Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: The Madness of Lord Westfall by Mia Marlowe

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I really enjoyed the first book in Mia Marlowe's Order of the Muse series, and I've been waiting for the second book to come out. When it did, I was able to muster a bit of willpower and waited for the third book to come out, because, I knew that, after reading Pierce's book, I would want to read the third book IMMEDIATELY -- and, that's exactly what happened.

In terms of "superpowers", many would think Pierce Langdon, Lord Westfall, has a really great one: his ability allows him to hear people's deepest darkest thoughts. I could think of a million ways that Pierce could use his talent to take advantage of people, but, in reality, Pierce sees what he has as a great burden, and he's had to train with the Duke of Camden in order to build a wall to block out the invasion of other people's thoughts.

Pierce is such a great character -- he spent most of his formative and adult years locked away in Bedlam, and, before that, he lived in the countryside, so he hasn't really had any real experience of the outside world. Ever since he was liberated from Bedlam by the Duke of Camden, Pierce has worked with MUSE within the safe confines of their house/headquarters. But now Pierce is needed in the field, to locate an object with psychical powers, that the Duke suspects will be used against the Prince Regent. It's a rare, and unwanted, moment for Pierce, who is happy to live away from people -- but, he knows he owes the Duke his life, and so he risks succumbing to madness and ventures out to help MUSE with its latest mission.

Pierce finds himself inside the mind of Lady Nora Claremont, a famed courtesan.

This is where it gets very interesting, because Pierce has had no previous knowledge of Nora, he sees and accepts her without any prejudice or regard for the past. For Nora, this is a godsend: for the first time in her life, someone is seeing her beyond her youthful mistakes and her tarnished reputation. At the same time, Nora, while a member of the aristocracy, but has long been exiled from it, had never heard of Pierce, or of his life. Maybe it's a strange choice of words to describe a "madman" and a courtesan, but there's a heartbreaking innocence to their encounter. It is a clean slate for both our hero and heroine, and a chance for them to show the other their real identity.

... "Have I offended you in some way, sir?"

If not, it wasn't for lack of trying. Something about him made her uncomfortable. She'd be just as happy if this man left Albemarle's party. He wasn't the jovial sort Benedick Albemarle usually cultivated at his routs.

"No, you've given me no cause for offense. Though I suspect the world has offended you more than once," he said. "I am sorry for it. You deserve a full measure of respect."

That took her aback. While she was arguably the most sought after high-flyer in London, no one had ever cared if they offended her.
- loc 204 - 215

It's innocent meets jaded, as Pierce disarms Nora with his earnestness. Nora has never met anyone like Pierce, who genuinely appreciates her and talking to her. Most men of her acquaintance only want one thing from her. It's a challenge for Pierce not to listen to Nora's thoughts -- again, this is a testament to Pierce's heart -- he could easily just read her mind and become her ideal person. But he would rather try on his own, without the use of his powers. I loved imagining the delight in a new beginning, a fresh start, for both of them. In Pierce's case, it was a revelation to him that he could be with someone, and that someone could love and accept him -- "madness" and all. It is rare in historical romances for the hero to be the one to discover love for the first time, but that is the case with Pierce -- and it is a breathtaking moment.

Nora looked up, aware that most men loved to catch a woman in this state. She was wearing half-dress, her hair unbound, her expression appropriately dewy-eyed and hopeful after supposedly letting Byron's lush verses surge over her.

"Hullo, Westfall," she said.

"Your book is upside down."

"Oh!" She laid it aside as quickly as if it were a viper.

"But you looked lovely pretending to read it. I assume that was the point, so, well done."
- loc 1076 to 1086

But things were never easy for Pierce or Nora, who have had to fight to survive up to this point, so it comes as no surprise that their own relationship would prove to be a seemingly insurmountable struggle: Nora is in an arrangement with Lord Albemarle, and Pierce is investigating him. The weakest part of the story is the psychical object, which is Fides Pulvis, which allows the user to control whoever consumes the powder.

"Trust Powder. One pinch and whoever takes it from me will believe whatever I tell them is gospel. Damned handy thing in the right hands."
- loc 545

The plan is to slip some in the Prince Regent's drink, and then control his decision regarding the ..., which would, therefore, extend the armed conflict between France and England. Part of me wasn't convinced that the truth powder was a game changer, if it was ever used on the King. Maybe it's a lack of explanation or history/backstory on the powder -- but, it just felt, harmless to me. But, it does create a very complex test of love and loyalty for the characters in the story: Nora loves Pierce and wants to help him, but she understands Lord Albemarle's situation and why he has the Fides Pulvis. It's a crisis of priorities and sides, and it falls on Pierce to make the correct judgments -- he is in an intimate position to know Nora's thoughts, but does he have to share these discoveries with the Duke of Camden? Is his love for Nora greater than the needs of his country?

But the Sensory Extraordinaires believed that it would change the tides of history, and they all put themselves on the line in order to locate it. Mia Marlowe uses Pierce's story to develop Meg Anthony's story a bit. She's a "finder" and little else is known of her -- Marlowe delves a little bit deeper into her history and explains her abilities a little bit more. (Yes, when I finished Pierce's book, I immediately started reading Meg's book.)

What I love about this series is this: while the stories have a touch of paranormal in them, Marlowe uses it as a vehicle to highlight the very, very human needs and wants of the Sensory Extraordinaires. Lord Stanstead needed to feel hope, Lord Westfall needed to feel wanted and accepted, the Duke of Camden needs closure, and Vesta needs the Duke's love.

The Madness of Lord Westfall is Book 2 of the Order of the MUSE series by Mia Marlowe. To find out more about Mia and her books, click below:


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Free and Discounted Historical Romance Novels

I hope everyone is having a restful weekend! My hometown is celebrating the Dinagyang Festival, and the city is packed with people! It's actually my first time to see the celebration up close (usually, we just watch it on television or on a live-stream), and it's really exciting!

Here's this week's featured free and discounted historical romance novels, and I'll start with the special pre-order price for Anna Campbell's new novella, Tempting Mr. Townsend, Book 2 in her Dashing Widows series of novellas.

Tempting Mr. Townsend (Dashing Widows) by Anna Campbell
$0.99 on Amazon, release date: February 27, 2016

About the novella:

Beauty -- and the Beast?

When rough diamond Anthony Townsend, who also happens to be one of the richest men in England, bursts into Lady Fenella’s house and demands she hand over his runaway nephew, this dashing widow embarks on a breathtaking adventure that might just end in exciting new love.

Beauty ...

Fenella, Lady Deerham, has rejoined society after five years of mourning her beloved husband’s death at Waterloo. Now she’s fĂȘted as a diamond of the first water and London’s perfect lady. But beneath her exquisite exterior, this delicate blond beauty conceals depths of courage and passion nobody has ever suspected. When her son and his school friend go missing, she vows to find them whatever it takes. Including setting off alone in the middle of the night with high-handed bear of a man, Anthony Townsend. Will this tumultuous journey end in more tragedy? Or will the impetuous quest astonish this dashing widow with a breathtaking new love, and life with the last man she ever imagined?

And the Beast?

When Anthony Townsend bursts into Lady Deerham’s fashionable Mayfair mansion demanding the return of his orphaned nephew, the lovely widow’s beauty and spirit turn his world upside down. But surely such a refined and aristocratic creature will scorn a rough, self-made man’s courtship, even if that man is now one of the richest magnates in England. Especially after he’s made such a woeful first impression by barging into her house and accusing her of conniving with the runaways. But when Fenella insists on sharing the desperate search for the boys, fate offers Anthony a chance to play the hero and change her mind about him. Will reluctant proximity convince Fenella that perhaps Mr. Townsend isn’t so beastly after all? Or now that their charges are safe, will Anthony and Fenella remain forever opposites fighting their attraction?

And here are the rest of this week's featured selection. Happy Reading~

Upon A Midnight Dream (London Fairy Tales Book 1) by Rachel Van Dyken
FREE on Amazon

About the book:

238 pages, 90 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.1 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.

Black Falcon's Lady (Celtic Rogues Book 1) by Kimberly Cates
FREE on Amazon

About the book:

410 pages, 32 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.3 stars)

Formerly published by Berkley Books as NIGHTWYLDE~

An unloved English heiress ...

When shy Maryssa Wylder refuses an arranged marriage, her father exiles her to his isolated holdings in Ireland, a hell he claims is populated by savages eager to slit English throats. On her journey, she is robbed by the Black Falcon, an Irish highwayman who curses all with the Wylder name. A brigand he may be, yet she can’t forget the way he looks at her -- his dangerous passion piercing her lonely heart.

A dispossessed Irish prince ...

Tade Kilcannon has every right to hate the Wylders. Though his ancestors were Irish kings, the English have stolen his birthright, giving it to Bainbridge Wylder, a ruthless English overlord who drives the Irish crofters from their homes. Though the people of the glen think Tade Kilcannon is a rakehell, in truth, he is the Black Falcon, a masked patriot who bedevils the English. But this rogue’s heart is untouched until Maryssa Wylder saves his family from marauding soldiers.

A love worth defying two worlds ...

Maryssa blossoms because of Tade’s tenderness, but he knows that to love the English daughter of his family’s great enemy is impossible. Then disaster strikes the glen, throwing Tade’s fate and the future of those he protects into Maryssa’s hands. Maryssa faces a heart-wrenching choice, one which may cost her the very life of the man she loves.

My Dearest Enemy: A Loveswept Classic Romance by Connie Brockway
$0.99 on Amazon
About the book:

386 pages, 80 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.4 stars)

Connie Brockway’s novel of unexpected love begins with a series of letters between a world-weary adventurer and the beautiful suffragette whose passion calls him home.

“Dear Mr. Thorne, For the next five years, I will profitably manage this estate. I will deliver to you an allowance and I will prove that women are just as capable as men.” Lillian Bede is shocked when she is tapped to run the affairs of an exquisite country manor. But she accepts the challenge, taking the opportunity to put her politics into practice. There’s only one snag: Lily’s ward, the infuriating, incorrigible globe-trotter Avery Thorne.

“My Dear Miss Bede, Forgive me if I fail to shudder. Pray, do whatever you bloody well want, can, or must.” Avery’s inheritance is on hiatus after his uncle dies -- and his childhood home is in the hands of some domineering usurper. But when he finally returns, Avery finds that his antagonist is not at all what he expected. In fact, Lily Bede is stunning, exotic, provocative -- and impossible to resist.

Taming Her Forbidden Earl (Lady Lancaster Garden Society Book 1) by Catherine Hemmerling
$0.99 on Amazon
About the book:

175 pages, 29 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.1 stars)

Everyone knows William Bredon, the earl of Pembroke, has a reputation as a captivating rogue, determined to never marry until his duty to produce an heir requires it. So when he invites Lady Hannah Rochester to dance, Hannah vows to keep her distance. But the undeniably gorgeous William, with his dark humor and seductive gaze, draws her in nonetheless. Of course, Lady Hannah is not completely what she seems, either. A member of the dowager Lady Lancaster's Garden Society, she secretly spends her days solving mysteries and uncovering intrigues, and when she brings William into the fold, a sinister plot develops that brings the two closer together. William's protective nature ensures he remains by Hannah's side, but he will not surrender his anti-marriage stance. Can intrigue, passion, and maybe even a little bit of scandal reform the most notorious of rakes?

An English Bride in Scotland (Highlander Book 1) by Lynsay Sands
$1.99 on Amazon

About the book:

389 pages, 211 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.3 stars)

From New York Times bestselling author of The Husband Hunt, The Heiress, and other beloved historical romances, comes Lynsay Sands’s An English Bride in Scotland, the first book in a new series set in the wilds of the Highlands.

Annabel had planned to become a nun. But when her mother arrives at the Abbey to bring her home to marry a Scottish laird -- her runaway sister’s intended husband -- her life takes a decidedly different turn.

And though Annabel isn’t the wife he’d planned for, strong, sexy Ross McKay is taken with his shy, sweet bride.

Annabel knows nothing about being a wife, running a castle -- or the marriage bed. But her handsome new husband makes her want to learn. When Annabel’s life is threatened, Ross vows to move the highlands itself to save her and preserve the passion that’s only beginning to bloom.

Lover Be Mine: A Legendary Lovers Novel by Nicole Jordan
$1.99 on Amazon

About the book:

354 pages, 61 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.0 stars)

As the wickedly seductive Wilde cousins seek true love by taking a page from history’s legendary love stories, Lord Jack Wilde plays a determined Romeo courting an enchanting Juliet.

The last thing Sophie Fortin expects at a masquerade ball is a dazzling kiss from a pirate. Her desire quickly falters when she learns that her masked gentleman is devilishly scandalous Lord Jack, a member of the captivating Wilde clan -- and a man she’s forbidden to acknowledge. But when Jack begins a breathtaking seduction, Sophie can barely resist.

Jack never imagined that the daughter of his family’s mortal enemy would awaken such fierce passion within him -- until one unforgettable kiss changes his mind forever. Soon, Jack is hell-bent on winning Sophie’s hand, going so far as to abduct her to save her from marrying a rival nobleman. Determined to woo Sophie and her unyielding parents, Jack is faced with the one decision he’d sworn never to make. The secret heir to a prince, Jack has spurned his royal heritage for years ... but for Sophie he’ll risk all to turn a legacy of heartbreak into love ever after.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (Featuring: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke)

Thank you to Shabby Blogs (http://shabbyblogs.com/) for the free frame!

Happy Throwback Thursday, everyone!

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.

Blurb: (from the Goodreads page)
Supremely sensible Emmaline Dove wishes to share her etiquette expertise with London's readers, and as secretary to Viscount Marlowe, Emma knows she's in the perfect position to make her dream come true. Marlowe might be a rake with a preference for can-can dancers and an aversion to matrimony, but he is also the city's leading publisher, and Emma is convinced he's her best chance to see her work in print...until she discovers the lying scoundrel has been rejecting her manuscripts without ever reading a single page!

As a publisher, Harry finds reading etiquette books akin to slow, painful torture. Besides, he can't believe his proper secretary has the passion to write anything worth reading. Then she has the nerve to call him a liar, and even resigns without notice, leaving his business in an uproar and his honor in question. Harry decides it's time to teach Miss Dove a few things that aren't proper. But when he kisses her, he discovers that his former secretary has more passion and fire than he'd ever imagined, for one luscious taste of her lips only leaves him hungry for more.

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Review: Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke

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Jack Featherstone is related to Belinda Featherstone (When the Marquess Met His Match) by marriage, and, when I read about him in Bel's book, I was intrigued by this young lord who had spent most of his adult life away from London. He's the younger son, and has a tarnished reputation ... but, every interaction he had with Bel showed me that there was something more about him.

Which is why I'm a bit confused with the direction of his own story. It begins with a revenge plot that has been brewing since the second book, and while Jack isn't the aggrieved party, loyalty and honor dictates that he be the one to carry out the plan to avenge Stuart's wife, Edie. I can imagine how difficult it would for a reader, new to the series, to jump into it from this book, as the basis for it is found in the previous books.

If the revenge angle of the story was set aside, I think it would have preserved a bit of Jack's moral integrity (not just as a character, but as the hero). Linnet and Jack's story is actually pretty good: Linnet is an American and an heiress, who has done the rounds of London Society and has now returned home to America, wary of the insincerity of the titled, but penniless members of the Ton. She's determined to make a match in America, and, it seems that she is about to get her wish. Her long-time friend, Frederick Van Hausen, whom she has loved and admired, has finally taken notice of her -- and it seems he has marriage in mind.

But Jack Featherstone just pops in at all the wrong moments ... because Linnet's almost-intended is the man he and his friends are trying to destroy. Yes, they have very good reason for their actions, but I didn't think their methods of doing so were honorable. (In a nutshell: they lured Van Hausen into investing in a dud company, and then pulled the rug from under him.) Plus, Linnet got caught in the crossfire -- and no one ever bothers to explain it to her.

The problem with Jack is that he can't shake off his past or his family's debts, so, when Linnet confronts him about his intentions towards her money, he can't easily say that he's willing to give it up. Because he honestly needs it to help him rebuild his family's fortunes. It's a tricky question: what is the difference between a fortune hunter, and one who needs to marry for money?

... "I am not a fortune hunter."

"No?" Her eyes met his, a dare in their cool blue depths. "Then refuse my dowry. Right here, right now."

By God, he'd have liked to. At this moment, there was nothing he'd have enjoyed more than throwing her oodles of American money in her perfect American teeth. But as tempting as it was, he couldn't do it. Marriage brought responsibilities he couldn't fulfill without money, and he had just enough of an income to support himself. Without a marriage settlement, how would he support her? How could he provide her with a decent home, take care of their children?
- loc 1181

I really wanted to love this book, because I'm such a big fan of Laura Lee Guhrke, and I've enjoyed the first two books of the series, but this one just fell a bit short for me.

Catch a Falling Heiress is Book 3 of Laura Lee Guhrke's An American Heiress in London series. To find out more about Laura Lee Guhrke and her books, click below:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Free and Discounted Historical Romance Novels

The Marquess of Cake (Redcakes Book 1) by Heather Hiestand
FREE on Amazon

About the book:

254 pages, 140 reviews (Average customer rating: 4 stars)

Coffee ... tea ... or a pastry chef sweeter than any confection ...

Scotch trifle fit for Queen Victoria, scones with clotted cream ... Alys Redcake knows the way to a man's heart. Yet she is unaware that with each morsel -- and flash of ankle -- she is seducing the handsome marquess frequenting her father's tea shop. Unmarried at twenty-six, Alys's first love is the family business. But thoughts of the gentleman's touch are driving her to distraction ...

With his weakness for sugar, the Marquess of Hatbrook can imagine no more desirable woman than one scented with cake and spice. Mistaking Alys for a mere waitress, he has no doubt she would make a most delicious mistress. And when he finds himself in need of an heir, he plans to make her his convenient bride. Yet as they satisfy their craving for one another, business and pleasure suddenly collide. Will Hatbrook's passion for sweets -- and for Alys -- be his heart's undoing?

Mask of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles Book 1) by Julie Brannan
FREE on Amazon

About the book:

394 pages, 13 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.8 stars)

Following the death of their father, Beth’s brother Richard returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth’s hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meagre inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. And he will stop at nothing to get his way.

Beth is coerced into a reconciliation with her noble cousins in order to marry well and escape her brutal brother. She is then thrown into the glittering social whirl of Georgian high society and struggles to conform. The effeminate but witty socialite Sir Anthony Peters offers to ease her passage into society and she is soon besieged by suitors eager to get their hands on her considerable dowry. Beth, however, wants love and passion for herself, and to break free from the artificial life she is growing to hate. She finds herself plunged into a world where nothing is as it seems and everyone hides behind a mask. Can she trust the people professing to care for her?

The first in the series about the fascinating lives of beautiful Beth Cunningham, her family and friends during the tempestuous days leading up to the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which attempted to overthrow the Hanoverian King George II and restore the Stuarts to the British throne.

Join the rebellion of one woman and her fight for survival in ...

The Jacobite Chronicles.

Belle of the Ball: Three Graces Trilogy, Book 1 by Pam McCutcheon
FREE on Amazon

About the book:

320 pages, 46 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.4 stars)

Beauty, Charm, and Grace -- something the nouveau-riche Sullivan sisters of Colorado Springs lack. But a wish at a magical rock formation is about to change all that, in a most a-MUSE-ing way ...

The three Sullivan sisters, named for the Three Graces of Greek legend who embody beauty, charm and grace, don’t live up to their names. Belle is no beauty. Charisma lacks charm. And Grace is somewhat less than graceful. But this doesn't deter their ambitious mother from bribing three bachelors to escort them to Colorado Springs’ beautiful Garden of the Gods.

When the girls overhear their escorts mocking how little they resemble their names, each girl makes a wish at the magical Three Graces rock formation. Belle wishes aloud for beauty, but only so she can use it as a weapon to punish the cads who hurt her sisters. Her true wish is for revenge.

Handsome viscount Kit Stanhope regrets his rude remarks and apologizes to Belle. He’s surprised when she tells him that's not enough. If he truly regrets his behavior, he has to make her beautiful in time for the Founders’ Day Ball. Kit isn’t sure he’s up to the task. But, intrigued by the spirited Belle, he agrees to assist her transformation from an ugly duckling into a swan with the help of a mysterious Greek dressmaker with muse-like qualities.

Unfortunately, Belle makes a rather awkward swan. Still, after a few embarrassing escapades, she masters the flirtatious language of the fan and takes the town known as Little London by storm. Belle soon finds herself falling for the viscount and his sinful mouth. It seems he returns her regard, but she can’t renege on her promise to humiliate him ... can she?

Will her secret muse grant the wish she voiced ... or the one she holds in her heart?

Note to readers: This title was originally published in 2003 by Zebra Ballad.

Rules for a Lady (A Lady's Lessons, Book 1) by Jade Lee
$0.99 on Amazon

About the book:

226 pages, 75 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.2 stars)

If a lady is to become a Countess, there are rules ...

#1: A lady does not attempt to come out in London society disguised as her deceased half-sister.

#2: A lady does not become enamored of her guardian; even when his masterful kisses and whispered words of affection tempt her beyond all endurance.

#3: A lady may not climb barefoot from her bedroom onto a rose trellis, nor engage in fisticuffs with riffraff even if it is to rescue street urchins.

#4: No matter how impossible the odds, a lady always gives her hand and her heart -- though not necessarily in that order -- to the one man who sees her as she truly is and loves her despite her flagrant disobedience of the rules for a lady.

Isle of the Blessed by Suzan Tisdale
$0.99 on Amazon

About the book:

208 pages, 24 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.5 stars)

"Trust is the most important thing between husband and wife. If you cannot trust your husband with your heart, your life, or your love, nothing else matters ... only give the sword to your husband if you can trust him with all these things."

As a child, Josephine MacAdams had dutifully memorized her mother’s words even if she didn’t quite understand what they meant. For years, Josephine kept the secrets handed down through generations of DeReyne women. Now that her betrothed of more than four years has finally come for her, she must decide if he is not only worthy of her heart, but also of the ancient sword. Will Graeme MacAulay prove worthy or will Josephine have to keep the sword hidden for another generation?

But that is not her only worry. She loves her sister-of the-heart, Laurin, who cannot escape the horrors of her past. Illegitimate, abandoned by her mother, and sorely abused by her laird, Laurin’s only hope of ever being free lies in the hands of a man she has just met -- Albert MacAulay. Never one to loosen his purse strings, much to the surprise of all who know him, he pays for her freedom. But what will he expect in return?

Once Upon a True Love's Kiss (Boxed Set)
$0.99 on Amazon

About the boxed set:

714 pages, 30 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.8 stars)

USA Today Bestselling author, Julie Johnstone, joins bestselling, award-winning authors Katherine Bone, Collette Cameron, Jillian Chantal, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Lauren Smith, and Victoria Vane in this delightful limited edition, containing eight tantalizing kiss-and-tell stories. Meet dashing, wildly charming rogues, spies, pirates, rakes and their extraordinary, intrepid heroines as they whisk you along on sweet to sizzling romantic romps in these wickedly entertaining historical romances.

AFTER FOREVER by JULIE JOHNSTONE, USA Today bestselling author. Lady Julia is hired to turn a rogue into a gentleman and receives lessons in love and desire.

THE PIRATE’S DUCHESS by KATHERINE BONE, National bestselling author. A duke masquerading as a pirate to "rob from the rich and give to the poor" sheds his darkest-kept secrets to keep from losing the duchess his wife has become.

HER SCANDALOUS WISH by COLLETTE CAMERON, National bestselling and Award-winning author. A marriage offer obligated by duty ... an acceptance compelled by desperation.

MILADY AND HER SPY by JILLIAN CHANTAL, 2015 RONE Finalist. A lady, a spy, a traitor ... a battle of wills.

KISSED BY A SCOTTISH ROGUE by SAMANTHA GRACE, Acclaimed, RITA-nominated author. Scottish land steward Fergus McTaggert calls a temporary truce with his employer’s companion only to discover their passionate battles have been masking their hidden desires.

STOLEN KISSES FROM THE VISCOUNT by ALANNA LUCAS, National bestselling author. A rake, an heiress, and stolen kisses ... this seduction could be his last.

TEMPTED BY A ROGUE by LAUREN SMITH, National bestselling, Award-winning author. Gemma never planned on falling in love with her childhood sweetheart’s best friend, Jasper, when he returns home, but she can’t resist the naval officer’s brooding charm.

THE REDEMPTION OF JULIAN PRICE by VICTORIA VANE, National bestselling author. She gave him a chance to bury his past ... but the price would be his heart.

Scoundrel (Lost Lords of Radcliffe Book 4) by Cheryl Holt
$1.99 on Amazon

About the book:

280 pages, 11 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.6 stars)

When readers last saw Chase -- the most debauched wretch in the world -- he was adventuring down the Nile where he ultimately disgraced himself by betraying his best friend. With his life in shambles, he fled Cairo, but what happened to him after he left Egypt?

Only Chase could land himself in the most outrageous jam of all ...

FAITHFUL NEWTON always thought she wanted to be a nun. But as a novitiate at the Sisters of Mercy convent in rural Scotland, she can’t ever seem to take her final vows. When she’s offered a chance to travel to Rome to visit the Vatican, she happily agrees to make the journey, thinking the trip will push her into a decision. Yet while crossing the Mediterranean, catastrophe leaves her alone, robbed of everything, and abandoned on the north coast of Africa. She’s in deep trouble and desperately needs a hero who can protect her and help her return to Britain safe and sound.

CHASE HUBBARD has never been anything but a cad and scoundrel. As the bastard son of a French count, he’s always had to scrape and scrounge just to get by. A flagrant womanizer and con artist, he enjoys his wicked ways and has never aspired to better behavior. So he has no desire to play the part of hero for anyone. He’s content to loaf in Africa, where he’s suddenly found the means to live like a king, and he’s definitely in no hurry to return to London. But when pious, devout Sister Faithful crosses his path, the pretty, petite virago intrigues him as no other female ever has.

With lives on the line and love in the balance, Chase may have finally met the woman who can push him to become the man he was always meant to be ...


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