ARC Review of The Untamed Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

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The Untamed Mackenzie is a short story by Jennifer Ashley. I was excited to read this story because I was looking forward to reading about Inspector Lloyd Fellows. As the bas son of the Duke I was hoping for his own story I must say that I was disappointed in its length. I felt that the book was to short and rushed.

Finally knowing the members of the Mackenzie family Inspector Lloyd Fellows is slowly starting to join the family gatherings. He is widely known around London as a competency and intelligent police officer. His newest case involves Isabella’s sister Louisa Scranton.  Having an attraction to Louisa he determines to find her innocent. Louisa Scranton is accused of Murder at a tea party…she turns to Inspector Lloyd Fellows. Louisa is attracted to Lloyd and hopes that he will assist her in proving her innocence. Because Louisa is such a high profile suspect and Lloyd’s family is involved his supervisor gives him a time frame to solve the case or he will be removed.  Lloyd and Louisa are now racing against time to solve the mystery. What follows is typical for the Mackenzie family as many families members get involved, especially Daniel and things get a little rowdy at times.

Again I must say that I really wanted a full length novel for Lloyd. I really thought he should have had one. There was so much more to him than what we saw in this short story. Louisa was an ok character she was a sweet girl but there was nothing striking about her. I did enjoy that Daniel was more in this book, he will definitely be a character to read about.  All in all not a bad book but nothing like the Jennifer Ashley Mackenzie books I have come to love. If you need a filler in between your next book this is it.

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To redeem her family’s disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family’s lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor.

But Louisa’s hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet—and she is shockingly accused of murder! Soon, Louisa’s so-called friends begin shunning her, because the company of a suspected killer is never desirable in polite society.

The problem comes to the ears of Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows, by-blow of the decadent Scottish Mackenzie family and an inspector for Scotland Yard. He has shared two passionate kisses with Lady Louisa–and vows to clear her name. For not only does he know she’s innocent, he recognizes he’s falling for the lovely lady.

Fellows is Louisa’s only hope of restoring her family’s honor—and it is he alone who intrigues Louisa in a way that may be even more scandalous than murder…



Brody by Emma Lang

Brody (Circle Eight Book #2) By Emma Lang

My Review:

Wow, where do I start. Honestly one of the most enjoyable books in a long time. I picked it up and had a hard time putting it down (thank goodness I travel a lot for work and can read!).

Brody is on the hunt for Benji the missing Graham brother. As he sets out on the trail he is shocked to find out that Olivia Graham followed him and is planning on joining him on his search. He does not want her and hopes to convince her that this is not a place she wants to be. Olivia does not back down and proves time and time again that Brody needs her as a partner.  I was hooked on Olivia  from the beginning.

I will say that I did not like Olivia when she was introduced in the first book, she was a bitch, let’s be honest. But I will admit now that I really like her. Wow, is she a great character. It was great to see the transformation of Olivia from the first book to this one.  And Brody, where do I start. The rugged, moody Texas Ranger, he just sounds hot! You knew he was not happy being stuck with Olivia as he searched for her missing brother Benji.  The chemistry between them is hot and you can feel that they are into each other.  I really enjoyed the steam scenes between them and even their bickering back and forth.

Brody is really, really well done. I got hooked in the story within the first chapter and I was glued to the pages.  All the additional characters came together to create a really believable story and at the same time making me emotionally interested in the outcome. You really pull for Brody, Olivia and the Graham family.

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A year after their family was brutally torn apart, the Graham siblings begin to put their lives back together at their ranch in East Texas. With their parents gone, their bonds will truly be tested…Olivia Graham has worked hard to take care of her younger brothers and sisters at the Circle Eight Ranch. But their family circle was broken when their young brother Benjy disappeared. She can’t shake the feeling that he must be out there, somewhere. Brody Armstrong, a handsome but rough-around-the-edges Texas Ranger, has been working on their case for months, and now he has a promising lead. As Liv follows him across the rugged Texas landscape and into Mexico, she’ll begin to find the answers she needs—as Brody finds a passion he didn’t know he wanted…

ISBN-13: 9780758269058

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation

Publication date: 6/26/2012

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Matthew By Emma Lang

Matthew by Emma Lang

Matthew is the first book in a new series, The Circle Eight, by Emma Lang. This book is a historical romance set in the early 1800’s.  I have read many historical romance books and Matthew is one of the best that I have read.  Matthew Graham and his family have lived through the loss of their parents and their young brother Benji is missing. If that’s not enough, Matthew has trouble claiming the additional land for their ranch. In order to claim the additional land for their ranch, Matthew goes to Huston to sign the papers and receive the deed for the land. While at the land office, Matthew learns that in order to claim the extra land Matthew must be married. He states that he is married and his wife’s name is Hannah. Matthew now has 30 days to find a wife named Hannah. I thought it was a great part in the book when Matthew said he was married and actually gave a name for his wife.  He does not know how he is going to find a wife, let alone one named Hannah. When Matthew arrives back in town he runs into Hannah.  Hannah herself is a wonderful character, in the beginning she is a little shy and accepting of her lot in life. As the story and her relationship with Matthew progresses, I felt that Hannah really came into her own. She grew stronger and became a wonderful charter.  The relationship between Matthew and Hannah has some rough spots but they do work it out. The book also introduces you to the entire Graham family. It will be great to read more about them as the series continue. If you are looking for a great romance book, Matthew is a great book.

Synopsis from Book/Publisher:

In the wake of his parents’ murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight – a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty days, or risk losing it all. Plain but practical, Hannah Foley seems the perfect bride for him…until after the wedding night. Their marriage may make all the sense in the world, but neither one anticipates the jealousies that will result, the treacherous danger they’re walking into, or the wildfire of attraction that will sweep over them, changing their lives forever…

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Tortured By Amanda McIntyre

Tortured By Amanda McIntyre

Tortured is out of the realm of my usual Romance book. The story is not your warm fuzzy romance story, it is a very gritty story of a young woman named Sierra who is thrust into a life she didn’t want and did what she had to survive.  Sierra lived in 500 A.D. at a time when the Saxons had invaded Britannia after the Romans left, A very dark time in history, especially for women. As I read the book I struggled with the life she led and the things she had to endure.  Sierra becomes the executioner’s apprentice and is made to assist him.  Sierra is part Celt and has the gift of sight from her mother. Her only escape for the past nine years has been when she met her one male friend for some trysts here and there. She remembers the death of her mother and her brother that was taken from her. Shortly into the story the King’s soldiers captures Dryston of Hereford and he is brought to Sierra to interrogate. Sierra is shocked by how much she comes to like being with Dryston. He begins to develop feelings for her as well but is reserved because he has lost women in the past.  The remainder of the book is Sierra and Dryston as they try to escape their imprisonment and the subsequent fight with the King.  Like I said in the beginning this book is not your typical romance, but that being said, I did like the book. It is a story of a woman who has no one to trust but herself and she lives a life that most people would not survive. Through this she meets a man who can possibly have a future with. Dryston is an interesting character. He wants to take care of Sierra and make her happy. The book might not be for everyone but it is definitely worth a look.


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Ensnared in the war-torn, untamed Dark Ages of North England, Sierra understands all too well what it takes to survive: the ability to numb the soul. She has learned this lesson the hard way, watching her mother die at the hands of the king’s henchmen, her brother cast out into the cold to perish, and discovering the treacherous, leering king holds a crucial secret about her past.
But when he grants Sierra her life, she discovers the pardon is perhaps worse than death. Sierra is made executioner’s apprentice, forced to witness unspeakable suffering while encouraged to explore her own sexual power.

Brainwashed and exhausted, Sierra’s heart slowly grows cold—until Dryston of Hereford is brought to the dungeon as traitor and spy. Using her sexual allure to extract the warrior’s secrets, Sierra finds herself torn between duty and desire. Soon, Sierra is craving the only man who can help set her battered soul free and give her a chance for revenge….

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