A Promise of More: The Disgraced Lords Series by Bronwen Evans

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A Promise of More is a great addition to The Disgraced Lords Series. This story brings together two people that would not have gotten together except for outstanding circumstances.

Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst is returning to London after a period of exile due to a duel he fought several months before. On the day of his return he is met on his ship by Beatrice Hennessey the sister of the man he killed in the duel.  Beatrice is hoping that Lord Coldhurst will save her family from ruin as he is the one that killed her brother. She believes that the only way to save her family is to have Lord Coldhurst marry her. So she goes to his ship and demands that he marry her. Lord Coldhurst is not thrilled with the idea of a marriage to Beatrice or to anyone really. But he realizes that he can have the marriage he wants (or so he thinks) with her, no complications. As Sebastian and Beatrice struggle through their marriage they come across some evidence that sheds doubt on whether Sebastian actually killed her brother. Sebastian is now more determined than ever to clear his name, but how does he do that while protecting his wife.

Sebastian was a hard character for me to like at times.  There a few instance where he does things that I didn’t agree with. But I can see how it added drama to the story…I just didn’t feel he should have been doing them (I think this is why I love the author so much is she really makes me feel for the characters). I know that he truly didn’t want to marry Beatrice but he soon comes to realize that he has feelings for her and if he doesn’t want his marriage to be anything like the disaster of his parents he knows that they have to behave in a certain way. While he tries to set the tone of his marriage he realizes that nothing goes as planned when you love someone. Beatrice is somewhat naïve to me. She believes that buy marrying Sebastian all her families’ problems would be solved. What she didn’t count on was her feelings for Sebastian turn into something that she wasn’t expecting. I think what she feels for him surprised her and she decides that she wants all or nothing from him. When Sebastian does not want to meet her demands their relationship becomes strained. As Sebastian and Beatrice work on their marriage they also are trying to determine who set up Sebastian and how to clear his name. I believe that by spending time together they realize that they can a marriage that makes them both truly happy.

Overall the story was very well written with well-developed characters that made me pull my hair at times while getting teary-eyed up at others. The story also brings back characters from the first two books in the series and it was nice to catch up with them. If you have read the first two books in the series A Promise of More is definitely worth checking out. I am looking forward to the continuation of this series.

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From the Author:

In the second novel in Bronwen Evans’s sexy new Disgraced Lords series, two very independent souls find themselves fighting to resist a deepening passion.When Beatrice Hennessey sets out to confront Lord Coldhurst, the notorious rogue who killed her brother in a duel, her intent is to save her family from destitution. She’s determined to blackmail the man into a loveless marriage. She’ll make the wealthy Lord Coldhurst pay for the rest of his life. But while greeting his ship, Beatrice takes a tumble into the Thames—only to be fished out by a pair of strong masculine arms that tempt her to stay locked in their heated embrace forever. That is, until she realizes those arms belong to Sebastian Hawkestone, Lord Coldhurst himself.

The little drowned mermaid has an interesting proposition indeed; one that Sebastian is surprised to find quite agreeable. Although he’s had women more beautiful, she is pleasing to the eye, and besides, it’s time he fathered an heir. Beatrice promises to be the ideal wife; a woman who hates him with an all-consuming passion is far too sensible to expect romance. However, it isn’t long before Sebastian’s plan for a marriage of convenience unravels, and he’s caught up in the exhilarating undertow of seduction.

 

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How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Kate McKinley

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How To Lose a Duke in Ten Days is a delightful and sweet romance that captures readers interest from the first chapter. Love at first sight or maybe lust at first sight? One of those is what happened to Lucas Alexander, the ninth Duke of Arlington, the first time he was introduced to Miss Pippa Welby at a ball. Pippa’s beauty rendered Lucas completely speechless and is only response to her introduction was to turn around and leave without saying a word to her. While he didn’t say anything to her that didn’t mean that she was far from his thoughts. Months after meeting Pippa, Lucas has decided that he wants to marry her. He doesn’t see any reason why she would object so proceeds with plans for their engagement ball. When Lucas arrives at Pippa’s house and tells her that they will be married, he is unprepared for her answer. For whoever says No to a duke! Pippa Welby does and she puts up one heck of a fight!

I found Pippa to be a charming young woman that knows what she wants in a relationship and is willing to fight for that. I loved how she tried to rid herself of an unwanted husband it made for some hilarious moments in the story. While she has ten days to she realizes that maybe Lucas isn’t as bad as she originally thought. But what happens when the original reason Lucas decided to marry her comes to light…can she trust him and even love him still? Lucas is everything you could want in a Duke, handsome and a little arrogant. He is used to getting what he wants and he wants Pippa. When Pippa turns him down he knows that he has a fight on his hands. The more time he spends with her he comes to care for her and his original reason for marrying her is secondary to how much he loves her.


I really enjoyed this story and found myself smiling the entire time I was reading it. It was beautifully written with really great characters. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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From the Author:

Lucas Alexander, the ninth Duke of Arlington, is a man who gets what he wants. So when he sees the alluring Miss Pippa Welby from across a crowded ballroom, he vows to make her his. But the bold and spirited Pippa has sworn never to marry into the haute ton. Now Lucas must win her the only way he knows how—one wicked kiss at a time.

The daughter of a wealthy tradesman, Pippa has been sneered at by the upper echelons her entire life. So when the duke arrives on her doorstep with an invitation to her own engagement ball—to him—in ten days, Pippa hatches a daring plan. She must lose the duke before the ball, or risk losing her own heart

ARC Review of Kiss of Lies: The Disgraced Lords Series by Bronwen Evans

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OMG! I think I repeated this phrase several times will reading this book. This was my first time reading one of Bronwen’s books and I have now added all her books to my TBR pile! Kiss of Lies is a book that has everything you could want in a story…a tragic hero, a strong heroine and a story that just doesn’t stop.

Sarah Cooper (know to the ton as Lady Serena Castleton)  is fleeing England and a truly horrible marriage. She hopes to hide away as a governess for the Earl of Markham. Christian, the Earl of Markham is in Canada after being forced out of England for a scandal that he was wrongly accused of. Hoping to restore his name he decides to head back to England. While in Canada he has been given guardianship of his friends young daughter and so the need for a governess arose. As Sarah and Christian journey to England they start to realize that they have feelings for one another. But upon arriving in England their journey towards a happily ever after is not an easy one. Now that they are together they have to navigate their past as someone is out to hurt them.

Christian is truly a tortured soul. He was severely injured in the war and has to live with the damage to his body. For a long time I felt he was just existing and it was until he met Sarah that he started to come out of his shell. He starts to live again. I felt so bad for him as he not only had to endure hardship from the war but also the scandal that sent him from home. Both of these events were cause by people out to do him harm. Sara is like Christian in many ways, wounded and alone. But I found her to be a strong woman as not many at that time would have left England and all she knew. She wants more out of her life and hopes to achieve it as a governess. Together Christian and Sara are just delightful. They both are attracted to each other and slowly begin to trust one another as they both have been so hurt in the past. But once they do get together it was beautiful! I got so happy when they did!

Kiss of Lies is a wonderful story by a truly talented author. The story is well written with characters that you can’t help cheer for. Kiss of Lies is the start of a new series and I can’t wait for the next one. I am now a total Bronwen Fan Girl!

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Jenn

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From the Author:

In Bronwen Evans’s Loveswept debut, a pair of damaged souls ignite each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.
Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets. One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

Caroline and The Duke by Sabrina Darby

 

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What happens when a widowed lady and a duke finally submit to their desires…a delightful short story from Sabrina Darby.

 

Lord Sutbridge has been friends with Caroline for the past 10 years and has been in love with her for just as long. She is the reason that he has yet to marry. Now that she is widowed he is determined to have her as his wife, but the lady has other plans. Lady Caroline is enjoying her freedom as a widow and has no plans to marry again. Caroline is interested in Sutbridge…just not for marriage. After enduring a horrible marriage, she is ready to find passion and love in the arms of  man. She has her hopes set on Sutbridge but he is asking for more than she is ready to give.

 

I was initially interested in Caroline and The Duke because of its cover. It is one of the prettiest covers I have seen for a historical romance. The story is very well written with two great characters. There is just the right amount of tension between Caroline and Sutbridge. Sutbridge has been in love with Caroline for years and has been very angry that she married someone else and had children with him. Now that she is widowed he wants to marry her and have the life that should have been there’s years ago. I applauded Sutbridge for continuing to push Caroline, because they did belong together. I honestly felt horrible that they wasted 10 years of their life because she married someone else.

 

While I knew it was a short story…I still felt that it wasn’t enough. Caroline and John’s story really should have been a full length novel. I think the storyline is great and I felt disappointed when it was finished. I would have liked to know more of the reasons why she married so young, glimpses of their meetings in the past, etc. Aside from that Caroline and The Duke is a very enjoyable story. I hope to read more from this author in the future. 

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ARC Review of A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford

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Harry Fitzroy, as the future Duke of Breconridge knows it’s finally time to find a wife. He decides on this season’s smash – Lady Julia Barclay. She is everything he wants in a wife; beautiful and vivacious. When he arrives at her father’s house to propose he is met with her viewing his arrival insignificance and flits from one gentleman to another. Not used to being led around Harry finally gets her to agree to go riding one morning. As they ride around the estate, things take a turn for the worst as Harry is injured. Hoping to be nursed back to health by Lady Julia he is surprised to find that it is her sister Lady Augusta who has been with him since his injury. Harry soon finds himself in a precarious position…having feelings for Lady Augusta.

Lady Augusta Barclay is quite content managing her father’s home. She is more reserved (complete opposite) than her sister and likes it that way. Her quite life is quickly turned upside down by the injury to Harry Fitzroy and his indefinite stay at her home. She sees it as her duty to take care of him as he is a guest of her fathers. What she doesn’t anticipate is her feelings for him. Harry and Gus spend more and more time tighter they soon develop friendship of sorts. When that friendship changes into something more both are taken by surprise.

Lady Augusta or Gus as she is called is the quintessential “wallflower” in my opinion. She has always been in the shadow of her vivacious sister.  She is surprised and dismayed when she starts to have feelings for Harry as she believes that he will marry her sister. As Gus spends more time with Harry and Julia spends more time in London, she starts to question her feelings. She soon comes to realize that she loves Harry and decides to be with him regardless of societies opinion. I applauded her for doing what she wanted to do and if that meant being with Harry so be it.

I hate to say but I was glad he fell and realized what a twit Julia is. He at first is captivated by her beauty but because of his injury he realizes that there is nothing beneath the surface. As he spends more time with Lady Augusta he realizes that she is a woman of intelligence and substance. Harry know sees that Lady Augusta is the woman for him. In some ways his injury was good for him as it made him appreciate his life.

A Wicked Pursuit is a sweet story about two people that find love in the most unexpected way. The story is well written with two wonderful characters that have a wonderful happily ever after.

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From the Author:

In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected.

As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.

Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him—as his equal, his love, his wife.

ARC Review of The Tempation of Lady Serena by Ella Quinn

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The Temptation of Lady Serena is now one of my favorite books and Ella Quinn is my new favorite author!

Lady Serena Weir is in London for her first season. She is much older than the average debutante as she has been spent the last few years managing her families estate in Scotland. Her brother has decided that it is time for her to select a husband so she is sent to London and the marriage mart. Shortly after arriving she is introduced to Robert Viscount Beaumont and is instantly captivated by his good looks and charm.

Robert spies Serena first in Yorkshire and then again in London. While he does not know who she is he is immediately attracted to her grace and beauty. He is quite surprised and delighted when he is introduced to her at his friend house.  Robert begins to pursue Serena with single minded determination. Things are not moving as quickly as he would like so Robert manipulates things to his advantage, or so he believes. What Robert doesn’t count on is how far Serena will go for love.

I was absolutely delighted with The Seduction of Serena! I found myself caught up in the Serena and Roberts’ story. It is just an enjoyable story to read. Serena and Robert are two people that genuinely care about one another.

Robert is your traditional autocratic rake. He wouldn’t know love it hit him on the head. He needs some gentle (and not so gentle)prodding from friends and family before he realizes what is staring him in the face. But Robert finally realizes that what he feels for Serena is love. And once he realizes it he knows that his life will not be complete without Serena by his side.  Serena is a wonderful character. She is strong and intelligent with a deep love for the people on her land. Serena knew pretty quickly that she loved Robert and wouldn’t marry him unless he admitted that he loved her.  I applauded Serena when she stayed true to her feelings even if that met refusing his suit. While she loves Robert she is not willing to marry him because society says she should.

Another aspect of the story that I really enjoyed was the time, Robert and Serena’s story stretched over time. Their story was not easy or quick but there journey was great to read as they went from acquaintances to lovers. It was beautiful.

The Temptation of Lady Serena is hands down one of the best historical romances I have read. It is a must read for anyone that wants a great love story.

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This review was also published at The Romance Reviews.

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From the Author:

Ella Quinn’s bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love—until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts…

Custom-made gowns…nights at the theater…and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena’s brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she’s thrust into a glamorous world she’s only dreamed of…

Robert, Viscount Beaumont, remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He’s only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena’s seductive spell…

 

The Rogue’s Proposal by Jennifer Haymore

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Lukas Hawkins is on a mission to find out who took his mother. He believes her to be kidnapped and has traveled all over England and Wales in search of her. He has finally found a lead and is in a local inn waiting for information on Roger Morton. While waiting at the inn he spies a beautiful woman and wants to forget his troubles for a while. When he invites her to his room he gets more than he bargained for.

Emma Curtis is a widow with a mission of her own. She is also on the hunt for Roger Morton as she believes he led to her families ruin. She is in the inn hoping to join forces with Lukas in his search for Roger Morton. She has some information that she believes will take them to him.

Lukas reluctantly gives into Emma’s demands and the two of them begin a journey that will change the course of their futures forever.  As they continue their journey Lukas and Emma begin to explore the desires that burn between them.

When they arrive back in London Emma makes an unsettling discovery that could mean the end of her relationship with Lukas. Lukas won’t give Emma up without a fight and vows to find a way for them to be together.

This story is one of the steamiest historical romance stories that I have read in a while. Lukas is into bondage and what he indulges in with Emma is quite hot. There is something really sexy about Lukas Hawkins. He is your typical rogue but he is a real sweetheart when it comes to Emma.

Emma is a delight! She is very strong woman that will do whatever is needed to provide for her family. I was so happy when she gave into temptation and joined Lukas in bed! She needed someone that was worthy of her love and devotion and that is Lukas.

This is my first time reading a book by Jennifer Haymore and I am certain that this will be the start of many more!

 

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From the Author:

Lukas Hawkins, the second son of the troubled House of Trent, is on a mission: find his missing mother and her alleged kidnapper, a brute named Roger Morton. If bringing the villain to justice means breaking a few laws, then so be it. But when he encounters a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and a body made for sin, Luke suddenly finds his task-and his heart-in peril.

Emma Curtis knows of Lord Lukas’s rakish reputation-and hopes to use it to her advantage. While most men of honor would never travel alone with an unmarried woman, Luke is quite willing to take Emma on the road . . . and into his bed. As their journey carries them to unexpected places, Luke and Emma indulge their every passion and share their most private fantasies. But just when their deepest desires are finally within reach, a secret is revealed that threatens to end their love forever . . .