsible for his life of darkness and despair. In order to save Iris, he forces her to marry him. Injured both mentally and physically, Iris is determined to break through Raphael’s private hell and bring him into the light.

My thoughts:

Intimacy at its best. I’ve been an admirer of Elizabeth Hoyt’s works for years. Her compelling characters are often misunderstood, gritty and raw. Ms. Hoyt isn’t afraid to reveal the strengths and weaknesses in her characters. Her talent of blending a loving relationship among insurmountable odds makes her a master story-teller. Basically, what I’m saying is any time Elizabeth Hoyt pens a new novel it is bound to be a treasure.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

 

AS THE DEVIL DARES

Author: Anna Harrington

Pub Date: March 6, 2018

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Romance: Historical

Synopsis:

Mariah Winslow has dreamed of becoming a partner in her father’s shipping company since childhood. Strong willed and independent, Mariah has partaken in some pretty outlandish behavior.pic Both beautiful and intelligent, she cares little for what society thinks. However, her father is determined to turn her into a proper lady. When he does the unthinkable, enlisting the help of Robert Carlisle to assist in finding Mariah a suitable husband, she becomes a force to be reckoned with until she finds she actually likes the intolerable man.

A partnership with Winslow Shipping Company is the opportunity that Robert Carlisle has worked tirelessly for. There is only one obstacle—Mariah Winslow. To seal the deal, Robert agrees to use the Carlisle family’s influence to marry off the insufferable woman. He hadn’t planned to find himself in love with Mariah nor did he plan to have to choose between loving her, obtaining a partnership, or reconciling with his past.

My thoughts:

The chemistry between Robert and Mariah was combustible. I couldn’t put this Regency romance down. Anna Harrington is one of my all-time favorite authors and once again, she’d written a spellbinding story.

Happy Reading!

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

HIS TO COMMAND

Author: Opal Carew

Pub Date: April 15, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin Griffin

Romance: Erotic

Synopsis:

After a night of betrayal, Kate wanted Matthew out of her life for good. The move from New York to Connecticut was supposed to make her forget her desire to yield to Matthew’s command. imagesHowever, even a new apartment, new group of friends and the owner of a new business, Kate is tormented by her yearnings to be a submissive. When she accepts an invitation to meet with a potential financial backer for her company, she is forced to face the past. Can she really form a business partnership with her ex-dominant?

My thoughts:

Well-known for her erotic romances, Opal Carew excels at writing a torrid story of sexual domination. Any reader that enjoys second chance romance may want to consider HIS TO COMMAND. Hot. Steamy. Sinful. HIS TO COMMAND is a story about redemption and the emotional journey to trust again.

Happy Reading!

 

COWBOY STOLE MY HEART

Author: Soraya Lane

Pub. Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press-

Romance: Contemporary

Synopsis:

COWBOY STOLE MY HEART is a sexy contemporary romance written by Soraya Lane. 51AEhEvzuEL._SY346_Famous for his excellence as a horse trainer, Sam Mendes agrees to a challenging job opportunity offered by a billionaire ranch owner to train a difficult horse owned by his beautiful daughter, Mia Ford. Sam is sure that Mia is just a spoiled wealthy young woman who has an affinity with horses. However, after observing the prize-winning horsewoman at work, Sam learns that Mia may just be the woman he’s always dreamed of. If only, he hadn’t vowed never to fall in love again, he’d be able to confess his love for Mia.

Working with Sam Mendes was a dream come true for Mia except she can’t stand the man. She has a change of heart as she watches his gentle nature with Tex. Emotionally wounded from the tragic accident of her best-friend, the loss of her mother, and the men who pursued her for all the wrong reasons, Mia has given up on marriage and children. When their mutual attraction can no longer be denied, Mia proposes a no-strings attached affair.

My Thoughts:

Emotional and heartwarming the love story between Sam and Mia is one readers won’t want to miss. The chemistry between the characters is off-the-charts and the pages sizzle with their desire.

***I received an ARC copy of this novel and was happy to give my honest review.

 

 

It is with pleasure that I recommend this week’s historical romance, WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINS, book two in the Capturing the Carlisles series written by Anna Harrington. thumbnail_When The Scoundrel SinsThis regency novel isn’t set in the typical ballrooms of London, England, although readers will begin their journey there. Instead, its backdrop is only miles from Scotland’s border. With only a few weeks until her twenty-fifth birthday Annabelle “Belle” Green, needs a husband or she’ll lose her inheritance. Quinton “Quinn” Carlisle ruined her chance at a proper season, six years ago. Humiliated and embarrassed, Annabelle needs Quinton to marry her. Afraid of love, Quinn cannot bear to see the woman he desires sell her soul to a loveless marriage as he struggles with his feelings for the bluestocking.

If you haven’t yet read one of Anna Harrington’s novels, please don’t wait any longer. I’m in love with her prose. Each of her novels has kept me up into the wee hours of morning while I eagerly uncover the simmering details that emerge as an epic romance develops. Her ability to expose the fragility of human beings as they risk their hearts in the game of love is intoxicating. Tender and seductive, her novels are a wicked addiction that rejoice in my heart. I’m so honored to have been given an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher. I cannot wait for the next one.

Happy Reading!

 

BOOK INFORMATION

 Title: When the Scoundrel Sins

Author: Anna Harrington

On Sale: August 29, 2017

Series: Capturing the Carlisles: Book 2

Publisher: Forever

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Price: $7.99 USD

Six years ago, a childish prank perpetrated by the reckless Quinton Carlisle ruined Annabelle Greene’s reputation and any chance she had at securing a successful marriage.  Incensed, she moved to her beloved estate on the Scottish border and has reveled in the solitude…until now when the contents of a family will are revealed.  Suddenly, Belle’s single status may cost her the only home she’s ever known.  Now, with her only marital prospect a horribly greedy and completely undesirable man, Belle knows just the person to rescue her-the one person who owes her for his bad behavior…

There’s nothing Quinn Carlisle wants more than to get out from his older brother’s shadow and make a name for himself abroad. So when a mysterious letter arrives, promising adventure, he rushes to the Scottish border…only to find that Belle laid a trap for him.  The awkward, shy bluestocking whom he so enjoyed tormenting is gone, replaced by a graceful, elegant woman who ignites a desire in him he can’t resist.  Can Quinn help her save her home-and win her heart in the process?

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I’d never thought I’d be one of those people. You know the ones. You’ve seen their many faces as the television cameras capture their anxious energy. 32052327They’ve prayed for one glimpse. Surely, this magical moment where time stands still as their eyes lock on those of their beloved hoping to fulfill their destiny. Desperate to be noticed, they frantically scream, “I love you!” Many will cry. Some will gaze in disbelief. Others might faint. The object of their affection is mere inches away. Hearts pounding, they breathe in deeply, alive with the electricity that floats through the atmosphere. For few hours, there souls connect on a single breath of air.

That was my experience when I first saw him leap from the top of the piano, legs split into a V, telling the world to go crazy! I was eleven years old, the same age as Mayte Garcia, the woman who eventually married this mysterious man and decades later shared their story with the world. At first, I was mad as hell. Didn’t take her long to capitalize on his death, did it? I wrongly thought. After all, this man had shaped my teenage years with his lyrics that pushed the envelope by tapping into controversial topics such as love, sex, religion, and discrimination. Fearless and relentless in his reign, I even wrote about his influence on diversity for a college class. I’m now 44 years old and am thankful for every word, every concert and everything that was and still is Prince.

On April 21, 2016, nine days before my birthday, a friend told me Prince was found dead. I didn’t believe her at first, declaring that it was one of those disgusting hoaxes that are often viewed on the internet. Sadly, my friend was right, ripping out a piece of my heart with the sickening truth. How could it be that this man who helped me believe being a misunderstood misfit was cool, soothed my soul when I was anguished, stroked my desire to be unique, influenced me to strive for greatness and most of all, never quit, was dead at the age of 57?

Many tears have been shed since then. I have recorded the television tributes that aired shortly after his death. They wait for me to view them. I haven’t gone there yet. Recently, I began listening to his music again. The intoxicating rhythms jolting me into an energy and an artist’s desire for greatness. I’m a writer not a musician, but if you want to be the best, always study the best. Prince’s influence on me was priceless and to think, we never even exchanged a hello.

I tell you all of this so that you’ll grasp the importance this artist’s life had on influencing the person who I’ve become. As you can imagine, Mayte Garcia’s novel, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, MY LIFE WITH PRINCE, left me with a plethora of emotion. And damn it…I really like and respect her! Being an animal lover, myself, I was impressed with her dedication to animal rescue. The best decision I made was to listen to the audio version read by Mayte. Hearing the inflection in her words as she spoke her truth along with the small sniffles and giggles made my heart cry for her. I was a basket case as she spoke of her pregnancy. I hope that writing this novel, was cathartic for her and I hope it was lucrative, too. She’s a single mamma, afterall. Never once did she spew hateful words and accusations that her ex-husband can no longer defend. Instead, she exposed a vulnerability, a fragile humanity that fans, such as myself, would never see. Mayte’s words sculpted Prince into a flesh and blood human being, a man who was way more than the images of the eccentric rock star that the world had come to admire.

There is no doubt in my mind, that Mayte Garcia and Prince Rogers Nelson were a match made in Heaven. Although it saddens me to realize their marriage didn’t last, their love story inspires me. It confirms this romance writer’s theory that love is the most honest, dangerous and mystifying thing in the entire world. It evolves over time, maybe strengthens or flickers, but it never dies. Love lives in your heart because it is part of your very essence.

A few things that were confirmed for me after listening to Mayte’s thoughts… Nothing or no one is ever gone when they’re loved. God is alive and He will bring beauty from your ashes. God bless you Mayte and that gorgeous little girl that you adore. I know that Amir, Boogie, Mia and Prince are smiling.

 

 

I’ve got some very exciting news to share…

As of today, Anna Harrington’s latest historical romance, When the Scoundrel Sins, is available for purchase at all of your favorite book sellers. I’ll be posting my review this Sunday, September 3, 2017.

In the meantime, I’ve posted an excerpt for your enjoyment.

Happy Reading!

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“You look much more like your father now,” she commented, nervously licking her suddenly dry lips but only serving to draw his attention to her mouth. Which made her even more nervous, so nervous that she couldn’t stop the trembling of her fingertips as they wrapped into the skirt of her night rail. “But you’re still a troublemaker.”

A faint smile played at his mouth. “And you’re still a bluestocking,” he countered. Unintentionally simmering a slow heat low in her belly, he reached up to tuck a stray curl behind her ear. “Still retreating to the sanctuary of your library.”

“Because books are usually more pleasant than most people,” she answered, swallowing hard when he trailed his fingers down the side of her neck. She forced out, not at all as firmly as she’d hoped beneath the soft touch of his fingers,

“And more trustworthy.”

Ignoring that jab, he slid his hand lower to let his fingers play at the edge of her shawl. “Yet there are things that people can do that books can’t.” His fingers tugged gently at the shawl and pulled it down her shoulder to reveal the scooped neck of the nightdress beneath. His gaze flicked to the small patch of revealed skin at the base of her throat, then back to her eyes. “All kinds of interesting things.”

She should stop him, swat his hand away, shove him back—but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Just as she couldn’t hold back the hot shiver that swept through her or the gooseflesh that formed on her skin. His touch was proving to be as equally intoxicating now as that night six years ago.

“Then I have no interest in learning them,” she countered, although from the way her blood hummed, her body was very interested.

Madness—that after what he’d done to her, she could ever want to be in his arms again. Yet she desired just that, although that could never happen. Kissing him once had ruined her reputation. Kissing him again might destroy her entire future.

She thrust her chin into the air. “I know of your reputation.”

“Thank you,” he half purred.

His finger hooked beneath the wide shoulder strap of her sleeveless nightgown and slid it slowly down her arm. But this time, with a stretch of bare shoulder revealed to his eyes, he didn’t bother feigning propriety by looking away and instead flamed a prickling heat beneath her skin everywhere he gazed.

She pulled in a deep breath to steady herself. Oh, why did she always go light-headed when she was alone with him?

“That was not meant as a compliment.”

“Wasn’t it?”