Friday, 15 February 2019

[Romantic Covers] Brothers Sinister series, by Courtney Milan



Welcome to Romantic Covers!
Here, I’ll show you some variations of the covers of the books I’ve read, or am currently reading.





























Today’s covers are a bit different. This is the Brothers Sinisters series, written by Courtney Milan.

On the left, the US covers all have strong, bold dress colours; on the right, the Portuguese (PT) covers, have a softer look, with the dresses looking more historical (with the exception of the last one, which has a more modern look). Both sets keep the covers very much alike.




Let me know which one is your favourite, and please comment about what you like (or dislike!) about each cover 😊

Friday, 8 February 2019

[Review] Mr. Hunt, I presume, by Valerie Bowman



Title Mr. Hunt, I Presume
Series: Playful Brides #10.5
Author: Valerie Bowman
Publisher: June Third Enterprises, LLC
Number of pages: 110
Publication date: February 8th 2019


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Synopsis:
He never forgot her…

When General Collin Hunt is ordered to take a much-needed holiday, he resigns himself to rest and recreation at his brother’s country estate. But when the only woman he ever loved—and selflessly gave up—shows up as his sister-in-law’s governess, his carefully ordered life is turned inside out.

She’ll never forgive him…

When Erienne Stone defied her family and fled her life of privilege, she never expected to be reunited with the man who’d abandoned her more than a decade before. But Lucy, Duchess of Claringdon, is a hard woman to say no to, even when Erienne’s heart is in danger of breaking all over again.

A meddling matchmaker may be the key to their second chance…

After a decade of pain and heartache, can two star-crossed lovers trust the truth in their own hearts?


Review:
I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.


I should have known better –why do I keep doing this to myself? I love Valerie Bowman’s books, and I know what novellas are, and yet I keep reading them.

Novellas/short stories don’t work for me. The beginning is always great and then everything is done in a jiffy. And it works for some people, it just doesn’t for me.

If you like novellas, this is a good one. It’s a sweet story, a reunited lovers trope. It has characters that we already know and love from previous books in the series.

The writing, as always, is entertaining and funny, romantic and pleasant to follow.

This is a typical case of “it’s not the book, it’s me”. So, go for it, if novellas are your thing!



[Romantic Covers] If I Only Had a Duke, by Lenora Bell



Welcome to Romantic Covers!
Here, I’ll show you some variations of the covers of the books I’ve read, or am currently reading.





























Today, we have the covers of If I Only Had a Duke, written by Lenora Bell. On the left, the US cover, with a couple enjoying some one-on-one time, with the lady in a beautiful emerald green dress; on the centre, the UK cover, again with a softer, more romantic look, sporting a young lady in a light blue summery dress; and, on the right, the Portuguese (PT) cover, with a pink dress front and centre, and a nice garden in the background.




Let me know which one is your favourite, and please comment about what you like (or dislike!) about each cover 😊

Friday, 1 February 2019

[Romantic Covers] How The Duke Was Won, by Lenora Bell



Welcome to Romantic Covers!
Here, I’ll show you some variations of the covers of the books I’ve read, or am currently reading.





























Today, we have the covers of How The Duke Was Won, written by Lenora Bell. On the left, the US cover, with a romantic couple and a beautiful red dress; on the centre, the UK cover, with a softer, more discreet look, that still says “historical romance”; and, on the right, the Portuguese (PT) cover, with a model in a dark blue dress, and a nice view of the sea.




Let me know which one is your favourite, and please comment about what you like (or dislike!) about each cover 😊

Monday, 28 January 2019

[Cover Reveal] Wild, Wild Rake, by Janna MacGregor

And because one cover reveal is not enough, today we have a second one!





























Janna MacGregor’s new book, Wild, Wild Rake , (The Cavensham Heiresses 6th book) is out on November 26th 2019!




Here is the synopsis:

Mr. Devan Farris, a notorious flirt (if he does say so himself), meets his match when he accepts the vicar position in the village of Thistledown, the domain of the widowed marchioness, Lady Avalon Cavensham Warwyk.

Lady Warlock, as Devan affectionately calls her, wants nothing to do with the irreverent vicar, and she definitely doesn't need him poking into her business. When they're locked in the wine cellar overnight, sparks fly, and soon they find themselves forced to marry.

Secrets from both of their pasts stretch their newly formed matrimonial bonds taunt. He's a virgin, and she's committed to a community of prostitutes who seek another way of life.

Will Avalon learn to trust her husband or will the wounds from her first marriage keep her from giving her heart completely to her new husband?




About the author:
Following the doctor’s cheerful announcement of triplets, the first thing Janna MacGregor did was pick her darling husband off the floor. The second thing she did was make a decision about what to do with all her newfound free time. Take her word for it, mandatory bed rest can skew one’s perceptions. During her sojourn in bed, Janna remembered her attorney-husband’s sage advice that successful attorneys always have the last word in an argument. Taking these wise words to heart, she became an attorney and soon was managing partner of his law firm. She is certain he and their triplets rue the day he ever made that comment.

After living in a variety of Midwestern cities, she settled in Kansas City Missouri, the crown jewel of the Midwest and home of her favorite team, the Kansas City Royals. Through all her wanderings, she has always found time to read passionate, sweeping romances. It didn’t take long for her to decide to add Author on her resume. Practicing law by day, she writes sexy historicals set in the Regency period whenever she is not in court arguing those last words.

Join her and escape in stories about compelling and powerful heroines meeting and falling in love with their equally matched heroes. Remember—every romance should be messy, carnal and forever.



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[Cover Reveal] How to Love A Duke in Ten Days, by Kerrigan Byrne



Today I bring you a cover reveal!




























Kerrigan Byrne’s new book, How To Love A Duke In Ten Days is out on August 27th 2019

Here is the synopsis:

They call him The Terror of Torcliff

Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, has one purpose. Revenge. To attain that, he must secure a legacy as old as the empire by claiming a wife.

Lady Alexandra Lane has a deadly secret. When the spectre of her violent past threatens to expose her, Alexandra learns just how much she stands to lose.

If she sacrifices her body on the altar of marriage, the terrifying Duke vows to protect her, but she fears he’ll change his mind once he realizes what she’s hiding.

Ever suspicious, Redmayne knows his wife is concealing something, but he soon realizes that the truest terror is losing the woman who’s come to own him body, heart, and soul.




About the author:
Kerrigan has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she’s finally able to have the career she’d decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to “grow up to be a romance novelist.” Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.

She lives in a little Victorian coast town on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with her wonderful husband. When she’s not writing you can find her sailing, beach combing, kayaking, visiting wineries, breweries, and restaurants with friends, and hiking…okay…wandering aimlessly clenching bear spray in the mountains.

Connect with Kerrigan Byrne:


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Friday, 25 January 2019

[Romantic Covers] A Scot in the Dark, by Sarah MacLean



Welcome to Romantic Covers!
Here, I’ll show you some variations of the covers of the books I’ve read, or am currently reading.





























Today, we have the covers of A Scot In The Dark, written by Sarah MacLean. On the left, the US cover, with bold colours; on the centre, the UK cover, with a lighter blue, and on the right, the Portuguese (PT) cover, in a greyer colour palette. 




Let me know which one is your favourite, and please comment about what you like (or dislike!) about each cover 😊

Friday, 18 January 2019

[Romantic Covers] Wicked and the Wallflower, by Sarah MacLean



Welcome to Romantic Covers!
Here, I’ll show you some variations of the covers of the books I’ve read, or am currently reading.





























Today, we have the covers of Wicked and the Wallflower, written by Sarah MacLean. On the left, the US cover, with a strong and vivid pink, and, on the right, the UK cover, with softer accentuations of light pink.




Let me know which one is your favourite, and please comment about what you like (or dislike!) about each cover 😊

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

[Review] The Devilish Lord Will, by Jennifer Ashley



Title: The Devilish Lord Will
Series: Mackenzies & McBrides #10
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Publisher: JA / AG Publishing
Number of pages: 315
Publication date: January 15th 2019


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Synopsis:
Scotland 1747

When Josette needs help finding a trove of gold believed lost in the Highlands, she turns to Will Mackenzie, the most cunning, devious, and clever man she knows. But trusting Will with her secrets is akin to trusting the devil himself.

They've worked together in the past, pretending to be man and wife to ferret out information, and the venture did not end well. Will is dangerous, and so is his life, and danger is not what Josette needs.

But she knows the real reason she's avoided him is because he's Will Mackenzie, the golden-eyed, red-haired, unpredictable man with warm hands that bring her to life. Will has more secrets than Josette ever can fathom, and the most dangerous thing of all is that he's already stolen her heart.


Review:
I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.


I love Jennifer Ashley. I've read some of her historical romances, some of her mysteries and I keep finding myself entertained for hours.

First of all, I have to admit this wasn't the first book I read in 2019. I started the year with a book that just wasn't doing it for me. And so, when The Devilish Lord Will arrived in my inbox, I almost jumped with happiness - better times were coming!

As usual, I was not disappointed. This book is full of adventure, and romance, and family and friends, and courage, so much courage.

Josette (Josie) and Will have a great chemistry, it worked so well with the story line of the book. Both characters are stubborn, and they both what's best for one another - of course will know what that is, right?

It was fun to see different personas for Will and Josie, and at the same time, never lose track of who they really are. It's difficult to sometimes not lose ourselves in the variations we create, but Jennifer Ashley managed to showcase this experience wonderfully.

This book happens after the Jacobite rebellion, and when the English think all the Mackenzies are dead. We know they aren't and, we readers, want Kilmorgan, their ancestral home, back on its feet almost as much - if not more- than the characters.

And so, it's great joy that we follow Will and Josie's adventure looking for French Gold, for a way to bring Kilmorgan back to its former glory, and to help families that were broken apart but, most importantly, to find each other and stay together.

A book full of adventure and romance that keeps us readers happy for hours and leaves us wanting for more.



Friday, 11 January 2019

[Romantic Covers] A Devil of A Duke, by Madeline Hunter



Welcome to Romantic Covers!
Here, I’ll show you some variations of the covers of the books I’ve read, or am currently reading.





























Today, we have the covers of A Devil of A Duke, written by Madeline Hunter. On the left, the US cover, with a bold, shiny, pinkish-red dress, and, on the right, the Portuguese (PT) cover, with a more romantic look in shades of green. 




Let me know which one is your favourite, and please comment about what you like (or dislike!) about each cover 😊