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When I finished reading LADY BE GOOD, I had to buy this book!

Source: Purchased from Amazon Kindle

( Rules for the Reckless, #4)

Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)

Cover Blurb:

Romance sizzles between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord in this fourth sexy novel in the Rules for the Reckless series from the USA Today bestselling author of Fool Me Twice.

The Wallflower

They call her the “Ice Queen.” Catherine Everleigh is London’s loveliest heiress, but a bitter lesson in heartbreak has taught her to keep to herself. All she wants is her birthright—the auction house that was stolen from her. To win this war, she’ll need a powerful ally. Who better than infamous and merciless crime lord Nicholas O’Shea? A marriage of convenience will no doubt serve them both.

The Crime Lord

Having conquered the city’s underworld, Nick seeks a new challenge. Marrying Catherine will give him the appearance of legitimacy—and access to her world of the law-abiding elite. No one needs to know he’s coveted Catherine for a year now—their arrangement is strictly business, free from the troubling weaknesses of love. Seduction, however, is a different matter—an enticing game he means to ensure she enjoys, whether she wishes to or not…

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I recently read the prequel novella and this promises to be a delightful and entertaining series.

Source: Purchased from Amazon Kindle

(Moonlight Square, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

Romance is in the air at Moonlight Square ~ Regency London’s most exclusive address! 

Jason Hawthorne, the Duke of Netherford, made it clear to the young, lovesick Felicity Carvel long ago that nothing could ever happen between them. He has earned his reputation as the Duke of Scandal–and she’s his best friend’s little sister. For honor’s sake, he vows to stay away from the lovely innocent. But six years of the wealthy libertine’s life have left Jason empty and jaded, while Felicity has blossomed into a strong, beautiful woman, ripe for love and marriage.

When a sudden windfall makes her one of the most sought-after heiresses in London, chased all over Town by fortune-hunters, Jason knows he must keep the rogues at bay until her brother returns from his dangerous mission abroad. Unfortunately, the scandalous attraction between them has only grown to a searing intensity. Deep down, Felicity still wants Jason for her own. But after getting her heart broken once before by Naughty Netherford, does she dare attempt to play with fire again–and this time, can Jason resist?

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Although this is not traditional Historical Romance, I decided to add it to my bookshelf because I have always enjoyed Nicola Cornick’s writing. (expected publication date 5th November 2015)

Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review

Genre: Timeslip

Cover Blurb:

London, 1662:
There was something the Winter Queen needed to tell him. She fought for the strength to speak.
‘The crystal mirror is a danger. It must be destroyed – ‘
He replied instantly. ‘It will’
.

Ashdown, Oxfordshire, present day: Ben Ansell is researching his family tree when he disappears. As his sister Holly begins a desperate search, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to an ornate antique mirror and to the diary of Lavinia, a 19th century courtesan who was living at Ashdown House when it burned to the ground over 200 years ago.

Intrigued, and determined to find out more about the tragedy at Ashdown, Holly’s only hope is that uncovering the truth about the past will lead her to Ben.

For fans of Barbara Erskine and Kate Morton comes an unforgettable novel about three women and the power one lie can have over history!

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(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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I absolutely loved this novella! There are no dangers threatening the hero and heroine and no great hidden secrets, just a heart-warming story of two people falling in love. 

This prequel novella forms a charming introduction to Gaelen Foley’s new series, which centres around the wealthy, aristocratic residents of Moonlight Square, an elegant London garden square.

The scene where Katrina (Trinny) and Gable first meet in the garden square is one of my favourites. I enjoyed their light-hearted banter in the course of which they strike up an unlikely friendship…true friends who are refreshingly open and honest with each other.

Gable is a dedicated rake but he won me over with the kindness and understanding he shows towards Trinny. He proves to her that she is a beautiful and desirable woman and encourages her to embrace spinsterhood and become an independent woman.

I adore heroines who don’t conform to Society’s definition of how a proper lady should act. Trinny‘s frankness and odd topics of conversation have sent her suitors fleeing in the opposite direction. So when she decides to take Gable’s advice and grab her “freedom” with both hands, I cheered her all the way as she tells her parents….

“The important thing is, my dear esteemed parents, I wish to be an independent lady, free of husbands. I do not fear this fate. I do not scorn it. I embrace it happily.”

The romance is sweet, heart-warming and funny. One of my favourite scenes takes place in the pantry, when a delightfully tipsy Trinny succumbs to some feverish kisses from Gable.

“Hey!” she protested as he lifted her wineglass out of her hand, setting it aside. “I was enjoying that!”
“You’ll enjoy this, too. Trust me,” he said in a husky voice, leaning down before her chair. With a gentle pressure of his fingertips under her chin, he raised her head and kissed her— a soft, satin caress of his mouth on hers.

Another is where Gable, having been threatened with penury by his father unless he marries, arrogantly believes that Trinny will accept his marriage proposal, only to have the wind knocked out of his sails!

I enjoyed seeing how each of them grows and changes in the course of the story, particularly Gable. His realisation that he will lose Trinny forces him take a long hard look at himself and instils in him a desire to turn his life around. It was also satisfying to see him realise that he has misjudged his father. Their reconciliation scene is so heart-warming.

Talking about fathers, I loved Trinny’s… always so understanding and kind.

Papa was sitting with his feet up, having a smoke in his study at the front of the house. She paused at the threshold and turned to her lifelong champion. “Did he say something to you, Papa?”
“I’ll be here if you need me,” was all he said, and sent her a wink.

I love the names the Grendon sisters have thought up for the eligible bachelors of Moonlight Square. Gable is “Lord Sweet Cheeks” which has nothing to do with his strikingly handsome face!!

I was so intrigued by the obvious tension between Gable’s friend, the scandalous Duke of Netherford and the very prim and proper Miss Felicity Carvel that I immediately bought DUKE OF SCANDAL.

MY VERDICT: This is an excellent introduction to what promises be a delightful and entertaining series.


REVIEW RATING: 5/5 STARS

SENSUALTY RATING: WARM

Read October 2015

Moonlight Square series to date (please click on book cover for further details):

One Moonlit Night (Moonlight Square, #0.5) by Gaelen Foley Duke of Scandal (Moonlight Square #1) by Gaelen Foley

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I really loved ONE MOONLIT NIGHT (review coming soon), the prequel novella to this series, and I can’t wait to read Jason and Felicity’s story.

Source: Purchased from Amazon Kindle

(Moonlight Square, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

Romance is in the air at Moonlight Square ~ Regency London’s most exclusive address! 

Jason Hawthorne, the Duke of Netherford, made it clear to the young, lovesick Felicity Carvel long ago that nothing could ever happen between them. He has earned his reputation as the Duke of Scandal–and she’s his best friend’s little sister. For honor’s sake, he vows to stay away from the lovely innocent. But six years of the wealthy libertine’s life have left Jason empty and jaded, while Felicity has blossomed into a strong, beautiful woman, ripe for love and marriage.

When a sudden windfall makes her one of the most sought-after heiresses in London, chased all over Town by fortune-hunters, Jason knows he must keep the rogues at bay until her brother returns from his dangerous mission abroad. Unfortunately, the scandalous attraction between them has only grown to a searing intensity. Deep down, Felicity still wants Jason for her own. But after getting her heart broken once before by Naughty Netherford, does she dare attempt to play with fire again–and this time, can Jason resist?

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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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