A RETURN OF THE WICKED EARL by Sadie Bosque – Featured New Release

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A RETURN OF THE WICKED EARL

Sadie Bosque


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A mistake she will regret for a lifetime…
Lady Annalise was a wide-eyed debutante when she fell in love and married Blake, the Earl of Payne. But their time together was ill-fated and brief. After being treated poorly by her new husband, soon Annalise’s love for Blake is shattered. When he disappears entirely, their marriage seems to have ended as soon as it began.

A terrible betrayal…
Blake, the Earl of Payne, had it all: a hefty inheritance, a respectable title, and a beautiful wife. But it all crumbles when he is abducted, tortured and almost killed three months after his wedding. Now that he’s back he is determined to win back his wife and take revenge on whoever is responsible for his abduction. Neither task is going as planned, especially since his wife has moved on and his abductors have a plan of their own.

A love that is stronger than hate…
As suspicions flare, dark secrets emerge, and old passions are rekindled, Blake and Annalise must decide if they can trust each other again… or let go of one another forever.

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ABOUT SADIE

sadie-bosque-5Sadie Bosque is a steamy historical romance author. Surrounded by the enchantment of the historical setting, her love stories communicate to the modern reader through the experiences of her characters. The heroes and heroines of Sadie’s stories are flawed, imperfect creatures with big hearts. Sadie believes that a happily ever after has to be hard-earned. The trials and tribulations her characters go through make them stronger and make the HEA so much sweeter.
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SUMMER PLEASURES, A Historical Romance Collection by The New Romance Café – Featured New Release

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SUMMER PLEASURES

A Historical Romance Collection

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Hold on to your fans and get ready for the duchesses to clutch their pearls – the social season may have ended but the summer season is just getting started and it will be a scorcher!

Summer Pleasures, the latest Historical Romance anthology for charity from the authors at The New Romance Café, is heating up your Kindle from August, with a limited time romance collection.

All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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A Summer Quest (Regency) – Caro Kinkead

 Sophia Marcus knows who she wants to marry. Problem is, he’s not the man her father has in mind. Her father believes the sizeable estate his daughter will inherit warrants a title, and he’s invited a candidate to Wyldfell Priory for the Summer Market Fair.

Philip Harrington wants to marry Sophia. Problem is, six months ago his brother scandalized Little Chipping and the family has been under a cloud ever since. They’re on the verge of being accepted by society once more, but it is clear Sophia’s father has his sights set elsewhere.

Counting on Philip’s ability to produce the finest hog at the Summer Market, Philip and Sophia hatch a plan to rid her of an unwanted suitor and raise his standing in her father’s eyes. But the suitor is not without his own allies, and another scandal could be looming on the horizon.

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Four House Parties and a Mystery (Regency) – Alexa Santi

When her aunt drags her to four summer house parties in quick succession, Grace Rawson doesn’t expect to be drawn into a dangerous game with a perilously attractive thief. After her aunt’s safety is threatened, Grace must determine which of the players is hiding a darker purpose.

When Lillian and Graham cross paths, they discover the spark between them is as hot as ever. The fair is in full swing, a rival photographer is making mischief, and high-flying adventure awaits. But none of it can quash the passion between them, or prevent their yearning for a second chance at love.

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Forget Me Not (Regency) – Sadie Bosque

Christopher was determined to move up in rank and escape the suffocating shackles of a commoner’s life. Linda was just looking for an adventure. However, their brief meeting uproots their life in a way neither of them expected. As their dreams shatter, there is only one thing that can help them come back to the carefree people they were once – love.

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A Midsummer Night’s Kiss (Regency) – Lara Temple

Three midsummer kisses in exchange for her sister’s freedom…

War-widow Lily knew gaining her sister’s release from her betrothal to the Earl of Carrington would come at a price. She hadn’t expected it to be a price she’d be more than willing to pay…

 ‘So, Lily Walsh. What will you offer in exchange for your sister’s freedom?’

‘What do you want, Lord Carrington?’

‘A balm for my bruised pride. You could try kissing it better.’

Her jaw slackened.

‘Three kisses…’ He ignored her shocked expression, his voice sinking lower and lower. ‘Three hot, midsummer madness kisses culminating on midsummer’s day when spirits abound, wreaking havoc on mortals. Anything might happen…’

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Midnight Intrigues (Regency) – Courtney A.K. Shinn

Charlotte, Dowager Duchess of Suffolk has always been trapped by duty and expectations. Her son demanding they attend a house party thrown by her late husband’s former mistress to find answers for her husband’s mysterious death is no different. However, as things take an increasingly dark turn, with rumors of a secret society hell-bent on revenge, Charlotte begins to open her heart to Elizabeth, the companion who supported her in the months since her husband’s death. But the feelings she feels are not merely platonic. Will she break free of the shackles of society and embrace true love? And who will be the next victim?

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My Heiress, ’Tis of Thee (Gilded Age) – Catherine Stein

Three months have passed since magazine owner Graham Ward received a letter from the love of his life, telling him everything was over. Desperate to take his mind off his heartbreak, he travels to St. Louis for the 1904 World’s Fair, only to discover he’s not the only one intent on getting away.

Knickerbocker heiress Lillian Belmont can’t understand why Graham never responded to her coded message asking him to elope. To ease her aching heart, she’s thrown herself into her photography, hoping to sell her World’s Fair images and make a name for herself.

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The Honourable Mr Gresham Asks a Question (1940s) – Shanti James

Discharged from the Royal Navy, Max Gresham now works in India as a maharaja’s Private Secretary. For months, he’s denied his feelings for his colleague, Diana. She’s wary of men and he won’t jeopardise their friendship by overstepping her strict boundaries.

Diana Kingsley, Private Secretary to the maharani, paid a bitter price for trusting her heart. Max makes her believe kind, honourable men still exist, but she’s an Anglo-Indian engineer’s daughter and he’s an earl’s son. Though she’s deeply in love with him, friends are all they can ever be.

When Max risks asking for more, Diana retreats, convinced he only wants one thing. From now on, it’s strictly business. But then their royal employers play matchmaker, forcing Max and Diana to spend time together.

On a steaming Calcutta day, a ludicrous list and an old scandal may be just what this dithering couple needs to prove they’re made for each other.


THE AUTHORS

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Lara Temple

Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion.

When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance. This love remained one-sided as she progressed through various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech until she finally went back to her first love.

Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and hike and read as many books as possible (which just about sums up her dream vacation).

She recently went back to look for that grubby crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

https://www.laratemple.com

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Catherine Stein

Award-winning author Catherine Stein believes that everyone deserves love and that Happily Ever After has the power to help, to heal, and to comfort. She writes sassy, sexy romance set during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Her books are full of action, adventure, magic, and fantastic technologies.

Catherine lives in Michigan with her husband and three rambunctious kids. She loves steampunk and Oxford commas, and can often be found dressed in Renaissance Festival clothing, drinking copious amounts of tea.

You can find Catherine on social media @catsteinbooks or visit her website at www.catsteinbooks.com to learn about all her books and sign up for her VIP newsletter.

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Sadie Bosque

Sadie Bosque is a shy and sheltered young woman from the outskirts of the World. Being a loner, she was immersed in the fictional worlds of books since she knew how to read. In her thirties, with the Pandemic changing the rules of the World she picked up a pen, or rather a laptop, and started crafting stories in the Historical Romance World.

Check out more of her work, or sign-up to her newsletter here: www.sadiebosque.com.

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Caro Kinkead

As a child, Caro Kinkead was told Dr. Seuss’ job was “writing books,” and decided that was her goal, along with being a ballerina and archeologist. A fear of snakes signaled the end of her ambition to find the next Tutankhamun’s tomb, the dancing didn’t pan out, but the love of writing remained, allowing her to enjoy those careers and more in her imagination.

Caro grew up in a family of readers, developing a love of science fiction and fantasy, along with old movies and costuming. These days, she and her husband share a home in the Los Angeles area with their cats, a sizable book collection, and more yarn than she’s willing to admit. You can find her on Instagram as @CaroKinkead, and join her newsletter at http://CaroKinkead.com , where subscribers receive a free short story, which tells the tale of the scandal the Harringtons are trying to live down, as well as an exclusive on-going serial.

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Alexa Santi

Alexa Santi has been fascinated by the Regency Era since the pre-internet days when she had to check paper books out from the library. She lives in Los Angeles with her sexy librarian husband and their cats. She occasionally blogs at her website, https://www.alexasanti.com.

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Courtney AK Shinn

Courtney A.K. Shinn has loved reading since her grandmother read to her from a young age. She lives in Honolulu, HI with her family, including three rambunctious French Bulldogs.

Review Blog: Courtney Reads Romance

Twitter: @ZelenaSwift

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Shanti James

Shanti James grew up in Kolkata immersed in stories of gods, goddesses, elephant-riding princes, and bejewelled princesses. The child of an Indian father and an English mother, she embraced the best of both sides of her rich heritage.

She now lives in England, where she translates her passion for art, history, mythology, and travel, into writing romances with all the ‘feels’. She loves honourable heroes with undiscovered depths, and smart, dauntless heroines who can save themselves. This is her first foray into historical romance and she is currently penning the story of Viraj, Maharaja of Kuch, and his arranged marriage to Tara, the unconventional princess who upends his life.

 When not clicking away on her laptop, Shanti runs mum’s taxi service and the bank of mum. In other words, she has kids. Coffee, gin, and good friends keep her sane.

DIFFICULT by Brianne Gillen – Happy Book Birthday!

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“I suppose everyone expects a flop from us…But wouldn’t it be a lot more fun if we did something else?”

The Biggest Gossip, Straight Out of 1947 Hollywood!

A Diva Destined for Disaster…

With a face made for the cinema and the acting chops to back it up, Lois Ashford should be one of Hollywood’s most powerful players. But for the last decade, her notorious reputation for being “difficult” has kept her dreams of true stardom at bay—and now it might even cost her the contract she needs to continue her career.

A Heartthrob Heading toward Hazard…

Golden-boy Nick Bradley has always been considered one of the screen’s most captivating leading men—devastatingly handsome, tremendously talented, and a real-life hero to boot. That is, until a scandalous brush with the law makes him tabloid fodder and lands him in hot water with his bosses.

A Match Made for Motion Picture Magic…

When their studio pairs them in a stinker of a film, the last thing anyone expects is for their punishment to lead to a dynamic partnership—least of all Lois and Nick. And after the big bosses push them to capitalize on the momentum with a phony publicity marriage, it isn’t long before the sparks get real and their wedded bliss becomes a lot less fake. But all that glitters is not so golden, and their newly-minted status as Hollywood Royalty might just come at the expense of their hearts. Unless they can find the courage to tell a new story…

*Author’s Note—Content Warning: This book contains discussion of past (off-page) workplace sexual harassment.

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The Latest from Hollywood!

—November 1937

Quite the racket emerging from Neptune Pictures lately! Rumor has it the brunette stunner they were counting on to be their new Siren has turned out to be quite the Sea-Witch instead. Despite the whispers of her already being a diva on day one, we graciously gave her the benefit of the doubt. But it seems we were too merciful. Word comes from the set of her new picture—only her second, if you can believe it!—that she unleashed what could only be called a Temper Tsunami on everyone present. We have no idea what could have caused such an eruption, but really, is there ever an excuse for that kind of behavior? Looks like studio head Arthur Ronson might be regretting his decision to sign this troublesome beauty already…

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Hollywood Happenings

—June 1940

Big change-up in Contract-land today! The fine folks at Neptune Pictures are finally unburdening themselves of their resident Difficile Dish, passing her contract across town to Parkmoor Studios. Talk of her outrageous behavior on set has become the stuff of Tinseltown legend, so it’s likely for the best that she’s moving on. We will admit, her talent is undeniable. Perhaps her new studio will have better luck taming this Shirley Temper into more of a Norma Sheer-Dream. Let’s raise a glass to Parkmoor—they’ve certainly got their work cut out for them!

Read Chapter One preview here: https://www.briannegillen.com/difficult-chapter-one-preview/


ABOUT BRIANNE

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Brianne Gillen is a romance author, costume designer, theatre educator, and life-long storyteller, based in the Los Angeles area. She loves classic films, especially the screwball comedies of the ‘30s and ‘40s, and will never turn down the opportunity to browse the treasure troves otherwise known as vintage clothing stores. She is also a voracious reader and firm believer in happily-ever-afters. She has done a bit of playwriting, and in recent years, has contributed her opinions to a few online publications centering on the art and craft of costume design. Difficult is her debut romance novel, and the first in her Phoenix Pictures Series, about fierce dames and cinnamon-roll gents finding love in late-1940s Hollywood.

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LOVING A DOWAGER by Rachel Ann Smith – Cover Reveal

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LOVING A DOWAGER

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Rachel Ann Smith

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And she has too much to lose.

After raising and marrying off her two sons all on her own, Henrietta Neale’s future seemed rather insipid. When one of her dear friends becomes the target of a fortune hunter, Henrietta is determined to investigate.

She stormed into his office…

…ready to give him a piece of her mind.

His reaction to seeing her wasn’t what she expected.

At five-and-ten, Walter was in love, even though Henrietta was four years his senior. It broke his heart when she ran off to get married and that changed him. Now, middle-aged, running her late husband’s law firm, a confirmed bachelor who never took a wife, he wonders if the widow might be willing to take a chance.

Love is risky.

When circumstances force Henrietta and Walter together, longing and love can no longer be denied. But can two people who have avoided the truth for decades gather the courage to reach a future they never believed possible?

What will it take for them to find love?

 

You’ll adore this regency romance, because with age comes wisdom and their lives are about to change forever.

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Release Date: November 3, 2021

Available for pre-order now everywhere!  Loving A Dowager

 
 

Rachel Ann Smith writes steamy historical romances with a twist. Her debut series, Agents of the Home Office, features female protagonists that defy convention.

When Rachel isn’t writing, she loves to read and spend time with her family. She is frequently found with her Kindle by the pool during the summer, the soccer field in the spring and fall, or curled up on the couch during the winter months.

She currently lives in Colorado with her extremely understanding husband and their two very supportive children.

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DEAD DUKES TELL NO TALES by Catherine Stein – Featured New Release

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Airship pirates, mysterious inventions, and a treasure beyond compare? All in a duke’s work.

Chicago scrap metal mogul Clifford Kinsley has never encountered an obstacle he couldn’t dismantle. Until he inherits a dukedom burdened with mountains of debt, stifling rules, and people who want to ship his seven-year-old daughter off to boarding school. He’s stuck with the title for life. Which leaves only one solution: kill the duke. And for that, he’ll need the assistance of a professional.

Sabine Diebin, the infamous pirate captain La Capitaine, has one final treasure to find before she settles down to a well-deserved retirement. Unfortunately, the key to finding her prize is buried somewhere in the mess left behind by the late Duke of Hartleigh. To speed up her search, Sabine makes a deal with the oddly charming new duke-next-door. If he digs through her clutter, she’ll help him disappear.

Working together, Cliff and Sabine uncover a trail of clues that sends them on a world-wide search for a potentially life-changing device. With their combined skills, they can dodge murderous enemies and unravel baffling messages, but they can’t deny their growing bond or the desire sparking between them. Pirates don’t have partners. But if they dare to open their hearts, they might discover that the greatest treasures of all can’t be buried.

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DDTNT graphic 3“The leftovers of the Mad Duke.” He huffed a little laugh.

“Yes. I understand you run a scrap collection business? Perhaps I could employ you to haul everything away.”

“I was in the recycling business.” His mouth tightened into a hard line. “Now, unfortunately, I’m a goddamned duke, if you’ll pardon my French.”

Sabine tried not to laugh. She really did. But he was so delightfully, blunt-spokenly American.

“Has your new title destroyed your ability to pluck valuable bits from the rubbish?”

He adjusted his spectacles, assessing her with a steady gaze. His eyes were an icy blue, like the glacial caves in the Alps—quiet, still, and eerily beautiful.

“I don’t expect it has, no.”

“Since we are neighbors, maybe you would like to lend your expertise and help me straighten out this mess of a house? As payment, you may keep what you wish of the saleable items. After I have taken any that are of interest to me, of course.”

Hartleigh folded his arms across his chest. “Why, may I ask, did you purchase this house and all the items in it if you didn’t want them?”

“I do want them. Or, rather, I want some of them. There are items in this collection, purchased long ago, that are of great interest to me, if only I can find them in the mess.”

“So you’re a collector yourself, then.”

She chuckled. “More of a treasure hunter.”

“See, Daddy?” Lola grinned at her father. “I told you!”

“You told him I was a treasure hunter?” Sabine asked.

“No. I told him you were a pirate.”

“Oh, God.” Hartleigh put a hand to his temple. “I’m so sorry. Pirates are her new favorite thing. The trip across the ocean was very long, and we’d just read Treasure Island together…”

“Please, don’t apologize.”

He leaned so far forward he rocked the piano bench onto the front two legs. “No, I must. I’m sure there’s some way I could have better explained that you don’t call your new neighbor a pirate, even if she does collect treasure, and…”

“But I am a pirate,” Sabine said. “Haven’t you heard of the infamous La Capitaine? I am she.”

Hartleigh gaped at her. “I, uh…” Before he could stammer a coherent word, the piano bench slipped, sending the peculiar new duke tumbling to the floor with a resounding crash.


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This is a fantastic romp of a novel. It should be adapted into a movie along the lines of The Mummy and Romancing the Stone. The story is incredibly entertaining with humor, action, emotional depth, and romance blending well. The characters are wonderfully diverse and utterly likable, especially the MCs Sabine, Cliff, and Lola.

We’re better together. I’d rather have a short life with you in it than a long life thinking about what might have been.”

Cliff is my new favorite of Ms. Stein’s heroes. Reluctant duke, klutzy nerd, amazing girl dad, sexy considerate lover. He’s absolutely endearing. And Sabine, what a heroine! Super strong, smart, and capable with a soft center. They fit so perfectly.

5 stars


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Catherine Stein

Award-winning author Catherine Stein believes that everyone deserves love and that Happily Ever After has the power to help, to heal, and to comfort. She writes sassy, sexy romance set during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Her books are full of action, adventure, magic, and fantastic technologies.

Catherine lives in Michigan with her husband and three rambunctious kids. She loves steampunk and Oxford commas, and can often be found dressed in Renaissance Festival clothing, drinking copious amounts of tea.

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A DUKE IN TIME by Janna MacGregor – Featured New Release

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A DUKE IN TIME

The Widow Rules

Janna MacGregor

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Katherine Vareck is in for the shock of her life when she learns upon her husband Meri’s accidental death that he had married two other women. Her entire business, along with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a royal supplier, is everything she’s been working for and now could be destroyed if word leaks about the three wives.

Meri’s far more upstanding brother, Christian, Duke of Randford has no earthly clue how to be of assistance. He spent the better part of his adult years avoiding Meri and the rest of his good-for-nothing family, so to be dragged back into the fold is…problematic. Even more so is the intrepid and beautiful Katherine, whom he cannot be falling for because she’s Meri’s widow. Or can he?

With a textile business to run and a strong friendship forming with Meri’s two other wives, Katherine doesn’t have time for much else. But there’s something about the warm, but compellingly taciturn Christian that draws her to him. When an opportunity to partner in a business venture brings them even closer, they’ll have to face their pasts if they want to share each other’s hearts and futures.

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With its wild premise, easy-to-root for main characters,  fascinating set of secondary characters, easy pace that kept the story moving, and low-angst conflict, A Duke In Time gives Janna MacGregor’s new The Widow Rules series a promising start.

Janna has always written strong and resolute female leads and Katherine is a remarkable example of them. Her occupation and hidden background provide for a refreshing change from the previous heroines who were born into nobility. Her backstory allows for a better understanding of her decisions and actions throughout the story.

Christian, the titular duke, is himself an admirable character with his care for war veterans and his taking up the responsibility for his brother Meri’s three widows and the menagerie that kept on coming. His kind treatment of the people under his employ and his resolve not to follow his father’s debauched ways make him immensely likable.

I like that Kat and Christian formed tight friendships with each other and with others. I like that while there was an instant attraction between them, they didn’t act on it until they established a bond. I appreciate the absence of excessive push and pull. They satisfied their physical desire with agreement on both parties without coy protestations.

 While there are some aspects of the story that could have been better fleshed out (I’m still unclear how Katherine managed to start a business on her own with two hundred pounds to her name) and the lack of flaws in Christian’s characterization, I recommend this light and easy read to fans of “modern” historical romance.

4 out of 5 stars


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Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and splits her time between Kansas City and Minneapolis with her very own dashing rogue, and one smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pug. She loves to hear from readers.

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TEMPTING A GENTLEMAN by Rachel Ann Smith – Featured New Release

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TEMPTING A GENTLEMAN

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Rachel Ann Smith

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Tempting a Gentleman

THE HADFIELDS SERIES
BOOK TWO

An independent East End girl meets a determined West End boy…and the chase begins.

As a key member of the Network and modiste to the ladies of the ton, Emma Lennox favors freedom over marriage. But when her best friend asks that she attend the Hadfield ball, Emma finds herself thrown into the arms of a dance master who raises both her pulse and her temper.

Respected barrister Christopher Neale needs to marry in order to claim his place as a Protector of the Royal Family (PORF). After two years of searching, an innocent encounter with a stranger on his brother’s front steps ignites a yearning he cannot ignore.

Ordered by the head PORF to teach Emma how to dance, Christopher finds himself in love with his reluctant and enigmatic student. Emma must ignore the whispers of her heart or risk what she holds most dear—control over her dress shop.

Will Emma’s resolve not to marry remain steadfast against Christopher’s skill as a barrister and a lover?

 

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Rachel Ann Smith writes steamy historical romances with a twist. Her debut series, Agents of the Home Office, features female protagonists that defy convention.

When Rachel isn’t writing, she loves to read and spend time with her family. She is frequently found with her Kindle by the pool during the summer, the soccer field in the spring and fall, or curled up on the couch during the winter months.

She currently lives in Colorado with her extremely understanding husband and their two very supportive children.

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DREAMS REKINDLED by Amanda Cabot – Book Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

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DREAMS REKINDLED

Mesquite Springs, Book 2

BY AMANDA CABOT

Categories: Christian Historical Fiction/ Romance/ Stand-Alone
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: March 2, 2021
Pages: 352

 

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He’s bound and determined to find peace . . . but she’s about to stir things up. 

Dorothy Clark dreams of writing something that will challenge people as much as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin seems to have. But in 1850s Mesquite Springs, there are few opportunities for writers–until newspaperman Brandon Holloway arrives, that is. 
 
Brandon Holloway has seen firsthand the disastrous effects of challenging others. He has no intention of repeating that mistake. Instead of following his dreams, he’s committed to making a new–and completely uncontroversial–start in the Hill Country. 
 
As Dorothy’s involvement in the fledgling newspaper grows from convenient to essential, the same change seems to be happening in Brandon’s heart. But before romance can bloom, Dorothy and Brandon must work together to discover who’s determined to divide the town and destroy Brandon’s livelihood. 

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LOVE AT SECOND SIGHT by Catherine Stein – Featured New Release & Review

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LOVE AT SECOND SIGHT

Potions and Passions Book 4

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Theirs was a love to last forever. If only they could remember it.

Anna Harper has no memory of her old life. Or even of yesterday. She’s alone, pregnant, and in a foreign country, but none of those things will stop her from investigating the mystery of her unusual ailment. She’s determined to explore every clue, whether it be a whisky company that bears her name, or a handsome man who shares her problem.

Smith. Whisky. Newcastle. With his mind wiped by a pernicious potion, Quinn remembers little beyond those few words. All he knows is that he’s captivated by the outspoken dark-haired beauty searching for answers. And he’ll do all he can to protect her from the enemies bent on stopping her.

As Anna and Quinn join forces to unravel pieces of their past, they uncover a tangled web of deception and betrayal. Only Anna’s keen insight and Quinn’s steadfast spirit can lead them to the truth. And only the yearning of their two hearts can revive the love their minds have forgotten.

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Memory loss is an emotional subject for me right now due to having a parent with moderate Alzheimer’s so I approached reading this book with some trepidation. I needn’t have worried because Ms. Stein delivered an entertainingly fresh take on this classic trope that took my mind off my concerns for a little while. Love At Second Sight  is fast-paced, funny, and full of exhilarating adventures for the main characters Anna and Quinn in their quest to recover their memory and discover the motive behind their affliction while falling for each other.

With their unique case of double amnesia, intrepid Anna and earnest Quinn travel from Denmark, England, and Scotland, working together to piece clues and battle villains all the while forging a deep connection that may or may not be wrong given their forgotten marital status.

There’s a lot to like about this latest installment in the Potions and Passions series. The fiercely independent and smart heroine, the hard-working and respectful hero, the bananas situations they get themselves into, the clever and resourceful ways they manage to escape from them, and the care and love that develop between them. I also appreciate the appearance of characters from some of the previous books in the series, a nice callback to the brilliance of their own stories.

If I have a minor cavil, it’s that there may have been an excess of antagonists and overuse of the amnesia potion without explanation on how they work to create such an effect and how such quantities were obtained.

Overall an enjoyable romp of a read.

4 out of 5 stars

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Catherine Stein

Award-winning author Catherine Stein believes that everyone deserves love and that Happily Ever After has the power to help, to heal, and to comfort. She writes sassy, sexy romance set during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Her books are full of action, adventure, magic, and fantastic technologies.

Catherine lives in Michigan with her husband and three rambunctious girls. She loves steampunk and Oxford commas, and can often be found dressed in Renaissance Festival clothing, drinking copious amounts of tea.

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ONCE UPON A MAIL ORDER BRIDE by Linda Broday – Book Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

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ONCE UPON A MAIL ORDER BRIDE
Outlaw Mail Order Brides, #4
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Linda Broday

Categories: Western / Historical Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: November 24, 2020
Number of Pages: 352 pages
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Accused of crimes he didn’t commit, ex-preacher Ridge Steele is forced to give up everything he knew and make his home with outlaws. Desperate for someone to confide in, he strikes up correspondence with mail-order bride Adeline Jancy, finding in her the open heart he’s been searching for. Upon her arrival, Ridge discovers Addie only communicates through the written word, but he knows a little of what trauma can do to a person and vows to stand by her side.

Addie is eager to start a new life with the kind ex-preacher and the little boy she’s stolen away from her father―a zealot priest of a terrorized flock. As her small family settles into life at Hope’s Crossing, she even begins to find the voice, and confidence, she’d lost so long ago.

But danger is not far behind, and her father will not be denied. While Addie desperately fights the man who destroyed her childhood, a determined Ridge races to the rescue. The star-crossed lovers will need more than prayers to survive this final challenge…and find their way back to each other again.

PRAISE FOR ONCE UPON A MAIL ORDER BRIDE:

“An awesome culmination to a great western romance series!”
~ Fresh Fiction 
“Broday concludes the Outlaw Mail Order Bride series with a sizzling finale that features a tantalizingly slow build to intimate trust that catapults into adrenaline packed ardor.”  ~Booklist
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What a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to an action-packed and love-filled series! I’ve read and reviewed all of the Outlaw Mail Order Brides books these past two years and I can honestly say I’m  going to miss the extraordinary citizens of Hope’s Crossing.
Ms. Broday has created some amazing characters in these books. These outlaws and their mail-order brides are not your typical heroes and heroines in romance. They’re ex-convicts, fugitives, thieves. They have blood on their hands. Yet, readers can’t help but root for them to have a fresh start, find love, build a family, belong to a community. They’re fighters, survivors, exemplifying the best of the old West. Even as I say goodbye to Clay and Tally, Jack and Nora, Tait and Melanie, and Ridge and Addie, I have hope that I’ll see them — and characters just like them — in future books by Ms. Broday.
Life is 10 percent made up of what happens to you. Everything else is how well you cope with the events. Don’t waste time being bitter. A mistake is not a life sentence. We learn, we grow, and we move on—hopefully as better people.
I’ve been waiting for Ridge’s story since Saving The Mail Order Bride and Once Upon a Mail Order Bride did not disappoint. This preacher-turned-outlaw’s back story is as fascinating as any of the others before him. So is Adeline’s. Their story consists of breathtaking action and slow fall into love. They not only try to escape from bounty hunters and vindictive fathers, but also from natural disasters. Ms. Broday spent a good bit of time having Ridge and Addie adjust to each other, gain each other’s trust, and develop their attraction to make their growing love believable. I’m happy that there’s neither instalove nor excessive push-and-pull.
There were updates on previous couples and storylines were tied up neatly, including those of minor characters and new people introduced to the community. A few of them might not have been necessary and could have been cut to tighten the story even more. While I didn’t agree with some of Ridge and Addie’s decisions and wasn’t entirely convinced with the about-face of some of the characters, I still really enjoyed this series-ender and recommend these books and other titles in Linda Broday’s backlist to lovers of historical western romance.
Huge thanks to Lone Star Lit and Ms. Broday for providing me with copies of these books I’m proud to display in my personal library.
4 out of 5 stars
I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty historical western romance novels and short stories. I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and early cowboys once roamed, and at times if the breeze is just right, I can hear their voices whispering in the wind. Texas’s rich history is one reason I set all my stories here where cowboys still remain caretakers of the land. I’m inspired every day by their immense dedication and love for the wide-open spaces. I combine those men with the love of family in all my stories and hope to continue to give readers books that entertain and fulfill.
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