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The Duchess Deal Tessa Dare 5* Review

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My Thoughts…

‘The Duchess Deal’, is the first Regency romance I’ve read in a couple of years. A clever mix of humour and poignancy laced through with sensual romance, Ash and Emma’s story is the perfect weekend read.

The Duke of Ashbury’s reclusive life is disturbed when desperate seamstress, Emma demands payment for his ex- fiancee’s wedding gown. From their first meeting, you can tell that Emma is a strong, independent woman, ready to defy convention and risk all to ensure her survival. Ashbury believes her intrusion to be serendipitous and wastes no time in making her an unlikely offer, he is brusque, haughty and hurting and the marriage of convenience he proposes riddled with rules designed to protect his already battered heart and self-esteem.

The couples unlikely romance is aided and abetted by Kahn, the butler and Mary, the ladies maid and indeed the whole of the Duke’s staff at his London residence. They want to see the Duke happy and believe Emma is the perfect match for him.

Painfully disfigured from a horrific war injury Ashbury’s prickly nature is exacerbated, he shuns society and human contact and has only allowed the marriage of convenience to get an heir; enabling him to honour his father’s memory and fulfil his duty to his tenants. Emma sees the man beneath the scars, moved by his sense of responsibility and caring nature. Falling in love will make her vulnerable and is something she can’t afford to risk, but is it already too late?

The plot has good pacing, the necessary twists and lots of humour, which counterbalance the angst the couple experience, as they battle their internal demons and external nemeses to get their happy ever after.

Emma’s friendship with an unusual set of ladies gives her courage as she fights to understand her complicated husband, I look forward to reading about their lives in later books.

The Duchess Deal is an engaging, lively, sensual Regency romance with delightfully flawed, likeable characters and a lovely balance of laughter, kisses and tears.

I received a copy of this book from Mills & Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

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5* Review The Scandalous Love of a Duke Marlow Intrigues #3 Jane Lark

Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closer as lust grips firm and hard in his stomach.

The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet and caressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he’d like to kiss.

She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him.

A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine’s heart into her limbs. It was so long since she’d seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. She loved him, secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood between them.

The Scandalous Love of a Duke (Marlow Intrigues, #3)My Review

The Scandalous Love of a Duke is book three in the acclaimed Marlowe Intrigues. Moving forward to the next generation this is John’s story.

John’s vulnerability hidden by arrogance makes him a tortured hero so worth saving groomed from an early age to become the next Duke of Pembroke John’s life has always been about duty, pride and emotional detachment. With the incumbent Duke of Pembroke close to death John knows he must return from his extended Grand Tour and accept the role he was born to. Haunted by his barren childhood John would rather remain alone in Egypt among the tombs of long dead Kings but his life is not his to control and he bows to the inevitable and returns to England and his family.

Katherine is a wonderful heroine courageous and loving despite her inadequate family. Katherine loves John but knows her love will remain unrequited because she is the illegitimate daughter of a servant taken in by the local gentry but treated more as a servant than an adoptive daughter

John and Katherine’s sensual attraction is unexpected for John and rekindled for Katherine.

Katherine is John’s addiction but is the attraction physical or something deeper. Katherine knows she is playing with fire but she loves John and will give him anything whatever the cost to her reputation and heart. John knows Katherine has the power to heal him but will he sacrifice his pride and overcome his fears of rejection to let her? The love and support of John’s family is a recurrent theme in the Marlowe Intrigues and a stark contrast to Regency Society’s brutal prejudice and disdain.

Well paced and full of intrigue this beautiful emotional love story is full of passion, anger, misunderstanding and vulnerability.

I received and ARC from Harper Collins UK Harper Impulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 Check out my other reviews of the Marlow Intrigue Series : The Illicit Love of a Courtesan and

The Passionate Love of a Rake

The Scandalous Love of a Duke by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Scandalous Love of a Duke (Marlow Intrigues, #3)

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5* Review The Unraveling of Lady Fury Shehanne Moore

The Unraveling of Lady FuryThe Unraveling of Lady Fury is edgy historical romance distinctive and original.

Lady Fury is a delight. Outwardly strong and driven; safe behind her impenetrable shell which cloaks past hardship and abuse and a broken heart that bleeds whenever she thinks about her first lover. She is intelligent used to living on her wits to survive fate’s constant curve balls.

Captain Flint is an enigma whose piratical ways leave devastation in his wake from plundered treasure and ladies’ hearts. Image is everything especially where Lady Fury is concerned.

Closer acquaintance with this vibrant realistic pair and you see they are Yin and Yang different but vital for the other to flourish.

Lady Fury must produce the Beaumont heir and secure her future. Thrown into the middle of an unusual talent contest where Fury vets the potential donors the reader empathises with her predicament. Like so many of her sisters she must barter her body and freedom to avoid destitution.

Flint reappearance throws Fury’s life into disarray. He took her innocence and her heart and left her empty and desolate.

Flint offers his services for a price. Can Fury risk her heart again? Only if Flint obeys her rules designed to strip the procreative act of romance, sensuality and ecstasy. Does she succeed? Read the book you won’t be disappointed.

Laced with sharp humour the dialogue entertains. Plot changes make it an absorbing read and a refreshing insight on Regency romance.

The Unraveling of Lady Fury by Shehanne Moore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review Tempting a Devil – Samantha Kane

‘Tempting a Devil’ is the first of ‘The Saint’s Devils’ books I have read. This story does stand alone but to maximize your enjoyment read ‘The Devil’s Thief’ the first book in the series too.

I love the heroine Harriet Mercer or ‘Harry.

Subjected to the worst of arranged marriages she survives and matures into an independent woman. The cost of this transformation isn’t revealed until later. Difficult choices allowed Harry to maintain her hard-fought independence and the well-being of her child whom she adores.It is the outcome of these decisions which are explored in the story and ensure Harry is not the usual Regency heroine.

Roger Templeton is a rake whose reformation into gentleman is too quick for my taste. A chance meeting with Harry forces him to examine and change his way of life but a few scenes of the devilish rake before this process began would have increased my enjoyment.

Secondary characters Hil and Wiley are interesting and support the main characters well. The villain’s character is well-developed and he is easy to visualize. The author explores the unsavory themes,common in Regency England with sensitivity. The humorous thread stops it becoming too dark.

The plot is complex but not complicated. The pace of the book ensures an easy read. The heat level of this book is varied and appropriate for the genre. The sensual scenes are well written. More historical detail would have enhanced the story.

I will definitely read the first book in the series and the subsequent ones and I recommend ‘Tempting a Devil’ to lovers of fast paced, sensual Regency romance.

ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/682088357>4 of 5 stars

Tempting a Devil (The Saint’s Devils, #2)

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