Thursday, April 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition

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Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

Heart of Honor by Kat Martin, published December 2006

Krista Hart, publisher of the weekly London ladies' gazette Heart to Heart, is not afraid to speak her mind. Even on such unpopular issues as social reform—risking her reputation and her very safety -- Krista will not be intimidated, although she knows full well she is the target of angry opposition for her outspoken views.

When she encounters a powerful Viking descendant imprisoned as a local sideshow attraction, Krista angrily demands his release. Although she tells herself that freeing Leif Draugr is simply the right thing to do, she can't deny being attracted to the fierce Nordic chieftain, especially after her father transforms him into a "proper" English gentleman.

But as anonymous threats against Krista become more and more aggressive, it is Leif who must face the unseen enemies desperate to silence her, even as they push her closer into the embrace of a warrior prepared to do whatever it takes to make her his.

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Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Ki Pha of Doing Some Reading for their picks for Throwback Thursday.^_^

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Free and Discounted Historical Romance Novels

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Here are this week's free and discounted historical romances found on Amazon:

About the book:

425 pages, 319 reviews (Average customer review: 4.6 stars)

They know everything about each other -- except their real names.

Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she's never met -- even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence -- he's been trying to escape his infamous name for years.

As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?

Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing -- and true love.

About the book:

191 pages, 249 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.1 stars)

Tansy, left penniless by her late father, has been putting herself out as a governess to other people's brats for two years when she is somehow caught up in playing chaperone to a distant cousin, the sister of a duke, no less. Ashley Benedict, Duke of Avonall, is a man beleaguered. His grandmother is a terror, his sister a lovely but none-too-bright chit, his valet a superstitious twit, and his aunt Lucinda is ... well, odd. Now, Ashley has a new problem ... how to keep himself from falling for Tansy Tamerlane.

About the book:

184 pages, 195 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.4 stars)

WARNING: This book is Rated Double S (Sweaty & Sinful) and contains strong language and sexual content which may cause respectable people to swoon.

He believes in destiny. She just wants to survive it ...

At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.

Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is ... he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.

This quirky, sexy and scandalous Regency/Victorian Historical Romance is part of a series.

About the book:

419 pages, 44 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.3 stars)

Geoffrey de Lanceau is a knight, the son of the man who once ruled Wode. His noble sire died, however, branded as a traitor. But never will Geoffrey believe his father betrayed their king, and swears vengeance against the man who brought his sire down in a siege to take over Wode.

Lady Elizabeth Brackendale dreamed of marrying for love, but is promised by her father to a lecherous old baron. Then she is abducted and held for ransom by a scarred, tormented rogue who turns out to be the very knight who has sworn vengeance against her father.

The threads of deception sewn eighteen years ago bind the past and present. Only by Geoffrey and Elizabeth championing their forbidden love can the truth -- and the lies —- be revealed about a knight's vengeance.

About the book:

228 pages, 163 reviews (Average customer rating: 3.8 stars)

BOOK 1 of The CLEARBROOKS -- Including star-crossed lovers, secrets, spies and second chances ... “A Regency Historical Romance series by award-winning author Teresa McCarthy.”

The only daughter of a duke, Lady Emily Clearbrook was seventeen when she fell in love with the Earl of Stonebridge, but one day, he left her without a word. Now, three years later, the man mysteriously reappears and battles Emily's four brawny brothers to woo her again. But the bigger battle seems to be with Emily!

THE CLEARBROOKS – In this sweet historical romance series about a duke's family, suspenseful, inspirational, and heartwarming love stories bring the Regency period to life. As the tales unfold, the timeline soon turns to the edge of the Regency period while it prepares for the exciting Victorian Era.

About the book:

113 pages, 149 reviews (Average customer rating: 3.6 stars)

Will she be able to save him from himself?

Grace finds herself wed to a man who loathes her. She is shunned and exiled to the farthest corner of the land. It wouldn't hurt so much if he hadn't once been her best friend.

Thomas became a duke long before he was ready. Now he can't go anywhere without women trying to entrap him into marriage. He expected better from his childhood friend.

How can friendship, let alone marriage, thrive in the face of bitterness, suspicion and misunderstanding?
What's to be done when the hurtful choices made in anger have lasting consequences?

It takes a special kind of person to see past the pain to the beauty that lies beyond ...

About the book:

285 pages, 87 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.6 stars)

What really happened to the two young princes of York, who were held prisoner in the tower of London by their ambitious uncle following the death of their father, King Edward of York? Some think one son escaped and was later executed by King Henry VII when he returned to claim his rightful throne. But not before he sired a child. In, Under His Protection, the first in a new trilogy, Stacy Von Haegert artfully combines history, action, humor, and sizzling passion to provide a theory for one of England's greatest mysteries. The bloodline continues ...

LONDON 1838, Present day ... Title-hungry matrons of the upper class throw their daughters in Alexander's path. But the Duke of Ravenswood has no desire to give up his rakish, gaming lifestyle to get hitched. When the Kingston family from New Orleans enters London, however, Alex quickly finds himself unwittingly entangled. With her spirited personality and innocent aversion to all things proper. Greyland Kingston completely knocks him off his game.

The gossip fans flutter when Queen Victoria asks Greyland and her eldest brother, Perkin, to dance the scandalous Viennese Waltz at the Royal ball. Who is this family? How do they know the Queen? Why do they bear such a strong resemblence to the late King of York? Trouble ensues in the form of jealous women, ambitious men, and a vengeful Irish clan. Alexander quickly finds that having Greyland for his own will come at a steep price. He must risk everything to keep her protected.

About the book:

85 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.7 stars)

A gentleman by day ...

Phineas Betcham, Viscount Fenhurst is one of the country’s most eligible bachelors ... which -- to the heartbreak of each season’s new debutantes -- is the way he intends to keep it. Because the broodingly handsome Viscount has vowed to keep emotions out of the bedchamber. And he is a man who always stays true to his word.

So when Penelope Rosebery arrives at his home, impoverished and in need of help, Phin is every inch the gentleman. But, beneath the surface, Penelope stirs a protective and passionate instinct within him. With her untamed beauty and lack of social ties, she’s something of a wildflower -- delicate, spontaneous, and rare. And before long, Phineas finds himself tempted to abandon his rulebook ... and leave etiquette behind until daybreak.

Happy Reading~ 
Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston

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Following Julia Quinn and the idea of comfort reads, Jennifer McQuiston is another author whose books I can count on to lift up my spirits. I read Diary of an Accidental Wallflower when I was recovering from that procedure in early March and, in true Jennifer McQuiston fashion, for that one moment, I truly forgot my discomfort.

Clare Westmore is the most popular girl of this Season, and she has set her cap on Mr. Charles Alban, heir of the Duke of Harrington. All evidence points to Clare's receiving a proposal before the Season ends, and she is basking in the glory of her near-success.

Until she sprains her foot and is forced to sit out the rest of the Season.

In Jennifer McQuiston's latest offering, she explores the question: What happens to the popular girl when she is no longer popular? It's a relevant question even in our time where a person's value and identity is gauged by how well he/she is accepted in society.

Clare has successfully cultivated her image: she's perfected her conversation, her hair and clothes -- her whole self, in order to snag the most eligible bachelor of the Season. The accident literally sidelines Clare -- and she's finally able to see her social world from the outside in.

And what Clare discovers surprises her. It isn't as disastrous or terrible as she thought it would be. In fact, she finds that there are very good benefits to being a wallflower:

- she can be herself.
- she can see who her real friends are.
- she can keep company with Dr. Daniel Mercer

It's the third benefit that Clare enjoys the most -- but, like all good things, it comes at a price. Clare is the daughter of a viscount, and Daniel is a doctor who serves the Ton. The social divide is wide, and there's more that Clare needs to consider: her family is harboring a deep, dark, potentially-ruinous secret, and one social misstep might mean that the whole house of cards tumble down around Clare, her sister, her brother,and their parents. Marrying well (read: marrying Mr. Alban) would protect Clare and her family.

The gem of this story is Dr. Daniel Mercer. I love how down-to-earth and humble he is, and how he genuinely cared for Lady Austerely's well-being.

It had not escaped his notice that he was one of Lady Austerely's most frequent -- indeed, one of her only -- visitors. Her husband was long dead, and their forty year union had not been blessed with children. The cousin who had inherited her husband's title never came to call.
- Chapter 2

It's nice how McQuiston plays with the idea of "noble" and sharply contrasts the behaviour or nobility and one who answered a noble calling -- who is the truly noble one? Which one is more honourable? Is it the one who gained it by virtue of birth? Or the one who earned it?

The relationship that develops between Clare and Daniel is an enlightening one -- Clare learns so much about herself from Daniel. Daniel helps Clare understand her younger siblings better, and to understand herself better -- and to cure her of her snobbery. Daniel helps Clare realise that there is more to a person than a title and wealth

... "Honestly, Sophie, was it necessary to be so cruel? He's done naught to earn our ire."

"Oh, don't look so glum," Sophie chided. She flicked her fan open and fluttered it lazily below her green eyes. "Truly, the occasional set-down is the best thing all around for him. Have you forgotten the debacle last year, when he had the gall to think you might consider his proposal?" The air rang with her light laughter. "It isn't as though he should harbor hopes for anything beyond the occasional dance where we are concerned."

Clare held her tongue. It was true she had set her sights higher than a proposal from Meeks, but that did not mean she thought it was all right to snub him. There were some in the crowd who thought she should have accepted his proposal, her mother among them. After all, Mr. Meeks had an annual income of two thousand pounds and would one day be a viscount, the same title as her own father. There was potential there, to be sure.

But Sophie had decided, based on some unfathomable criteria only she knew, that Mr. Meeks was not within their sphere.
- Chapter 3

Which leads to the big question for Clare: about what she stands to gain and what she stands to lose if she pursues the relationship with Daniel. It is not a one-sided concern -- there's also a lot at stake for Daniel. Even before their first kiss, questions swirl about Daniel's intentions: is he a fortune-hunting social climber, who will use Clare to further his career? Will he lose his integrity as a doctor if he starts catering to the shallow whims of the titled class?

What seemed like a light and fluffy read now becomes a thoughtful discussion on class, family, and keeping up appearances. In the end, what makes this a wonderful read is how McQuiston balances commentary and romance. At the end of the day, by the final page, this is still a truly soul-satisfying, truly enjoyable love story.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition

Thank you to Shabby Blogs ( for the free frame!

Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

Her Norman Conqueror by Malia Martin, published 1998

A Desperate Nobleman

Aleene has steadfastly vowed never to enter into a forced marriage with the vile pawn who threatens to usurp power over her beloved Seabreeze Castle. But she never expected rescue could come in the virile form of a poacher caught roaming the estate. In one rash, rebellious act she marries this man.

A Divine Opportunity

But once the wedding vows are said, Alene begins to see Cynewulf, her husband, in all his golden splendor. With his mane of sun-drenched locks, Cynewulf is breathtakingly handsome and his hands work magic on her in ways she never believed possible. Yet how could Aleene ever have known that the unexpected passion joining her with this man, who she has come to know as her soul mate, will lead her into a more treacherous game ... one she can only win through the power of an all-encompassing love?

This is Malia Martin's debut novel, published in 1998. She went on to publish 3 more books, with her latest book published in 2002.

To find out more about Malia Martin and her books, click below:

Author's Page at Harper Collins

Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance and Ki Pha of Doing Some Reading for their picks for Throwback Thursday.^_^

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn

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I see Hugo Prentiss as the linchpin for this series. He is the vital first piece that set into motion the series of events that led to Daniel's exile to the Continent, and his subsequent return, and Honoria, Daniel's sister, finding her happy ending with their friend, Marcus Holroyd.

As this is the third book in the series, we've already formed a bit of Hugo's image in our minds, and we need to decide if he is a character to forgive and accept. This is the same challenge that faces Sarah Pleinsworth, who saw how that drunken challenge broke apart her cousin's family, but Hugo was also damaged by his own actions -- his leg is permanently injured. Sarah is conflicted. She likes Hugo, but she feels obligated to hate him because of what he did -- but, there's also a part of her that sympathizes with Hugo, who seems to be holding the world together.

"You do not know me," he bit off. "You do not know what I think or what I feel or what measure of hell I visit each and every day of my life. And the next time you feel so wronged -- you, who do not even bear the same surname as Lord Winstead -- you would do well to remember that one of the lives I have ruined is my own."
- p. 69

In a sense, he is: Hugo's father, the Marquess of Ramsgate, continues to threaten Daniel's existence, and ever since the incident, Hugo has been doing penance for the fool-hardy duel. He doesn't see his actions as forgivable, or himself as redeemable -- so he set himself out as a sacrificial lamb to please his father (and protect Daniel).

This novel shows the contrast between two families: the Smythe-Smiths and the Prentisses. Hugo's father "loves" Hugo, but it's an oppressive and suffocating kind of "affection" -- the attachment of Hugo's father with Hugo reminded me of Annie Wilkes in Stephen King's Misery. He's become so hyper-focused on Hugo (and the family legacy) that he has become blind to everything else. He also cannot forgive or accept Freddie, Hugo's older brother (and his actual heir). The Smythe-Smiths, on the other hand, are such an open and forgiving family, as evidenced by their instant acceptance of (and sincere joy in) Daniel's marriage to the Smythe-Smith cousins' former governess. They are a family so loving and caring, that they have accepted Daniel's decision to rekindle his friendship with Hugo, and everyone is doing their best to help make Hugo feel welcome.

It's love taken to both extreme ends of the spectrum -- the dark, obsessive side is shown by Hugo's father, and the brighter, happier side is represented by the Smythe-Smiths.

Sarah is likeable, but a lot of who she is is so tied up in the Smythe-Smith quartet, and this is the one very small problem that I saw in the novel: Julia Quinn is so intent in showing the allure and humour of the Quartet that she doesn't fully realise the potential of Hugo's story. There's so much to be explored in this enemies-to-lovers story, and there's just such wonderful promise in Hugo and Sarah's characters, and to their story, but it isn't explored as deeply.

I have to say, though, that the parts that Quinn chose to tackle were done very well. I particularly appreciated the conversations between Sarah and Hugo -- and you could see the gradual change in their opinion of each other.

Even if their first meeting hadn't been a mind-numbingly mad disaster, they would never have been friends. Sarah Pleinsworth was one of those dramatic females given to hyperbole and grand announcements. Hugh did not normally study the speech patterns of others, but when Lady Sarah spoke, it was difficult to ignore her. She used far too many adverbs. And exclamation points.
- p. 34

* * *

"Forgive me," he said stiffly. "I was of the opinion that you thought my suffering was no more than I deserve."

Her lips parted, and he could practically see his statement running through her mind. Her discomfort was palpable, until finally she said, "I may have felt that way, and I cannot imagine I will ever bring myself to think charitably of you, but I am trying to be a less ..." She stopped, and her head moved awkwardly as she sought words. "I am trying to be a better person," she finally said. "I do not wish you pain."

His brows rose. This was not the Sarah Pleinsworth with whom he was familiar.

"But I don't like you," she suddenly blurted.

Ah. There she was. ...
- p. 133

(I still don't understand the Iris/Daisy angle and why she was so intent in getting a quartet together to play.) I did fall in love with Sarah's younger sister, Frances, and would love to read about her in a future Julia Quinn book.

"Sarah doesn't believe in unicorns, either," Frances said. "None of my sisters do." She gave a sad little sigh. "I am quite alone in my hopes and dreams."

Hugh watched Sarah roll her eyes, then said, "I have a feeling, Lady Frances, that the only thing you are alone in is being showered with the love and devotion of your family."

"Oh, I'm not alone in that," Frances said brightly, "although as the youngest, I do enjoy certain benefits."
- p. 126

While I was thinking about this review, it dawned on me that there is an innate optimism in all of Julia Quinn's stories. As I reader, I always feel assured that, when I start reading a Julia Quinn book, I know I will enjoy the experience. I also feel assured that everything will work out for her characters in the end. Beyond the optimism, a sense of joy also seems to be hard-wired in Julia Quinn -- and it filters through in her characters. You just can't help but smile when you read about Sarah and her sisters, and their entire family, for that matter. Her books are a true comfort read.

The Sum of All Kisses is Book 3 in Julia Quinn's Smythe-Smith Quartet. To find out more about Julia Quinn and her books, click below:
Sunday, April 19, 2015

Free and Discounted Historical Romance Novels

Hi, all!

Here are this week's featured free and discounted historical romance novels:

About the book:
416 pages, 69 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.5 stars)

Colin Thorne finds his way out of a London workhouse but at the cost of losing his two younger brothers. With an uncertain future ahead of him, Colin makes seafaring his life until the inexorable pull of revenge draws him back to London. The debt owed to him by the Earl of Weybourne will be paid.

Weybourne Park has been Mercedes Leydon's home her entire life. Now serving as the estate's manager and caretaker of her uncle's two children, Mercedes knows the earl's frequent absences are what make Weybourne Park a home.

But the earl's gaming has taken its toll and she and her young cousins are faced with losing everything to a devil-of-a-stranger calling in a debt that can't be paid.

Casting caution aside, Mercedes will make a new bargain with this devil. If it's her soul he wants -- or her body -- she will give it to him and stake her own claim on his steadfast heart.

About the book:
309 pages, 70 reviews (Average customer rating: 4 stars)

When Henry Cavendish, Marquess of Dalton, leapt to catch the fainting woman before she hit the cobblestone, he never thought that one chivalrous act would set his well ordered life on end. His ingrained need to protect her has every bit as much to do with her enchanting beauty as it does his desire to wipe the hunted look from her startling blue eyes. He thinks he has everything in hand, but the lady has secrets that put everything he loves at risk.

Olivia Goldsleigh just wants to live without terror, but a gunshot in the night proves things can always get worse. The beautiful and god-like Lord Dalton swears to protect her, to make the danger go away. She wants the man, the life, the family, the bliss he promises, but her secrets are certain to destroy them all.

About the book:
340 pages, 89 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.4 stars)

Edward Crawdon, Duke of Hartridge is being forced by his slightly overbearing, but loving mother to spend time with her old friends at their estate in Ireland. He is not aware but a contract exists between the two families that states Edward must marry their eldest daughter. On the day of his arrival Edward, who is yet to be made aware of the contract, meets Lady Rebecca, Caroline’s younger sister under very unusual circumstances. Edward cannot stop thinking about Lady Rebecca but she is completely unsuited to being a duchess. However, she becomes rather a toast of the Ton and Edward realises that he cannot stand idly by and watch Rebecca marry someone else. He cannot marry her but does not want her to marry anyone else! Ultimately, Edward must decide; will he admit his true feelings for Rebecca? Will he defy his responsibilities and duties, his idea of a “proper” duchess and follow his heart?

About the book:
224 pages, 11 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.3 stars)

Following the death of her parents, Miss Cassandra "Cassie" Richards returns to England, and accepts Lady Royce's invitation to Cornwall.

Upon arriving at the 500-year-old Royce Castle complete with secret rooms and friendly ghosts, Cassie encounters Lady Royce's son Phillip, the bookish and painfully reserved Earl of Royce.

A man of logic and order, Phillip has no patience for Miss Cassandra's frivolous notions of ghosts and hauntings.

Fortunately, there're a couple of loving spirits willing to give the couple a helping hand.

About the book:
310 pages, 29 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.7 stars)

Lady Madelaine Aldridge might be the worst lady-in-waiting to ever grace King George III’s court. An oddball who prefers archery to embroidery and honesty to deception, she earns the dislike of the Queen, the cruelty of the other ladies-in-waiting and the advances of a lecherous fiend who wants to possess her body. Her father demands she find a proper husband -- a task that seems hopeless until Lord Grey Adlard rides into court.

Grey Adlard lives up to his reputation as a dangerously handsome rake when he proposes Madelaine meet him in the stables for a tumble. Yet when she needs a protector the most, Grey offers his services and vows he wants to court her. Wary yet intrigued by the mystery he presents, Madelaine slowly allows Grey to capture her confidence and then her heart.

Things seem perfect until her father is imprisoned for plotting against the King and Madelaine learns Grey is not who he pretends. As King George III sinks deeper into insanity, Madelaine must prove her father’s innocence in order to save his life. With the future of England hanging in the balance and a ruthless murderer hunting them Grey and Madelaine engage in a clash of wills and a battle fraught with suspicion, secrets, betrayal and two hearts that cannot deny the impossible, irresistible love between them.

About the collection:
495 pages, 1 review (Average customer rating: 5 stars)
*Released April 14, 2015

Three Hiatt Regency Classics in one value-priced collection!

Brenda Hiatt’s first three traditional Regency romances for your reading pleasure. This collection contains:
Gabriella ~ A lost wager obliges the Duke of Ravenham to bring a pretty little nobody from the country into fashion for the London Season. That irksome duty turns into something quite different as he falls under the spell of his protege’s innocent charm.

The Cygnet ~ Miss Deirdre Wheaton would rather write poetry than make her London debut until she meets the dashing Marquis of Wrotham and Cupid's arrow strikes. She transforms herself to attract him, only to learn he apparently has an aversion to her first love, poetry! Is all lost?

Lord Dearborn’s Destiny ~ After a fortuneteller prophesies a statuesque blonde as his perfect match, the skeptical Lord Dearborn is abruptly convinced upon meeting just such a woman. Blinded by her beauty, he barely notices her cousin, a lively, witty brunette. Though he has more in common with the petite and impoverished Ellie O’Day than the divine Miss Rosalind, she is not in his style at all. Will his eyes be opened in time to his true Destiny?

About the book:
352 pages, 88 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.2 stars)

New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney continues her stunning Lost Lords series with this stirring, sensual story of a rebellious nobleman drawn to a lovely widow with a shocking past.

As the sole remaining heir to the Earl of Daventry, Alexander Randall knows his duty: find a wife and sire a son of his own. The perfect bride for a man in his position would be a biddable young girl of good breeding. But the woman who haunts his imagination is Julia Bancroft -- a village midwife with a dark secret that thrusts her into Randall's protection.

Within the space of a day, Julia has been abducted by her first husband's cronies, rescued, and proposed to by a man she scarcely knows. Stranger still is her urge to say yes. A union with Alexander Randall could benefit them both, but Julia doubts she can ever trust her heart again, or the fervent desire Randall ignites. Yet perhaps only a Lost Lord can show a woman like Julia everything a true marriage can be ...

About the book:
417 pages, 89 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.4 stars)

The Rake

Reginald Davenport, disinherited, disgraced, alcoholic, is headed for a bad end. New Earl of Wargrave gives him Strickland, the ancestral estate his uncle took illegally.

The Reformer

Lady Alys Weston fled wealth and title, fell into managing Strickland, caring for three unrelated former students. Reggie wakes her passions.

About the book:
385 pages, 455 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.7 stars)

New York Times bestseller Eloisa James's fabulous new novel!

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized fa├žade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only one thing that will make India his.

The one thing Thorn can't afford to lose -- his fierce and lawless heart.

About the book:
240 pages, 2 reviews (Average customer rating: 5 stars)

He's a tradesman; she's a marchioness. They have only one thing in common ...

Having married once out of desperation, the Virgin Widow Lady Belden has no intention of giving up her independence ... until her long-lost siblings arrive on her doorstep. By law their guardianship belongs to the power-hungry marquess of Belden, but Bell will defy law and society to keep her newly reunited family together.

Formidable in trade, unlucky in love, Lord Quentin Hoyt has eyed Lady Bell from afar -- not just because she possesses the family fortune, but because she’s the most desirable woman he’s ever met. Now that the widowed Bell is ripe for seduction, the shrewd Scotsman is prepared to negotiate the business merger of his lifetime.

Who will be the victor when the imperial Lady Bell engages the clever Lord Quentin in a battle of wits over life, lust, and love?

Happy Reading~ 


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