Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A MacKenzie Clan Gathering (MacKenzies & McBrides #8.5) by Jennifer Ashley

I've just realized, while reading A MACKENZIE CLAN GATHERING, that Ian and Beth are probably my very favorite hero and heroine since I started reading romance. With Ian MacKenzie there is no pretense, only the love he feels for Beth that infiltrates every pore of his being. Beth's love for him is unequaled. She understand the man completely and even with his eccentricities would never have him change. I have loved watching them grow as a couple and as a family with their three children. I have adored Ian's transformation from the MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE to the Ian of ten years later. That being said, Jennifer Ashley's A MACKENZIE CLAN GATHERING earns a spot on my keeper shelf.

Ian MacKenzie and his family are back at Kilmorgan for eldest brother Hart's birthday festivities. They await the rest of the family and Ian is taking care of things while Hart is away. Ian awakens one night in complete unease, knowing that something is afoot. After making sure his wife and children are secure, he stumbles upon a crime in progress and he jumps into action. A group of thugs is stealing Hart's priceless art collection and Ian can't stop them alone, not if it means his family might be endangered. 

While family members are notified and the authorities trickle in, including Ian's half brother, Inspector Fellowes, Beth and Ian welcome Beth's retired missionary and former brother-in-law, John Ackerley. Upon meeting Ian, Ackerley thinks he has a "cure" for Ian's "madness' and with all the troubles going on at Kilmorgan Castle, Ackerley distracts Ian with the possibility of being normal. Beth and the children are content with Ian as is, but his Beth allows Ian to explore without disruption. 

When Ian discovers that a feud which began ages ago between the MacKenzies and a rival English family may be the center of the theft, he and Ackerley head out to confront the issue, but things get personal when an abduction takes place that changes the game entirely. Many lessons are learned throughout this must read adventure.

A MACKENZIE CLAN GATHERING by Jennifer Ashley is a fabulous addition to the MacKenzie saga. This tale makes me want to go back and read the entire series all over again and savor each and every tale. 


Dukes Are Forever (The Secret Life of Scoundrels #1) by Anna Harrington

“If she isn’t downstairs in five minutes,” Edward warned Mrs. Elston through gritted teeth, “I will go up to her room and drag her down myself!”
            The old governess bristled. “As I told you, Miss Kate is feeling unwell—”
            A sharp curse exploded from him, telling her exactly what he thought of Miss Kate’s sudden illness.
            “Your Grace,” her brows shot up, offended, “with all due respect—”
            He rolled his eyes, knowing that whatever she was about to say would lack all respect.
            “—you have swept into our home without warning, upset both my little Katie and the entire household, and are now making demands as if you own the place.”
            “I do own it,” he drawled.
            “Brambly House is entailed,” she informed him pointedly. “It is owned solely by Miss Kate to be relinquished only to the gentleman she marries.” Her emphasis clearly implied that despite his title, she found him to be no gentleman. “If she wishes to forgo your company, you should have the decency to give her peace!”
            She stood squarely in front of him and blocked the stairs like a bulldog guarding its dinner. While ordinarily he would have found that loyalty admirable, tonight he was ready to throttle her for it.
            “Mrs. Elston,” he growled, tired from a long day of traveling and now hungry since dinner was an hour late, “if Miss Benton doesn’t come downstairs, I swear I’ll—”
            “You will do what, your Grace?” a soft voice challenged from the landing.
            He glanced up, and when he saw her, the rest of the threat vanished from his lips. Sweet Lucifer, she was a vision. Although a decade out of fashion, the ice-blue silk gown she wore was cut just carefully enough to tantalize without being improper, with its fitted bodice accentuating her slender waist and its neckline revealing a hint of firm breasts beneath. As she descended toward him, her upswept red hair shining like fire, the dress shimmered enticingly over her curves with each move.
            She stopped two steps from the bottom, her eyes level with his and just the hint of a self-assured smile at her lips. The sweet scent of honeysuckle wafted down to him like a cloud, and his gut clenched with unbidden arousal.
            The disheveled woman who greeted him earlier had transformed into a beautiful woman, like a caterpillar into a butterfly. She left him speechless.
            “You’ll do what?” she pressed.
            His lips twisted impishly at his now-empty threat. “Throw you over my knee and spank you.”
            “Your Grace!” Mrs. Elston swung her gaze at him, appalled that he would even suggest such a thing.
            Kate raised her head defiantly, her green eyes blazing. “I’d like to see you try.”
            Good God. His cock twitched at the temptation.
            “Miss Kate!” Mrs. Elston blurted out, aghast at her charge’s scandalous behavior.
            Ignoring the old governess and fighting back an amused chuckle, Edward held out his hand. “Truce?”
            She hesitated.
            “Until dessert at least?”
            She placed her gloved hand into his and allowed him to help her down the last two steps and toward the dining room as she conceded, “Until dessert, your Grace.”
            “Edward, please,” he corrected.
            “Then you must call me Kate,” she insisted, a mischievous glint in her eyes. “All my guardians do.”
            “You have a lot of guardians, do you?” he asked dryly.
            “Oh, yes.” She gave a flippant wave of her hand, the mocking gesture indicating how ludicrous she found their situation and her desire to be free of it. “Lately, it seems there’s a new one dropping by every day.”
            He paused in mid-step, then slid her an irritated sideways glance as she continued walking, slipping her hand away from his arm to proceed him into the room. As his gaze roamed down her backside, the curves beneath the gown and the soft sashay of her hips once again reminded him that this was no child in need of a guardian. This was a woman.
            Worse, he thought grimly as the man now responsible for guarding her reputation, she was beautiful. The moment she debuted, every man would set his sights on her. And it wouldn’t be with the intention of marrying her.
            Heaven help him, he was in serious trouble.


Seeking revenge on the man who is responsible for killing his older brother and his brother's wife, Edward Westover, the Duke of Swarthmore beggars Phillip Benton who so thoroughly ruined, even has to sign all rights to his daughter over to the duke. Edward never wanted to become duke, but his brother's untimely death while Edward was away fighting the war, changes all plans Edward has for his future in one fell swoop. Now he has a to "handle" little Kate Benton.

Since her father has basically abandoned her, Kate Benton has been living life rather precariously without help of anyone. Phillip Benton continually badgers his daughter to sign the entailed home her mother's family over to him to no avail. It's all Kate has left and she won't give it up. So along with her faithful,but aging staff and her own persistence, Kate perserveres through thick and thin, until the day her world is toppled over by an overbearing man who comes to call. The pretentious man has come to claim all she holds dear and Kate is not willing to cede. 

Edward is shocked to find that "little" Kate Benton is not the child he imagined, but quite a grown woman. So grown that she inspires thoughts Edward should put out of his head directly. Kate is so angry that Edward is causing such upheaval in her world that the two immediately begin to butt heads. Coming to an accord, however is a mission both Kate and Edward are game for, especially when kissing is involved.  Edward's ice begins to melt the more involved he becomes with Kate, but both of their pasts will cause serious issues when Kate disobeys Edward's order to have no communication with her scoundrel of a father.  After a passionate if not tumultuous night with Kate, Edward punishes her for her disloyalty by sending her away, but even without her presence, he can think of nothing else but her.

DUKES ARE FOREVER is the first book in Anna Harrington's , The Secret Life Of Scoundrels series and the first book I have read by this author. I must say, that I enjoyed this tale immensely and look forward to more from Ms. Harrington. Kate and Edward are wonderful and intriguing characters who are a pleasure to read. Their head butting is a necessary evil to their budding relationship and Edward's ignorance of the fact that Kate is still an innocent in the entire mess before them is telling. Watching the downfall and the resolution is a delight and makes the HEA even brighter. I do highly recommend DUKES ARE FOREVER. 


Monday, November 23, 2015

To Wed His Christmas Lady (The Heart of a Duke #7) by Christi Caldwell

When an author takes a character from a previous book, who is hateful and pretentious and then transforms her into a loveable heroine with such finesse, this is a story worth reading from an author who should be on your must read list. Such is the case with TO WED HIS CHRISTMAS LADY by Christi Caldwell.

As the story begins, Lady Cara Falcot awaits at her finishing school for her father's carriage to retrieve her on the cusp of the Christmas holidays.   But that carriage never comes and the lady who has already built a wall of ice around her heart, continues on. Lady Cara's father once again has put yet another ache in her already tender heart.When she takes a carriage borrowed from another family, she ends up in a snow storm, stranded at an inn with people she would normally never consort with.

William Hargrove, the Marquess of Grafton has spent the last eight years shirking his familial duty. Betrothed to a woman he holds in dislike has him escaping England to live before he is tied down in an unhappy marriage. His sojourn is up and upon his return to England, Will winds up caught in the snowstorm and seeking refuge at an inn.  William is already present when a difficult young lady comes to the inn an causes upheaval immediately. Will finds the lady to be a nuisance, but of course there is always a story behind the facade. 

Neither William nor Cara realize that they are betrothed to one another, each keeping their identities to themselves. During their stay at the inn, the pair aggravate one another while they become acquainted with one another and the realization that underneath the cool exteriors they present, is a person worth knowing. But William knows he has a bride waiting for him and Cara's fiance awaits her as well, so there is little or no future for the couple who soon find themselves with deep feelings for one another. William helps open Cara's heart that has been hidden by years of disappointment but will opening that heart only lead to it breaking when she loses Will? 

I have to tell you that Lady Cara was truly a despicable character in Christi Caldwell's TO LOVE A LORD. The challenge of taking that despicable character and making the reader actually come to like her is one this author achieved with this wonderfully told story. There is definitely a lesson to be learned. Sometimes the facade presented hides the truth and with a little care and understanding that facade melts away leaving a wonder to be beheld. Such is the tale of William and Cara. 


Book Bliss ~ How to Seduce a Scot (Broadswords and Ballrooms #1) by Christy English ~ Spotlight and Giveaway

How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English
First in her new Broadswords and Ballrooms series
ISBN: 9781492612872
Release date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
He’s the terror of the ton...
The plan is simple:
1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;
2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;
3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized ton can get any ideas.
Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn’t expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot…or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.
Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry or her family will be ruined. She won’t allow herself to be distracted by Highland barbarians…no matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.
Catherine wasn’t part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this “proper” English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves...and nothing will stop him from having her.

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Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.

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Poor Catherine Middlebrook is having quite the distressing time. She must find a proper husband before her family is ruined. Her spendthrift mother and family are for Catherine sacrificing herself for the better good. She has a type in mind and the tall, brooding Scotsman who is placed in her path is definitely not her type. He is too big and too much male for her.

Brooding Highlander, Alexander Waters has come to London to get his sister wed even if it has to be an Englishman. His feisty sister befriends the wily Catherine and both ladies begin to torment the man. Alex sees what Catherine is after, but he also sees that the seemingly proper and staid miss actually has quite the fire within that seems to come out whenever they are in each other's presence. Once Alex gets his head out of the clouds, he sees that Catherine is just what he needs and proving it to her is a exciting journey.

HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOT by Christy English is a truly delightful tale. It took a little bit to get going, but was full speed ahead when it really mattered. I loved how all of the characters play off one another. The give and take is great! This story has it all, intrigue, romance with a smidge of comedy. All in all a great read and I am looking forward to the next one!


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Friday, November 20, 2015

Highland Heat (Highland Knights #2) by Jennifer Haymore

Jennifer Haymore is one of my favorite authors in the historical romance genre and with her latest tale, HIGHLAND HEAT, she cements her position on my list.

When Lady Grace Carrington searches the Waterloo battlefield for survivors of the last fight against Napoleon, she witnesses the devastation first hand. Overwrought with the carnage before her, she almost gives up hope of finding survivors when she literally falls upon a soldier. 

Peering into the very much alive, blue eyes of Sergeant Duncan Mackenzie is a revelation to the young woman. Helping the injured Scot to medical treatment was her intent, the kiss that happens between the pair is their desire. Nothing can come of that kiss since Grace is a member of the ton and Duncan is nothing more than a farmer's son, but the desire to have one another doesn't fade. 

When Mackenzie is given a new directive as a member of the Highland Knights, his first task is to accompany Lady Grace and her sister back to London with his superior officer, who is also Grace's brother-in-law. Placing Grace and Duncan in close proximity causes their attraction to ignite into a passion that neither could ever have imagined and a love that will endure the class separation that divides them. Will Duncan's new status as a Highland Knight bridge the gap that separates them? Will Grace give up her status and her family for Duncan, or will she set aside their love? For the answers to these questions, you need to grab HIGHLAND HEAT by Jennifer Haymore. 

I love the ease with which the talented Jennifer Haymore uses to capture my attention and keep me engrossed in her story. HIGHLAND HEAT is a wonderful tale filled with the desperation of class separation and the hope of change. Duncan Mackenzie is an  honorable giant with a heart of gold. His admiration for Grace is evident in his actions and Grace's love for him is as clear as day. The frustration of their class difference is half the journey in this eloquent tale and their discovery that those differences really don't make a difference in how they feel about one another is alluring. I am eager to read more of the HIGHLAND KNIGHTS by Jennifer Haymore.


Thursday, November 19, 2015


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Agrestis Wolves’ Alpha, Jax Chandler, is on a mission to exact retribution after being captured and tortured by an enigmatic adversary. When the sophisticated publishing mogul rescues a beautiful wolf, he recognizes the woman he’d once believed to be his mate. Captivated, he sets out to discover her secrets and teaches her to embrace submission.
With Alpha blood running through her veins, Katrina Livingston’s shifter magic has been systematically stolen over time. On the run from demonic forces, she turns to the striking New York Alpha, the one she’s both hurt and protected. As she indulges in his erotic world, she struggles to resist the instinct to mate with Jax, a bond she believes will kill him.
From New York to New Orleans, Jax and Katrina embark on a dark and sensual adventure, discovering sorcery that could eradicate his entire pack. With their lives in danger, they search for clues to release her from the ominous prophesy. Will they survive the predator that comes ever closer to destroying their lives? And will Jax acknowledge the bond to a woman he never imagined he could trust to be his mate?
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Kade Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1)
Luca’s Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2)
Tristan's Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 3)
Logan’s Acadian Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 4)
Léopold's Wicked Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 5)
Dimitri (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 6)
Lost Embrace
Lost Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 6.5)
Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. She also has a new erotic romantic suspense series, Club Altura Romance. In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.
Kym enjoys reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow-covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Miss Featherton's Christmas Prince (The Marriage Game #8) by Ella Quinn

Meg Featherton has been burned in the quest for marriage, not once, but twice, in fact. Her first suitor turns out to be a man who beats women and her second just happens to have a secret family consisting of his mistress and the children they have together. Disillusioned with love, Meg has decided to marry for comfort, leaving her feelings out of it. Is she in for a surprise? Meg sets her sights on Charles, Viscount Throughgood, he would make a good catch and she wouldn't expect anything from him but respectability. But unbeknownst to Meg, Charles AKA Chuffy only has eyes for Meg's friend Amanda. Oh what a tangled web we weave.

Enter, Damon, Marquis of Hawksworth, who has never lacked female company, but cannot fathom why Meg won't give him the time of day. Admitting that he is interested in her is half the journey and once he has come to the realization that Meg would make a good wife, convincing her is more like a quest. Along with some help from Amanda, Chuffy and the Christmas season, Damon strives to bring Meg around to the idea of marriage to him and the possibility of opening her bruised heart.

MISS FEATHERTON'S CHRISTMAS PRINCE by Ella Quinn is the eighth installment in the Marriage Game series. There is a lot going on here and you can't blink, or you may miss pertinent information. While I really like Damon with his light and very sexy manner, I am not much a fan of Meg's. I found her to be stubborn and a tad blind when it came to her intentions. Damon attempts to woo her are met with extreme resistance and it truly starts to grate on me. I do love the back story with Chuffy and Amanda to be a nice touch. The Marriage Game series is truly a good one, but this read is not one of my favorites.