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I’d like to introduce you to Wendy Loveridge, a very dear friend of mine, who will be sharing reviews of her favourite books here on Rakes and Rascals.

We first met via Facebook and discovered we both shared a love of Historical Romances and, only living a train journey away, we arranged to meet. Have you ever met someone whom you instantly clicked with? Well, it was just like that for us. We felt as though we had known each other for years and are now firm friends. Once a month, we meet to drink coffee, eat cakes, talk endlessly about books and, if time permits, generally put the world to rights.

 

About Wendy

My name is Wendy and I live in the beautiful ancient Cotswold town of Winchcombe. I am mother to two, grandmother to four and have two border terriers that I walk miles with (usually whilst listening to an audio book or music). I love theatre, cinema, music, cooking, sewing, history and BOOKS. I have some great blogger friends to thank for starting me on the road to reviewing and now I am hooked! Thanks to Carol, Caz and Barbara. My list of preferred authors is too numerous to mention but hopefully my favourites will soon show up on my lovely friend’s, Rakes and Rascals blog.

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Per Jennifer Ashley’s Website:

Meet Malcolm Mackenzie, the intrepid Mackenzie ancestor who started it all! He’s a bit like Cam, Daniel, and Ian rolled into one. Plus you’ll meet his brothers – another sexy Mackenzie family. Action, adventure, history, family, and a grand romance!

Source: Purchased from Amazon Kindle

(Mackenzies and McBrides, #8)

Genre: Historical Romance (Georgian)

Cover Blurb:

1745, Scotland: The youngest son of the scandalous Mackenzie family, Malcolm is considered too wild to tame…until he meets a woman who is too unattainable to resist.

Lady Mary Lennox is English, her father highly loyal to the King, and promised to another Englishman. But despite it being forbidden to speak to Malcolm, Lady Mary is fascinated by the Scotsman, and stolen moments together lead to a passion greater than she’d ever dreamed of finding.

When fighting breaks out between the Highlanders and the King’s army, their plans to elope are thwarted, and it will take all of Malcolm’s daring as a Scottish warrior to survive the battle and steal a wife out from under the noses of the English.

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I’m thrilled to welcome New York Times Bestselling Author ELOISA JAMES to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thanks for inviting me, Carol!

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Eloisa:
I grew up on a farm in Minnesota, a couple of miles outside a town of 2,000. My dad was a poet and my mother a short story writer, so we had a house full of books and no TV. I had an intensely creative childhood, in which writing was emphasized above anything else. My mother didn’t care much about grades, but she was always interested in my progress on a novel or play—whatever I was writing. It was an excellent way to raise a writer.


Me with my sister and one of my brothers (I’m the red head in the middle)

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Eloisa:
I’d love to say that I’m easy-going, but the truth is that I’m extremely high-wired. I like to do things fast and I’m a perfectionist. I ask a lot of others and myself. I’m trying to calm down but meditation doesn’t work for me; I start with ooom and end up plotting a new scene.

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Eloisa:
Chocolate.

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Eloisa:
My children. It’s inaccurate to label them possessions, because they are so wildly, completely themselves. But they started out mine, for 9 months at least, and I treasure that memory.

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Eloisa:
Paris. My family lived there for a year, and we all loved it. I would buy a 19th century apartment with beautiful bones and a Parisian street down below.


The Parisian street near the apartment where we lived for a year

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Eloisa:
Sorry! Some things should be taken to the grave.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today, Eloisa and sharing these fascinating facts about yourself.

You’re welcome! Thanks for having me.

 

If you would like to find out more about Eloisa and her books, here are the links:

Website
Goodreads
Facebook
Twitter

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(The Dashing Widows, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

For this reckless widow, love is the most dangerous game of all.

Caroline, Lady Beaumont, arrives in London seeking excitement after ten dreary years of marriage and an even drearier year of mourning. That means conquering society, dancing like there’s no tomorrow, and taking a lover to provide passion without promises. Promises, in this dashing widow’s dictionary, equal prison. So what is an adventurous lady to do when she loses her heart to a notorious rake who, for the first time in his life, wants forever?

Devilish Silas Nash, Viscount Stone is in love at last—with a beautiful, headstrong widow bent on playing the field. Worse, she’s enlisted his help to set her up with his disreputable best friend. No red-blooded man takes such a challenge lying down, and Silas schemes to seduce his darling into his arms, warm, willing and besotted. But will his passionate plots come undone against a woman determined to act the mistress, but never the wife?

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“…why don’t we all leave our old, sad days behind? Why don’t we all become dashing widows?”

Anna Campbell’s charming, new The Dashing Widows series features three, young, widowed friends – Caroline, Lady Beaumont, Fenella, Lady Deerham and Helena, Countess of Crewe – who decide they need a little adventure in their lives and this is Caroline’s story.

“I feel like I’ve been locked away in the dark all my life. I’ve spent twenty-eight years waiting. I’ve never had a chance to laugh and dance and carry on romantic intrigues.”

Caroline’s life has always been controlled, first by her bully of a father and then by her dull-as-dishwater husband. I could understand her determination to enjoy life to the full and never surrender her independence again but I did find her single-minded stubbornness a little annoying at times.

Silas won me over from the start with his intelligence and charm, not to mention his sexiness! I like the fact that he fell in love with Caroline the first moment he saw her and totally relinquished his rakish ways. I do so love a hero who doggedly pursues the woman he loves even if, at times, the cause seems hopeless.

Silas needs every ounce of cunning and ingenuity to win Caroline and I love the lengths he goes to thwart her efforts to select a lover, particularly the scene where he uses a bit of creativity to disparage each of her choices of lover.

“What about Harry Hall?” She pointed to the slender man talking to Pascal.
“Doesn’t wash.”
She turned to frown at Silas in puzzlement. 
“I’ve danced with him. He smelled perfectly fine.”
“Well, when I say he doesn’t wash, he does have a scrub-down once a month. You must have timed your dance just right.”

Look out for the HOT love scene in Silas’s greenhouse when long suppressed passions bubble over and things get smashed!

I enjoyed watching Caroline coming to terms with her true feelings for Silas and I thought the ending fitted perfectly, with the promise of a Happy Ever After.

MY VERDICT: THE SEDUCTION OF LORD STONE is romantic, emotional, sexy and funny. In fact, everything I have come to expect from Anna Campbell. I’m looking forward to reading the other Dashing Widows’ stories.

REVIEW RATING: 5/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT

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The Dashing Widows series so far (click on book covers for more details):

The Seduction of Lord Stone (Dashing Widows, #1) by Anna Campbell        Tempting Mr. Townsend and Winning Lord West coming in early 2016.

**My sincere thanks to Anna Campbell for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. **

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I’m thrilled to welcome New York Times Bestselling Author TESSA DARE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for inviting me, Carol! It’s a delight to be here.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Tessa:
I was born in Iowa, and I spent much of my childhood bouncing from small town to small town there, broken up by a four-year stint in Chicago while my father got his doctorate. Needless to say, this was quite a diverse upbringing! I lived in farming towns with as few as 400 people and one small grocery store, and I lived in one of the largest cities in America. As a result, I was exposed to many different kinds of people and cultures at a young age. Moving so frequently also taught to me to appreciate books and libraries—they became a welcome constant in my life. The Dewey decimal system was always the same, wherever I moved!

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Tessa:
Oh, gosh. That depends on the day! I think I am generally an easy-going person, but I definitely have a few anxiety triggers that can rile me up. I’m not much fun to be around when I’m on deadline, and traveling with kids is always stressful for me—most of my rare fights with my husband occur on a road trip or at the airport.

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Tessa:
Both! And often both together. One of my favorite summer treats is sliced nectarines with brown sugar and balsamic vinegar.

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Tessa:
Hmmm. This is hard to answer. I am not a person who gets attached to “things.” That’s because I moved so much as a child, I think. There have been multiple times in my adult life when I’ve sold nearly everything and moved across (or out of!) the country. But I do have a shelf in my office that’s filled with all my “favorite things”—mostly gifts given to me. A pinched clay pot made by one of my kids, a charm bracelet and stuffed goat that were gifts from readers, and postcards from faraway locations are all among my shelf of little treasures.

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Tessa:
The practical answer would be the Philippines, because my husband’s family is from there. But my just-for-fun answer… I’d buy an ancient farmhouse set amid the rolling hills and olive groves of Tuscany, Italy.

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Tessa:
I have so many! I’m not sure I can choose just one, hah. One story I’ve shared many times is that on one of my first dates with Mr. Dare, we were walking holding hands. He abruptly changed course while I was staring into the distance—pulling me face-first into a flagpole. I spent the next hour dizzy and holding an icepack to my temple. Somewhere in the files of the Getty Center, there’s an incident report that bears witness to our first date.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today, Tessa and sharing these interesting facts about yourself.

My pleasure, Carol!

 

If you would like to find out more about Tessa and her books, here are the links:

Website
Goodreads
Facebook
Twitter

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It’s been a while since I read any of Gaelen Foley’s books but the premise of her new Moonlight Square series really appealed to me.

Source: Purchased from Amazon Kindle

(Moonlight Square, #0.5)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

Presenting the wildly romantic new Regency series from New York Times bestselling author, Gaelen Foley…

WELCOME TO MOONLIGHT SQUARE ~ REGENCY LONDON’S MOST EXCLUSIVE ADDRESS!

At the ripe old age of two-and-twenty, Lady Katrina Glendon just can’t seem to snare a husband. Whether her frank tongue or slightly eccentric ways bear the blame, she faces a houseful of younger sisters clamoring for her, the eldest, to marry and move aside before they all end up as spinsters. When her latest suitor defects and proposes to another girl, Trinny throws up her hands in despair of ever finding a fiancé. But sometimes destiny waits just around the corner…and love lives right across the square!

Gable Winston-McCray, the charming, understated Viscount Roland saunters through life as a wealthy, sophisticated rakehell and man-about-town. Heir to an earldom, the handsome hedonist would rather dally with bored Society wives than acquire a bride of his own, much to his father’s dismay. Until, one moonlit night, fate strikes! Unsuspecting neighbors meet and become flirtatious allies. So when Gable receives his father’s ultimatum to wed or go penniless, he offers Trinny a marriage of convenience. Alas, the pretty redhead cannot possibly accept such an unfeeling proposal—even if her dear “Lord Sweet Cheeks” might be the man of her dreams…

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Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)

Cover Blurb:

A sheikh without a country. A woman without fear. A love hotter than the Sahara.
In his heart, Viscount Blakeney will always be Sheikh Altair Mazir, but a deathbed oath to his English grandfather forces him to divide his time between Britain and his beautiful Sahara. A victim of prejudice from both cultures, he has learned a bitter lesson. Trust no one.

Yet when he witnesses firsthand the British Museum’s rejection of Alexandra Talbot’s request for assistance in finding the lost city of Ramesses II, he finds himself not only compelled to help, but donning his desert robes to hide his identity.

Alexandra is all too familiar with men who equate her sex with a lack of intelligence. But the mysterious Altair isn’t like other men. He never questions her ability to find the lost city, only her resistance to the sinful pleasure of his touch.

Bound by a Pharaoh’s prophecy, desire flares between them under the desert stars. But murder and betrayal turn their quest into a deadly game, pushing their fragile trust to the breaking point. A trust that must be reforged if they are to survive.

This book has been previously published by Samhain Publishing.

Warning: Contains a half-blood prince of the desert whose tortured Bedouin heart beats beneath a proper English cravat. And an American archaeologist who’ll go a long way to fulfil her dreams.

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After a friend recommended this book to me, I had high expectations of it. Did it live up to those expectations? A resounding YES! I was totally immersed in the sensual and erotic world that Monica Burns created.

How I imagine Alex

Independent, headstrong, stubborn and forthright, Alex is determined to prove that she is equal of any man in the field of archaeology. Although her father and uncle had actively encouraged her and respected her achievements, she knows that, because she is a woman, she will always be regarded as inferior. Finding the location of the ancient city of Per-Ramesses is her chance to prove herself just as capable as any man.

I love how strong and determined Alex is and I understood why she had no desire to marry if it meant the loss of freedom to pursue her dreams.

How I imagine Altair

Viscount Blakeney/ Sheikh Altair Mazir is caught between two worlds – the aristocratic world of his father and the Bedouin world of his mother. After his grandfather pleads with him not to give up the Blakeney title and holdings, Altair agrees to spend half the year in England out of love for him. As a half-breed, he has become accustomed to the prejudice and scorn heaped on him by London society but the betrayal and public vilification by his fiancée has left him with a deep mistrust of women. He only truly feels happy in the Bedouin world where he is accepted by his desert family despite his English blood.

Altair is definitely a drool worthy hero especially when he first appears in desert clothing.

No longer the English lord, he was as lean and predatory as a leopard. A utility belt filled with rifle cartridges crossed his chest, while a pistol was tucked into a belt around his waist.
His entire appearance emanated a sense of danger and excitement. Beneath his eyes, Mazir tribal symbols stained his brown cheeks. His wavy brown hair, no longer restrained by a ribbon, tumbled down over his shoulders.

I love how Ms Burns describes Alex’s reaction.

If she were to open her mouth, she was certain more than a dozen butterflies would flee their captivity in her stomach.

Altair has never met anyone like Alex before and is totally fascinated by her. However, past experience has taught to him tread warily where women are concerned, and he’s afraid to be open and honest with her and Alex feels she can’t trust a man who constantly lies to her. This conflict creates a volatile relationship which only serves to heighten the sexual tension simmering between them. I like how the threats to Alex’s life bring out the protective instinct in Altair and we are introduced to Zada, the mongoose he gives her for protection against snakes. Zada is a born a scene stealer.

Ms Burns’ love scenes are explicit, passionate and scorching hot and the one in Alex’s tent was definitely the stuff of fantasises!

The top of her bent leg almost brushed his lips, and he leaned forward just a hair and kissed the inside of her leg. The sharp hiss of air she dragged into her lungs assured him she liked what he was doing.
“Tonight, emîra, I’m going to show you how my body craves you.”

I enjoyed the element of danger and intrigue that runs throughout the story. Although I didn’t find it hard to guess the identity of the villain, the depth of his hatred for Altair came as a surprise.

Ms Burns’ vivid imagery creates a real sense of mood and atmosphere. I could feel the heat of the desert sun, see Alex’s tent with its jewel-toned amber, emerald and ruby pillows and smell the woody fragrance of cedarwood and scent of sweet fennel that teases Alex’s senses whenever Altair is near.

I appreciated the extensive research Ms Burns must have undertaken. The Egyptology aspects and the Bedouin culture and traditions, that form an integral part of the story, are fascinating.

My hankering for a leave-me-with-a-warm-fuzzy-feeling Epilogue was more than satisfied…

“Home is where the heart is, yâ maHabba, and my heart is wherever you are.”

My Verdict: If you enjoy a well-written, passionate and steamy love story, compelling characters, danger and suspense combined with fascinating history, then I can definitely recommend MIRAGE.

 

REVIEW RATING: 5/5 STARS

SENSUALTY RATING: SIZZLING

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