Thursday, January 28, 2021



An innocent young beauty, a seasoned spy and a mystery in the north that rages out of control sending their worlds on a collision course no one could foresee.

Charles Bainbridge, Viscount Edgerton, is the regional spymaster and has no time for a wife. His work for the Home Office is a top priority for him, that is, until he meets Lady Courtney Darkin, the sister of his best friend the Duke of Wetherby. The last time he saw her, she was running wild, her pigtails flying behind her at the duke’s country estate. She wasn’t a little girl anymore and Edgerton felt like a thunder bolt had struck him when he first laid eyes on her. But he wasn’t the only one with an eye on the young beauty.

Lady Courtney Darkin is excited to come to London in preparation for her debut Season. There would be teas, musicals, dinners and balls—everything she’s been dreaming about for years. The first time she meets Lord Edgerton, however, her knees go weak. She’s smitten. No man had a right to be so beautiful—like a marble statue come to life. Can Courtney melt the tough exterior Lord Edgerton shows the world and open his heart to love?

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This book was a pleasure to read.  A wonderful light read. I haven't read romance in years but Regency period is my favorite and a good, clean and decent read was welcome. Thanks Ms. Debra. - Amazon customer

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

#Review: KISS OF THE LYON by Meara Platt


4 of 5 stars

Lord Matthew Lyon is on a mission from the Crown to catch a traitor. The clues leader to the Haverfield family and he needs to get close to Simon and Danielle, children of the Earl of Haverfield. All sources point to the earl at the heart of the treasonous plot. When his task takes him to the infamous gambling hell, he has no idea he'd leave betrothed to Danielle. It was the only way that Simon can get his debt to Matthew forgiven. Danielle tells Matthew that Simon has been acting strange and Matthew finds out that Simon suspects his father as well. Can their fledgling love survive secrets and treason?

This was another enjoyable read from Ms. Platt. I enjoy her stories and this one was no different. I especially loved Matthew and his noble intentions toward Danielle. Danielle was a commendable heroine especially the way she tries to protect her brother no matter what the cost for her. Both Matthew and Danielle realized they had feelings for each other as they try to uncover the treasonous plot. Their happily ever after was sweet. My only criticism is the lack of information about why the earl's brother had such a hold over him and why the earl was such a beast of a father to Simon and Danielle. Did something trigger such horrible punishments to children? It might have better explained the earl's personality.

I voluntarily read this advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own. 


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

#Review: THE HEIRESS GETS A DUKE by Harper St. George


4 of 5 stars

Evan Sterling, the Duke of Rothschild, inherited a bankrupt dukedom from his spendthrift father. When he finally realizes he has no choice to save the title except to marry an heiress, he's not keen on the idea until he meets heiress August Crenshaw. August has come to London with her parents and sister to experience a Season and she has no idea her parents have agreed to marry her off to Rothschild. August rejects Rothschild's proposal fearing that her hard won independence will be taken away from her. Can Rothschild convince her that he wants her and not her money?

This is the first book I've read by Harper St. George and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Miss St. George teases out details throughout the book about both August and Evan and it kept me turning the pages until the end. I loved that August was a strong independent woman and it was Rothschild who had to do the groveling in this relationship. Evan was a very likeable hero who finally realized that money doesn't solve all his problems. I'm looking forward to the next story in this series.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.


Thursday, January 21, 2021



4 of 5 stars

After the untimely death of his first wife, Viscount Sterling needs to remarry and produce an heir. He invites a number of young ladies for a house party at Colchester Hall hoping to find his next wife. None of the young ladies spark any interest until he meets Lady Angelica, a young woman who is quite outspoken in her honesty. Lady Angelica has no desire to marry the viscount especially after she feels a ghostly presence in the hall. Can she reconcile what this unusual presence wants with the lord of the manor she begins to feel an attraction to?

I enjoyed this story and the paranormal aspect of the mystery of what happened to the first wife was a good twist. The story is short, but moves along at a good pace to keep the reader engaged until the last page. Ms. Barnes teases out the clues and though I had figured out who the villain was, the way events happened in the past was engaging.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

#Excerpt: BJORN CURSED by N.J. Walters

Bjorn Cursed
N.J. Walters
(Forgotten Brotherhood #4)
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: January 18th 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Lucifer is up to his old tricks, causing problems for the Forgotten Brotherhood. This time, he’s had a woman removed from the Norse afterlife and placed her right in the path of Bjorn Knutson. After the slaughter of his wife and family centuries ago, tortured and broken, Bjorn was cursed as the first Norse werewolf. Now he’s been tasked by Odin himself with killing the woman who escaped. Failure is not an option.

Before he can track her, he stumbles across a woman being accosted by three men in the middle of the night. Even though she’s human, he intervenes and is shocked to recognize the face of the one woman he could never kill — his wife Anja.

She’s also the one he’s hunting…and if he doesn’t kill her then both their lives are at stake.

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“Can we discuss this later? We have company.”

He’d always had a sixth sense about such things. It was one of the reasons he’d been such a fierce warrior. “Where?”

“Two behind and at least one ahead.” Bjorn jerked his head to the left. “Across the street.”

She didn’t need him to point out which man he meant. Over six feet tall, he wore jeans, boots, and a leather jacket. He looked similar to the ones who’d accosted them earlier. “Do they all look alike?” she muttered. “Is it a requirement or something?”

Bjorn’s fingers tightened around hers, but he was smiling, his lips tilted up slightly, his eyes filled with laughter. He hadn’t forgotten for one second they were being stalked and hunted, but he’d always been good at living in the moment. It’s how they’d been raised, as much a part of them as their physical appearance.

Laugh when you could, cry when you needed, revel in the joys of life, fight for honor and glory, and die well.

“What can I do?” She would fight alongside her man, no matter what they faced.

“Stay close. When I tell you to run, you run.”

“Where are we going?” It bothered her that she had no idea where they were or where they were headed.

“My truck isn’t much farther. About four blocks up the road. When we get there, turn right. It’s the black one.” He rattled off some letters and numbers. “Crap, can you even read them?”

“Yes. I have some knowledge of this world. Not everything, but I understand much, including how to read the language.”

“Good. The truck will have a piece of metal on the back with those on it. Here are the keys.” He reached into his pocket and pulled them out. “Hit this button when you’re close.” He showed her which one. “That will unlock the doors. Get in, hit this other button, and wait for me. I’ll be right behind you.”

“Got it.” She gripped the keys and had her thumb near the button he’d showed her. Her heart was racing as they kept a fast steady gait. She wanted to run, but that was the wrong thing to do. Any animal would take that as a challenge, see her as prey and sprint after her. And these men were essentially animals in human flesh.

Werewolves? They were the stuff of myth and legend but, like the gods, were real. Their kind never came to Freya’s Hall. Odin was rumoured to have all sorts of beasts in Valhalla, but she’d never seen proof, as she’d been unable to leave. That had been part of her pledge to the goddess, which is what made her being here all the worse.

Her vow had been broken.

“Another one just ahead.”

“Should we detour?” She pulled her attention back to the present situation. Her immediate goal—protect her husband.

“That’s what they want. They’re trying to herd us down that street, which means there are likely more of them. We go straight. They’ll do nothing until we make the turn onto the quieter street. As soon as we do, you run. I’ll hold them off and be right behind you.”

“I won’t leave you.”

“I know.” He dropped a quick kiss on her mouth. It was over far too soon. She licked her lips, wanting to savor his taste. It was familiar yet strangely new. Maybe because of all the years they’d missed. They were both different people than they’d been when they’d wed and started a family, shaped by their experiences. But one thing hadn’t changed. He was still a hunger in her blood.

He groaned. “Stop looking at me like that, woman. Now is not the time.”

She knew he was trying to lighten her spirits. Tension radiated from his big frame. He squeezed her hand. “Get ready, Anja. It’s just there on your right.” He kept his voice low. “As soon as we reach the corner, run hard and fast, and don’t look back.”

Author Bio:

Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.

One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first romance novel and life would never be the same.

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks--all vie for her attention. It's a tough life, but someone's got to live it.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

#Excerpt: FETCHING by Kylie Gilmore

Kylie Gilmore
(Unleashed Romance, #1)
Publication date: January 12th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

He’s her knight in shining armor. Only she’s no damsel in distress.

I’m a self-made billionaire with a soft spot for damsels in distress, so when I move to the quirky lakeside community of Summerdale, I immediately zero in on the woman I most want to…ahem, rescue. Only the stubborn woman refuses to cooperate.

When Satan, aka Wyatt Winters, moves to town, I do my best to be welcoming. After all, I’m the owner of the historic restaurant and bar that he keeps showing up at, despite criticizing nearly everything about it. Deep breath. I might’ve lost my cool and made a rude gesture in his direction. And told him off. How was I to know he was considering investing in my place?

Did I mention I’m in debt up to my eyeballs and every bank has turned me down?

Still, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell I’d ever work with him. Or admit he fires me up in every way.

And then a snowstorm traps us together and—

I’m melting.

This romantic comedy stands alone with a swoonworthy happy-ever-after! No cliffhangers.

NOTE: A portion of Fetching’s book sales will go to Pets for Vets, a nonprofit that trains shelter dogs to be therapy companions for military veterans with PTSD.

Unleashed Romance Series
Fetching (Book 1)
Dashing (Book 2)
Sporting (Book 3)
Toying (Book 4)
Blazing (Book 5)

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Wyatt catches my eye. “Appetizers are good.”

Pleased that he finally said something positive about my place, I close the distance, stopping at his table. “Glad you’re enjoying them.”

He leans back in his chair. “Have you ever thought of upgrading the dinner menu?”

My temper flares, but I manage to keep a civil tone. “No. Locals love it.”

“Not saying it’s bad, just unoriginal. I mean, every meal comes with either French fries or baked potato. A new chef might bring some life to the place. Isn’t that what tonight’s fundraiser’s all about? Keeping this place open?” He taps the table. “With the right management, a better chef, this place has potential.”

I manage this place, and the chef is a family friend. I bare my teeth. “Seems you know a lot about the restaurant business.”

“Not at all. I just appreciate a good one.”

I jam my hands on my hips and glare at him. Obviously he thinks we’re a bad one! I’m so furious I can’t even speak.

He cocks his head. “Cindy, are you cross with me?”

“Who the hell do you think you are?” I snap. “Coming in here and insulting my place left and right! If you don’t like it, don’t come back.”

He arches a brow. “Since you own the place, maybe we could talk about some serious improvements. You don’t know what you don’t know, am I right?”

I bristle. “This place was my great-grandfather’s, passed down the generations, and now it’s mine.” I leave out that Drew is the one who actually inherited it and declared it a lost cause because of the debt dragging it down. I took it over rather than let him sell it. “It’s an institution in this town, and we’re doing just fine without your city snark. How dare you walk in here and spew your judgment over all of us!”

He smirks. “I don’t recall spewing.”

My heartbeat roars in my ears, anger clouding all good reason. I desperately want to smack that smirk off his face.

He gestures to his ale, which he barely touched. “I didn’t like this one. Could I get one of those local Connecticut ales you mentioned?”

I stare at his glass of ale. I want to throw it in his face and watch his shock as it drips down his beard, fancy sport coat, and dress shirt.

He chuckles. “That’s an evil look in your eye, Cindy. You’re thinking about dumping this drink on my head, aren’t you?”

How did he know? “Not at all,” I lie.

He leans close and smirks. “I dare you.”

Author Bio:

Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Unleashed Romance series, the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.

Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, reading hot romance, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

#Review: SOMEDAY MY DUKE WILL COME by Christina Britton


5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one I absolutely loved. Mr. Quincy Nesbitt ran away from a cruel mother when he was only 14 years old to make his own way into the world. When he finally returns years later, he learns his three older brothers have all died and he is now the Duke of Reigate, a title he never wanted. To get away from his mother's scheming to make Quincy marry his dead brother's fiance, he and Lady Clara Ashford agree to a fake betrothal. Lady Clara suffered terribly in her youth at the hands of a rogue and she has vowed to never marry because of that experience. Unfortunately, the more time she spends in Quincy's company, the more she wishes their betrothal was real. Can they both let go of their painful pasts and find the love of their lives?

Quincy was the perfect hero and I loved him. He was so kind and good and who couldn't help but fall in love with him. He was so patient with Clara, but the more he got to know her, the more he loved her. He just had to convince her they could share a life together. Ms. Britton does a good job of teasing out Clara's youthful heartbreak--it was so touching when she finally revealed what had happened to her when she was fifteen. I adore this series and can't wait to read the next book.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

#Review: RAVISH ME WITH RUBIES by Jane Feather


2 of 5 stars

I usually enjoy Jane Feather books, but this one was flat and I wanted to stop reading at the 75% mark, but I did finish it. The ending was bland at best. First nothing much happens until 3/4 of the way through the book when the women protest at the Parliament building. 


I didn't like Guy at all especially since it was revealed that at 24 he was spending time with and kissing Petra who was only 14 years old. Then 10 years later they meet again and after seducing her, marries her. Petra was a wishy washy kind of heroine. When on her own she was strong and single minded, but as soon as Guy expressed his own opinion, Petra usually caved to his viewpoint. Not my favorite book and easily forgettable for me.


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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

N.N. LIGHT'S BOOK HEAVEN Book Series Starter Bookish Event features LOVE BY SECRETS

I'm so pleased to be a part of this promotional week. LOVE BY SECRETS is the first book in my Age of Innocence series.


Eighteen-year-old Emily Stanton is excited to attend this season's society balls and begin her search for a husband. She is thrilled when the dashing and handsome Connor Preston begins to show her more attention. After each ball, Emily finds a love note in her drawstring reticule, and she expects a marriage proposal from Connor any day.

When her father objects and forces Emily to accept the proposal from Lady Tisbury's shy nephew, Ethan Richardson instead, her heart is broken. How can she love her new husband when her heart belongs to the man who wrote her such beautiful love letters?

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#Review: THE WORST DUKE IN THE WORLD by Lisa Berne


2.5 of 5 stars

Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. suffered through a miserable marriage until the untimely death of his wife. While he should feel saddened, he just felt free. The only good thing to happen was the birth of his beloved son Wakefield. Anthony has vowed never ever to marry again. His walls begin to come down a bit when he meets Miss Jane Kent, a long-lost relative to his neighbors, the Penhallows. Jane cannot believe how her life has turned around from being dirt poor to finding out that she has a family. She is thrilled when her great grandmother welcomes her with open arms. When Jane meets their neighbor, the Duke of Radcliffe, she is taken with his unassuming ways. Little does she realize that the duke has no plans to ever marry again.

I've not read Ms. Berne's books before and I doubt I will read any more books. Her style of writing does not appeal to me. Her sentences run on and on and on and while the dialogue was lighthearted, it became quite silly after a while. I wasn't a fan of either Anthony or Jane. Anthony was quite immature in my opinion while Jane was young and had more of a connection with 8 year old Wakefield than she did with the duke. Also, there was the question of Lady Margaret, Anthony's sister, and why he put up with her shrewish behavior on a constant basis. Was there not a dower house she could have lived in? Sadly, not much happens in this book until the last couple of chapters. I did enjoy the epilogue as it wrapped up quite a few of the issues.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 7, 2021


This boxed set will be FREE through Sunday, January 11, 2021. Grab your copy before the price goes back up to $4.99.

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 Fall in love with 6 New England Romance novellas featuring swoon-worthy heroes and feisty heroines.

June 25 was supposed to be the best day of Jessica Blackstone's life, but a family accident sends her perfect life into a tailspin. Trying to cope with the tragedy, she retreats to the family beach cottage for some much needed solace. John Smith has been burnt by love, and is not interested in another relationship, that is, until he meets the beautiful and fragile Jessica. Can these two lost souls find love and heal their fractured hearts?

After being left at the altar, Callie Spencer needed a fresh start. She accepted a position as the Children's Librarian in a small Vermont town. Single dad Tom Sullivan was too busy raising his 4-year-old daughter to look for love, but all that changed when he meets Callie. Can these two fragile souls find love and heal their broken hearts?

Shelly Morrison loves her life as a single working woman, but has no one to share it with. She left her heart back in high school--with the captain of the football team. Scott Harris was living the dream as an NFL player until a devastating injury ended his career. A chance meeting with Shelly--a girl from high school who'd never bought into the hero worship thing--may be just what he needs, but can she accept the man he is today?

Dianna Regent thought she was living a charmed life with her boyfriend of seven years. That is, until he walked out of her life without a backward glance. Nursing her wounds, she goes on vacation to St. Thomas, hoping to heal her broken heart. Ian Waters has never been in love. When a favor for a friend takes him to St. Thomas, the last thing he thinks about is finding the woman of his dreams. Can these two fragile souls come together to find their own happily ever after?

As Anna Brown watched her best friend Callie marry Tom Sullivan, she wondered if she would ever find her own Prince Charming. No stranger to dating, Anna had yet to meet anyone she would even consider to be marriage material. Do such men even exist or had Callie snagged the last good one? Liam Sullivan is a busy ER doc as well as one of the doctors for Doctors Without Borders. His life is busy helping those less fortunate. He is content until a chance meeting at his brother's wedding. Could Anna Brown be the key to his future happiness?

Petite Ellie Davison had the worst luck when it came to dating. Not wanting to endure any more bad first dates, she swore off dating, that is, until she met the impossibly handsome Jared at her friend's wedding. Corporate lawyer Jared Castian was not pleased when his Washington firm transferred him to Boston to oversee a complicated merger. He was on the fast track to making partner and had no time to date. When a chance meeting at his friend's wedding paired him with bridesmaid Ellie Davison, he found himself captivated by the pretty brunette. Was Ellie the one that would open his heart to love?

Sunday, January 3, 2021

#Excerpt: RELIC BOUNTY by Arwen Paris

Relic Bounty
Arwen Paris
(Relic Legacy Series)
Publication date: December 30th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

Kill the courier, retrieve the relic, collect the money.

Bounty hunter Janis Torzen finally has a chance to free himself from his indentured servitude to the mob. The brutal weather on planet Urrak is as unforgiving as the mob boss Janis Torzen works for, so of course a sudden sandstorm upsets his best laid plans. To make things worse, the courier, Everell, turns out to be a beautiful, smart-mouthed archeologist who has her own plans for the money. Unfortunately, powerful people will kill to possess the relic Everell carries—everyone from government officials to the social elite, and they will stop at nothing to get it.

Now on the run, Janis and Everell are forced to depend on each other to escape from Nadir Space Port. But when Everell and the relic are stolen from Janis, he must go back to the very man he’s trying to get away from and offer a deal with the devil. He’s got nothing to lose but his own life, so he bluffs the mob, willing to sacrifice his future to save the woman he’s fallen in love with—a woman he’s still not sure he can trust.

It’s a crazy plan, one so crazy it just might work. If he succeeds, it will pay out big for his wallet and his heart—if he doesn’t die trying. But with a bounty this high, it’s worth any risk…

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Arwen Paris is the author of young adult fiction. Her debut YA Sci-fi Urban Fantasy novel FATE OF THE STARS released in 2017 and the second book in the series RIVAL in 2018. The actions packed pages of her novels are filled with characters that are forced to face fears they never expected. When she's not writing, you can see posts of her (too many) vacations that keep her sane. Arwen lives in Idaho, has a big crazy family & after the day job, she writes Fiction For the Fearless - #F3Fanatic

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