Sorry for the lack of review posts lately -- was on summer holiday with my family, and we just got back yesterday. (Which is why this is also a day late. ^_^)
First, I'd like to highlight Delilah Marvelle's latest book, The Duke of Andelot, which is currently on a special promo price of $0.99 (US) and $2.99 (INT) until April 15:
About the book:
314 pages, 12 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.5 stars)
History just got sexy as hell ...
Long before becoming the flamboyant courtesan known to men as Madame de Maitenon, Thérèse Angelique Bouchard, dreamed of becoming an actress capable of commanding not only the stage but all of Paris. Until she meets an extraordinary aristocratic gentleman who sweeps her into his arms and the danger of his life, while offering her the sort of wealth she never imagined. What starts off as a seductive alliance, ends in her giving him the one thing she, as a mere bourgeoisie, cannot afford to give: her love.
After the murder of his older brothers, Gérard Antoine Tolbert, becomes the last heir to the powerful dukedom of Andelot, leaving him to fight for not only his life, but the allegiance he holds for the crown. During the final rise of the French Revolution that whispers of the violent change about to shake the entire country, Gérard meets an aspiring actress who introduces him into wanting more out of himself and life. In trying to protect her from their overly passionate alliance and those that want him dead, he must decide what matters most: his life or his heart.
Length: 102,000 words, full length
Sensuality level: Will scorch your kindle. Strong language and graphic sex scenes.
Setting: France, 1792 and London, 1830
This historical romance can be read as a stand-alone, but is part of a series.
SCHOOL OF GALLANTRY SERIES:
Book 1, Mistress of Pleasure
Book 2, Lord of Pleasure
Book 3, Lady of Pleasure
Book 4, Night of Pleasure
Book 5, Master of Pleasure
Book 6, Romancing Lady Stone
The FINALE, The Duke of Andelot
Here are this week's featured free and discounted historical romance novels found on Amazon:
About the novella:
180 pages, 190 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.3 stars)
Enjoy the laugh-out-loud first book in USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley's new Dukes of War regency romance series!
Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time -- he needs her!
When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia's guerrilla tactics, he's up to his cravat with tinsel ... and tumbling head over heels in love.
Regency-set Historical Romance Novella
The Dukes of War historical romance books in series order:
The Viscount's Christmas Temptation
The Earl's Defiant Wallflower
The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress
The Major's Faux Fiancee
Secrets of Midnight: A Marriage of Convenience Regency Romance (The Man of My Dreams Series Book 1) by Miriam Minger
About the book:
343 pages, 147 reviews (Average customer rating: 3.8 stars)
Two best friends make a secret pact not to wed anyone less than the man of their dreams in Miriam Minger's THE MAN OF MY DREAMS SERIES, Secrets of Midnight and My Runaway Heart!
If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found himself banished to the English countryside of Cornwall, forced by the decrees of his father's will to run his family's tin mines and find a country bride. The last thing the handsome lord needed was a local lass sticking her nose into his affairs, but that seemed to be exactly what the parson's daughter Corisande Easton had in mind.
About the book:
403 pages, 34 reviews (Average customer rating: 3.8 stars)
Lady Meredith Ann Merrick does not want to be tamed by a man.
Varian Morgan is a man no woman can resist.
Thrown together on a ship, will Varian’s charms conquer Meredith’s love of freedom?
Meredith is born at time when women have but two choices: marry or face social ruin. Determined to master her own fate when her father concocts a devious plan to force her into marriage; she takes matters into her own hands. She embarks on a foolhardy adventure to free herself from an impending marriage contract, only to find herself trapped by the mysterious and beguiling Varian Morgan.
Varian Morgan is a man of myth and legend. Known as much for his exploits with women, as for his for his piracy on the high seas; a vexing young girl, taken hostage in Cornwall, is no challenge for his prowess. When it becomes clear that she is hiding something from him, it only makes him more determined to ignore his desires and withhold from her the pleasures of his bed.
Trapped on a ship of men, the last thing Meredith anticipated was days at the mercy of a vile pirate crew and nights yearning for its captain.
When fierce arguments give way to fiery passion, is desire enough to make a girl determined to remain free of men, be willing captive in the bed of a sinister pirate, who is a master of seduction?
About the book:
238 pages, 23 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.3 stars)
A Regency retelling of Sleeping Beauty ...
"I release you ..." were the last words Rosalind remembered before her world went black. Stefan, the future duke of Montmouth, no doubt thought his words were welcomed but he couldn't have been more wrong. Oh, he was handsome as a pagan Norse god, but that was unimportant when her life as well as those of her family hung in the balance.
With less than six weeks left, Rosalind has stopped believing in the fairy tale, the prince on the white horse, and the stolen kiss that would awaken her from her worst nightmares. Resigned to her fate, she waits for the inevitable curse to run it’s course.
"We must marry at once!" Stefan declared, fully expecting Rosalind to be delighted that he had come to save her, but he was sorely mistaken. Rosalind was no simpering docile female; she was a fiery temptress with a stubborn streak only matched by his horse, Samson. Insulting, infuriating, intoxicating and alluring enough to drive a man mad. Stefan found himself thankful for the curse that required him marry her, thankful for the betrothal contract he had so recently tried to release her from ... With the fortitude of a sailor shipwrecked, abandoned, and a solider warring for his life Stefan decides to lay siege to the greatest prize, Rosalind's heart.
About the book:
384 pages, 114 reviews (Average customer rating: 3.9 stars)
He saved her life ...
When Annalise Hadley is tossed over the side of her honeymoon barge, the newly minted duchess knows she’s been left for dead -- for her husband’s only interest is in her vast dowry, not her muddied lineage. However, she didn’t count on a savior. Especially not an honorable, sinfully intriguing earl who will tempt her to risk everything -- again.
Now he will seduce her heart and soul.
A man with his own demons, Owen Crawford, the reclusive Earl of McDowell, is enchanted by the mysterious, courageous woman he rescued. He will help her heal, teach her to protect herself, and then send her away -- so that she’ll never see he’s far from the hero she believes him to be.
But days and nights alone prove that some secrets are meant to be discovered ... some desires are too powerful to resist ... and some wounds can be healed only by love.
***A number of Sophie Jordan's books (including 2 more books from her Forgotten Princeses series are also on sale for $0.99. Click here to visit her Author Page on Amazon.)
About the book:
307 pages, 24 reviews (Average customer review: 4.5 stars)
The House of Haverstock series, Book 2
Another of Cheryl Bolen's classic marriage-of-convenience stories
An innocent visit to the Duke of Aldridge's to request a donation for her war widows puts Lady Elizabeth Upton in the midst of a most shocking scandal ...
The Duke of Aldridge offers for his best friend's sister, Lady Elizabeth Upton, after a mix-up sends her to his bedchamber -- just as he's emerging from his bath. She most certainly does not want to force the duke's hand, but how can she bear the shame her scandalous behavior has cast upon her dear brother, the Marquess of Haverstock?
Once she agrees to marry her childhood heartthrob, Elizabeth realizes she wants nothing more than to win her husband's love. But capturing his heart is no easy task when former loves threaten to destroy the fragile bonds of their marriage.
About the book:
385 pages, 123 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.4 stars)
Romance sizzles in this Cinderella story set in Scotland, the first in a sparkling new spinoff series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins.
Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting -- and more -- with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Duchess Natasha decides it’s time for her grandson to wed, Alexsey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer -- she isn’t at all to the Duchess’s taste.
Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt -- no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So ... wouldn’t it be fun to turn his “game” upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees ...