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(Spindle Cove #4)

Official Blurb

What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

★✩★✩★✩★

This is the next book in Tessa Dare’s highly successful Spindle Cove series and I love the ‘Pygmalion’ inspired premise.

(expected date of publication 28 May 2013)

(Fairy Tales #5)

Official Blurb

Once upon a time… 

A duke fell in love 

Gowan Stoughton of Craigievar, Duke of Kinross, values order and self-control above all else. So when he meets a lady as serene as she is beautiful, he promptly asks for her hand in marriage.

With a lady 

Edie—whose passionate temperament is the opposite of serene—had such a high fever at her own debut ball that she didn’t notice anyone, not even the notoriously elusive Duke of Kinross. When her father accepts his offer… she panics.

And when their marriage night isn’t all it could be, she pretends.

In a tower. 

But Edie’s inability to hide her feelings makes pretending impossible, and when their marriage implodes, she retreats to a tower—locking Gowan out.

Now Gowan faces his greatest challenge. Neither commands nor reason work with his spirited young bride. How can he convince her to give him the keys to the tower…

When she already has the keys to his heart?

★✩★✩★✩★

I have a bit of catching up to do with this series because I’ve only read the first two books. 

(expected date of publication 28 May 2013)

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THE BRIDGERTONS: HAPPILY EVER AFTER BY JULIA QUINN

(The Bridgertons)

Official Blurb:

All eight Bridgerton 2nd Epilogues have finally been gathered together in one volume, including the long-awaited 2nd Epilogues for The Duke and I and On the Way to the Wedding. And as a special bonus: “Violet in Bloom,” a short story in which we finally meet Edmund Bridgerton.

★✩★✩★✩★

I love Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series and this compilation is the perfect finale to the series.

(Published 2 April 2013)

 

BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH BY TESSA DARE

(Spindle Cove #3.5)

Official Blub:

At last, Diana gets a romance of her own! But with the last man anyone in Spindle Cove expects…

Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least, that’s what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.

But Diana’s not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn’t be more wrong for each other…but during stolen, steamy moments in his forge, his strong hands feel so right.

Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?

★✩★✩★✩★

This series is one of my favourites at the moment and I can’t wait to read this novella. A blacksmith hero sounds positively delicious!

(To be published 30 April 2013)

 

MIDNIGHT TEMPTATIONS WITH A FORBIDDEN LORD BY TIFFANY CLARE

(Dangerous Rogues #2)

Official Blurb:

Seduce and Destroy.

Tristan Bradley, the notorious Marquess of Castleigh, is a danger to any woman’s reputation. Devastatingly handsome and devilishly seductive, he delights in the challenge of a lovely new conquest—especially when she’s engaged to a man he despises. But when this particular young lady asks him to dance, Tristan realizes he may not be the only one playing a game.

Or Fall Dangerously in Love

Defiantly bold and disarmingly beautiful, Lady Charlotte Lindsey will do anything to break free from her loathsome fiancé—even destroy her good name to do it. What better way to seal the deal than a tryst with Lord Tristan, who’s led many a girl to ruin? But when Charlotte looks into his eyes—and Tristan takes her in his arms—all of their schemes melt away…because the heart has a plan of its own.

★✩★✩★✩★

I was lucky enough to win a copy of the first book in this series, Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady, and enjoyed it so much that I had to pre-order the next book.

(To be published 30 April 2013)

 

LORD OF WICKED INTENTIONS BY LORRAINE HEATH

(The Lost Lords of Pembrook #3)

Official Blurb:

Lord Rafe Eason may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets his eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, and earl’s illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.

After her father’s death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice except to accept the lord’s indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets. If she must be his, Evelyn intends to lay bare everything the Lord of Pembrook is hiding. But dark discoveries threaten to destroy them both until unexpected love guides the last lost lord home.

★✩★✩★✩★

Lorraine Heath has been a favourite author of mine for many years and I’m very much looking forward to reading this series.

(To be published 30 April 2013)

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LADY OF PLEASURE BY DELILAH MARVELLE

School of Gallantry #3

True love isn’t always blind…just misguided

Lady Caroline Arabella Starling has been in love with her older brother’s best friend, Caldwell, since she was thirteen. Unfortunately, too many things keep getting in the way of proving her love. Her four younger sisters, her mother, her brother, all of society and the man she loves himself. But where there is a will, there is a way, and Caroline is about to redefine not only respectability but true love.

Ronan Henry Dearborn, the fourth Marquis of Caldwell, is known for attending champagne parties and tumbling with women. Although not for the reasons everyone thinks he does. When he and Lady Caroline get tangled in a situation neither of them can get out of, the only way to create a happily-ever-after between them is to take up the advice of a French courtesan who re-educates them both in the art of love.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

This is the third book in Delilah Marvelle’s delightfully wicked School of Gallantry series.

LOVER AT LAST BY J. R. WARD

Black Dagger Brotherhood #11

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

This is the one all BDB fans have been waiting for… Qhuinn and Blay finally get their book!!

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FOREVER A LORD BY DELILAH MARVELLE

The Rumor #3

He’s a fighter, not a lover.
But that’s about to change…

Lady Imogene Norwood lives a sheltered life of quiet respectability and routine…until she debuts at her first Season. There among London’s elite she meets the wild and broken Lord Atwood. And the very shy English rose suddenly realizes that a little chaos might just be what her heart desires.

Lord Nathaniel James Atwood doesn’t believe true love exists. Since scandal tore him away from his family at an early age, he has spent his life fighting for what he wants. That attitude has made him a rising star in bare-knuckle boxing, and now leads him back to London to reclaim the life that was stolen from him. But upon meeting the innocent Imogene, his beliefs are trounced…as guarding his heart against her proves to be the fight of his life.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

I discovered Delilah Marvelle last year when I read Mistress of Pleasure (School of Gallantry #1). It was so refreshingly different, uproariously funny and wickedly sexy that I became an instant fan. This is the third and final book in The Rumor series.

CRYSTAL COVE BY LISA KLEYPAS

Friday Harbor #4

Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.

What Justine soon discovers is that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. Determined to change her fate, Justine finds a way to break the enchantment, never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow.

And when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threaten everything she holds dear . . . because Jason has secrets of his own, and he wants more from her than fate will ever allow.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

Lisa Kleypas is the top of my list of favourite authors and her books are pure magic. This was to be the final book in her contemporary Friday Harbor series but it appears there will be a 5th book, Lightning Bay due out in September 2013.

LORD OF DARKNESS BY ELIZABETH HOYT

Maiden Lane #5

When Strangers In The Night

He lives in the shadows. As the mysterious masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles, Godric St. John’s only goal is to protect the innocent of London. Until the night he confronts a fearless young lady pointing a pistol at his head—and realizes she is his wife.

Become Lovers…

Lady Margaret Reading has vowed to kill the Ghost of St. Giles—the man who murdered her one true love. Returning to London, and to the man she hasn’t seen since their wedding day, Margaret does not recognize the man behind the mask. Fierce, commanding, and dangerous, the notorious Ghost of St. Giles is everything she feared he would be—and so much more.

Desire Is The Ultimate Danger

When passion flares, these two intimate strangers can’t keep from revealing more of themselves than they had ever planned. But when Margaret learns the truth—that the Ghost is her husband—the game is up and the players must surrender…to the temptation that could destroy them both.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

The Maiden Lane series seems to go from strength to strength and, if you haven’t read this series yet, I can highly recommend it.

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HOW TO ENTICE AN EARL BY MANDA COLLINS

UGLY DUCKLINGS TRILOGY # 3

What’s a wallflower to do when she’s suddenly in need of a husband? Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants…

Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed “ducklings” in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London’s most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can’t save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerable. The one man who could tempt her heart…

Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, isn’t much for card rooms and gaming hells. But as a favor to his former commanding officer, he’s investigating a gamester for espionage on the night that Maddie ventures in looking more enticing than he’s ever seen her. Suddenly, his feelings for his friend aren’t so friendly anymore. And when her curiosity brings the impetuous novelist to the attention of a madman, Christian will stop at nothing to protect her—from a sinister plot that is far more dangerous than any stolen kiss…

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩

Manda Collins is a new author I discovered last year when I read her debut novel. Her Ugly Ducklings Trilogy, about three wallflower cousins finding love, is a delightful mixture of romance and mystery written with wit and charm.

THE TEMPTATION OF YOUR TOUCH BY TERESA MEDEIROS

Maximillian Burke has always prided himself on being the man every mother would want her daughter to marry. But after his scoundrel of a brother makes off with Max’s bride, Max discovers it’s more satisfying to be a rogue than the perfect gentleman. Forced to flee London after a duel gone wrong, he seeks refuge at Cadgwyck Manor on the lonely coast of Cornwall, a place as wild and savage as his current temper. The tumbledown manor comes complete with its own ghost, but oddly enough, it’s not the White Lady of Cadgwyck who haunts Max’s heated dreams—but his no-nonsense housekeeper.

The last thing housekeeper Anne Spencer needs is a new master, especially one as brooding and gorgeous as the Earl of Dravenwood. Even as she schemes to be rid of her new employer, she finds herself irresistibly drawn into his strong, muscular arms. When Max vows to solve the mystery of Cadgwyck’s ghost, he doesn’t realize it will put both of their hearts at risk and tempt them to surrender to a pleasure as delicious as it is dangerous.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩

Teresa Medeiros is one of my all-time favourite authors and this is the sequel to The Pleasure of Your Kiss which I read last year. The handsome, brooding Maximilian Burke, Earl of Dravenwood finds himself drawn to his prim and proper housekeeper. Can’t wait to read this!

THE SEDUCTION OF ELLIOTT MCBRIDE BY JENNIFER ASHLEY

HIGHLAND PLEASURES # 5

PROPERLY IMPROPER…AND DARING TO LOVE…

Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After a long engagement, her wedding day dawns—only for Juliana to find herself jilted at the altar.

Fleeing the mocking crowd, she stumbles upon Elliot McBride, the tall, passionate Scot who was her first love. His teasing manner gives her an idea, and she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future—by marrying her…

After escaping brutal imprisonment, Elliot has returned to Scotland a vastly wealthy yet tormented man. Now Juliana has her hands full restoring his half-ruined manor in the Scottish Highlands and trying to repair the broken heart of the man some call irredeemably mad. Though beautiful and spirited, Juliana wonders if that will be enough to win a second chance at love.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩

If you haven’t read Jennifer Ashley’s Highland Pleasures series, then you don’t know what you’re missing!  After all, who can resist  hot, sexy Scotsmen in kilts? Not me!  This is the fifth book in the series and with a combination of a tortured hero and a second-chance-at-love theme, it’s a book I’m itching to read.

What a drool-worthy cover!!

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