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Into the Fury by Kat Martin ~ @Tastybooktours Review & Giveaway

 
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The only lights on in Val’s Montlake duplex apartment were the lamp beside her bed and the screen on her computer. She was up late studying, trying to catch up on the Internet courses she was taking.

Snoozie, her big gray cat, slept on his pillow on the back of the desk. Even asleep, he was great company.

Val sighed. With rehearsals, she wouldn’t be doing much studying this week. She’d be getting home late and she needed her beauty rest, needed to look her absolute best for the dress rehearsal, then the fashion show on Saturday night. She owed it to the people who were counting on her.

The Internet contest she’d won six months ago had secured her a place as a La Belle Lingerie fashion model. Out of thousands of women, she was the lucky winner.

The work was grueling. She’d never understood how hard a fashion model worked. Though La Belle models weren’t half-starved, anorexic women like high-fashion, couture design models, they had to be in top physical condition. The women were expected to ooze sexuality. They’d been chosen for their full breasts, small waists, and perfectly curving hips. La Belle models wore lingerie designed to appeal to men—which was the reason women bought it.

A strict diet regimen was required, along with the two to three hours a day she spent with a trainer to ensure her body stayed perfectly toned and fit.

The job had required her to drop out of school to train for the fashion show and do PR work for the company, but La Belle was paying her a boatload of money, enough that she’d be able to finish at the U of Washington next year with a degree in veterinary medicine.

Val loved animals and always had. Becoming a vet was a long-time dream, but her scholarship had run out after she’d earned her bachelor’s degree. With her parents’ help and working two part-time jobs, she’d managed to get through her first year of vet school, but the tuition was nearly twelve thousand, with fees on top of that, living expenses, food, and travel to and from campus.
On a whim, she’d entered the modeling contest, and to her amazement, she’d won.

God and the genes she’d inherited had blessed her with excellent bone structure, as well as a really good body. Though a lot of women would think the high-paying, seemingly glamorous life of a model was the job of a lifetime, running around half-naked in sequins and feathers just wasn’t the life for her.

Instead, she was using her physical assets to pursue the goals she had set for herself when she was in high school. Val glanced at the clock, saw it was after midnight, reached over and turned off her laptop. Tomorrow was another rehearsal day. At the end of the summer, her contract with La Belle would be up and she could finish her final term at school. Her job as a fashion model would be over and she could return to a normal life again.

Val smiled. After the whirlwind tour and her fifteen minutes of fame, it might take a while to figure out exactly what normal was.

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Sitting in front of his laptop on the desk in his bedroom, the man moved the mouse and changed the font. He chose another font and typed the next word, then changed the font again, continuing, one by one, until he finished the note. The printer hummed as he printed the words on a plain white sheet of paper.

Sinners, SLUTS, and WHORES–BEWARE.
REPENT or you WILL be NEXT.

He was proud of his handiwork. This note matched the first, its message more than clear. When the note was found, there’d be no doubt who was responsible. And he’d be careful to leave no clues that could be traced back to him. He just had to work out the timing, then make sure everything went the way he planned.

As he mentally went over his preparations, he began to look forward to the encounter, always an adrenaline rush. He’d been missing that lately. He settled back in his chair and studied the note.

Soon, he’d deliver it.

He smiled, anticipating the challenge, then the satisfaction of a job well done.

Ethan’s second day at the theater was hectic. The women were busy rehearsing, and for the first time, he began to see what a difficult job they had. Not just walking out on the stage tossing their hair and smiling but placing each step exactly right, moving in ways that best displayed the garments they were selling. They had to learn dozens of different poses and cues from the choreographer, who was constantly making changes and asking them to relearn something they had only just learned a few minutes before.

Add to that, the way they took care of their bodies required tremendous work. Ethan regularly pumped weights and worked out in the gym in his apartment complex. It was just part of his job. These women worked with trainers, dieted furiously, limited their alcohol intake to practically zilch, and went to bed early. When in the hell did they have any fun?

After watching them a while, when a woman he’d dubbed Heather-with-the-silver hair strutted down the runway in her sky-high heels, stepped wrong and went down hard, he was only a little surprised.

Being close to the stage, he jumped up on the runway and walked over to help. Her nails dug into his arm as she took hold and tried to stand, released a grimace of pain.

“Take it easy.” Crouching beside her, he urged her to lie back down.

“Don’t move her!” Daniel Clemens and his young assistant rushed forward. “Someone call Dr. Harrison!”

“I’m okay,” the blonde said, but he could hear the anxiety in her voice. “Please—just give me a minute, Daniel. I’ll be fine.”

Clemens was tall and slender, with light brown hair moussed into some kind of bed-head style. Ethan had a
hunch he was gay, but he wasn’t flamboyant. And as Matt Carlyle had said, he was clearly good at his job.

The choreographer knelt next to Ethan. “We can’t stop rehearsal. We need to get her off the stage, but she can’t walk on that ankle. Do you think you could carry her back to one of the dressing rooms?”

“Not a problem.” Bending, Ethan scooped the girl up in his arms and started striding toward the back of the stage.

Heather slid her arms around his neck. “Wow. If my ankle wasn’t hurting so damn much, I’d be impressed.”

His mouth edged up. “You aren’t that heavy.”

“Oh, you are a sweet talker.” Heather flashed him a pain-filled smile, then returned her attention to Clemens, who hurried along beside them. “I’ll be okay, Daniel, really. It only hurts a little. I’ll be fine by tomorrow.”

“Sorry, dear girl. You know show policy. We’ll have to see what the doctor says. I’ll go make sure he’s on his way.”

Daniel hurried off as Ethan carried Heather into one of the dressing rooms. He tried not to notice the array of hot-pink panties, skimpy lace bras, feather boas, sequined thongs, and God-only-knew what else. Gently, he settled Heather on the sofa against the wall and stood up just as another woman pushed her way into the already cramped quarters.

Though her dimples weren’t showing, he recognized the blonde. Valentine.

She reached down and gently caught hold of the injured woman’s hand. “How are you doing, Heather?”

At the contact, the girl fought not to cry. “Oh, God, Val, I can’t believe this.”

“You’re going to be okay. Just lie back and let me take a look, all right?” Valentine knelt next to the platinum blonde.“Somebody get an ice pack. We need to keep the swelling down.”

She glanced over, spotted him standing in the doorway, and seemed to remember who he was. “Ethan, can you find someone to get an ice pack for us?”

He nodded. “I’ll take care of it.” His last glimpse as he walked out of the dressing room was Valentine moving the ankle. He heard Heather’s hiss of pain, and then she started to cry.

“I’ve got the ice coming,” Daniel told him when he reached the open area behind the stage. “We keep a couple of physicians on our payroll, on call for emergencies like these. It shouldn’t take Dr. Harrison long to get here.”

“Will she be able to do the show?” Ethan asked.
Daniel shook his head. “From the looks of that sprain, it isn’t likely. La Belle has liability concerns when it comes to job-related injuries. Besides, I don’t think she’d be able to walk the runway in a pair of spike heels.”

Ethan didn’t think so either. But then, he couldn’t figure out how the models managed to do it when there was nothing wrong with them.

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I’ve been meaning to read Kat Martin’s books. I love suspense and mystery and I just had to pick this one up when I saw it. When something starts out with “Sinners, SLUTS, and WHORES–BEWARE. REPENT or you WILL be NEXT.”, You know there’s gonna be action. Kat doesn’t disappoint!

Ethan has sworn off women! He’s had a bad experience in his little girl’s mother and doesn’t want a repeat. Val doesn’t have time for men. They both resist, resist, resist but are unable to hold out for long. Danger has a way to bring you together quickly.

I love a good mystery, especially one I can’t figure out right away. Kat created a great plot and added some twists to it that really make the story.

Lingerie models and bodyguards?! YUM! It’s not a surprise that two couples hooked up in this story. The surprise was that one couple didn’t make it!!! Dirk was deliciously alpha and I really liked Megan! So I’m glad they are getting a full storyline!

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Into the Fury by Kat Martin ~ @Tastybooktours Review & GiveawayInto the Fury by Kat Martin
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Published by Zebra on January 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400
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My Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star

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Synopsis

 

A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.—the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc. are down for the job…

Sinners, whores, and sluts beware—your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect.

Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself.

Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine—and the hotter the pressure feels. There’s more to Val—more to the other girls—than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.

 

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About Kat Martin

Kat Martin is the author of twenty-one Historical and Contemporary Romance novels. She tackles many different aspects of her genre with settings ranging from the rugged West to the Antebellum South, Regency, Georgian, and Medieval England. Not one to shy away from change, she also tackles Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels which involve the paranormal. Some of her titles include Nothing But Velvet, Sweet Vengeance, and Dangerous Passions. These works have won a bevy of awards including a recent Romantic Times Magazine nomination for Best Historical Romance of 1998 for her latest release, Wicked Promise. She is also published in, among others, Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Russia, and Spain.

Before starting her writing career in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, also a Kensington author. After double majoring in Anthropology and History at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she found herself incredibly interested in the past. In fact, she and Larry often do research in the areas where their books take place. She remarks, "We like to stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a bygone era."

In May, Kat will release her next Historical Romance, Night Secrets. Following that is an upcoming Zebra release, a Contemporary Romantic Suspense entitled The Silent Rose, which will be out in August. "It's a ghostly tale of romance and intrigue that was based on a real life incident," says Kat. "It's a little bit scary, a whole lot sexy, and hopefully lots of fun to read."

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5 Reasons to Admire Miss Ivory Moore! ~ Duke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen http://nellesnightstand.com/2016/01/27/5-reasons-to-admire-miss-ivory-moore/ http://nellesnightstand.com/2016/01/27/5-reasons-to-admire-miss-ivory-moore/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000 http://nellesnightstand.com/?p=1778   Dead Earl’s in Virginal Beds!? Who are you gonna call?? Miss Ivory Moore! Kelly Bowen’s heroines are damn unusual!     I have never read a novel quite like this one!  Kelly Bowen’s heroines are always a bit unusual and a little radical for the times. Ivory is definitely that!   5 Reasons to […]

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Dead Earl’s in Virginal Beds!? Who are you gonna call?? Miss Ivory Moore! Kelly Bowen’s heroines are damn unusual!  

5 Reasons to Admire Miss Ivory Moore!  ~ Duke of My Heart by Kelly BowenDuke of My Heart by Kelly Bowen
Published by Forever on January 26th 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 368
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I have never read a novel quite like this one!  Kelly Bowen’s heroines are always a bit unusual and a little radical for the times. Ivory is definitely that!
 


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5 Reasons to Admire Miss Ivory Moore!

1. At ease with redressing dead Earls found tied to virginal beds.

2. Perfectly happy with ordering a Duke around.

3. First name basis with dockside cutthroats.

4. Need a scandal hidden? Ivory’s your girl!

5. She’s got massive Lady Balls!
 

Max was fun, but I fell for Ivory in this one! She’s snarky, logical and holds back no punches! She knows who she is and what she’s capable of and doesn’t apologize for it!

I had to roll my eyes at Captain Maximus Harcourt, Duke of Alderidge. How he expected to leave England for ten years and come back to the same sister I don’t know! Kudos go out to his sister, though! When she wants adventure she sure as hell gets it!! This story was intense! There are several side characters in this one that need to be fleshed out and have their own story and I have no doubt that they will get them!

There was romance, of course and it was surprising how Max fell hard for Ivory and she still kept him distant but she has her reasons. The adventure and action kept me in the story the entire time. the relationship between Max and Ivory was interesting to say the least but it was the mystery and action that thrived for me.

 

Kelly Bowen’s first entry in her Season for Scandal series was off the chart interesting!


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Synopsis

 

Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he’s returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl—quite inconveniently deceased—tied to his missing sister’s bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he’s at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.

Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she’s somehow…flawless. It’s just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected—yet absolutely true.

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About Kelly Bowen

Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.

But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.

Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.


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Review ~ The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan http://nellesnightstand.com/2016/01/26/review-art-taming-rake-nicole-jordan/ http://nellesnightstand.com/2016/01/26/review-art-taming-rake-nicole-jordan/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:00:00 +0000 http://nellesnightstand.com/?p=1668 This was a tried and true historical story with some twists that were unusual!   Venetia Stratham is a feisty, independent and one hell of a woman. She is determined to protect her sister from her fate, no matter if she has been disowned and discarded from her family for jilting her cheating betrothed on […]

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This was a tried and true historical story with some twists that were unusual!

Review ~ The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole JordanThe Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan
Series: Legendary Lovers #4
Published by Ballantine Books on January 26th 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
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Venetia Stratham is a feisty, independent and one hell of a woman. She is determined to protect her sister from her fate, no matter if she has been disowned and discarded from her family for jilting her cheating betrothed on their wedding day.

Quinn Wilde, Earl of Traherne is a rake extraordinaire and former best friend of Venetia’s ex., secretly attracted to her for years he feels guilty about her tragically public scene.

So Traherne has decided to try to boost Venetia’s sisters marriage prospects by “courting” her himself. Venetia hears about it and races back to England to confront him. Even going so far as to infiltrate a high-class brothel to find him and demand he leave her sister alone. She, of course, thinks he’s rather nefarious.

The attraction between Venetia and Quinn sizzles right of the page from the very beginning. Traherne wastes no time in laying claim to Venetia. Special Licence STAT!. Although, that might be because everyone thinks she shot him!  Of course, she didn’t but he’s in danger and the rest of the story is how they fall in love with each other and I have to say it leads to some intriguing drama and mystery.

I adored Traherne!  He made my heart go pitter patter! Venetia was a rocking good heroine! No simpering miss there! Her parents are awful! And that’s the understatement of the year.

This was a tried and true historical story with some twists that were unusual! Thanks to Kelly Bowen!

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Despite his notorious reputation, Quinn Wilde, Earl of Traherne, has mostly honorable intentions. So when beautiful Venetia Stratham boldly enters a gentlemen’s club, demanding that Quinn stop courting her sister, he does what any bachelor would do: He kisses her. With her sharp wit, intoxicating passion, and surprising vulnerability, Venetia is irresistible—except for all this nonsense about threatening to shoot Quinn. But when clandestine enemies make an actual attempt on the earl’s life, Venetia is implicated. To save her good name, Quinn does what any true gentleman must do: He proposes.

Thus Venetia finds herself wed to arrogant, wickedly sensual Quinn, whose devilish ways are as legendary as his rumored skills as a lover. Yet vexingly, her body rebels against her vow to remain immune to his many charms. If only she could reform the infuriating nobleman—without diminishing his undeniable allure. As Venetia discovers that a true rake is hard to tame, Quinn faces an even greater challenge: winning his wife’s fragile trust . . . while defending both their lives.

 

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About Nicole Jordan

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan spins delightful tales that simmer with passion and sensuality. In her former life, Nicole grew up as an Army brat, moving frequently and attending high school in Germany. She later earned a civil engineering degree from Georgia Tech and spent eight years as a manufacturing manager making disposable diapers and toilet tissue! Currently Nicole lives in the Rocky Mountains of Utah with her real-life hero (her husband) and beloved kids (her horses).

With over two-dozen historical romances to her credit and four million books in print, set in numerous eras and locales, Nicole now enjoys chronicling the sparks that fly when Regency lovers play the matrimonial mating game.

One of her novels had the dubious honor of being humorously spotlighted by Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show." On a more serious note, Nicole's romances regularly appear on numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today, and have earned such honors as RITA finalist, RWA's Favorite Book of the Year, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance, and the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence, presented by a group of over one hundred romance reviewers.


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@Tastybooktours Review & Giveaway ~ The Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle http://nellesnightstand.com/2016/01/25/tastybooktours-review-giveaway-knave-hearts-elizabeth-boyle/ http://nellesnightstand.com/2016/01/25/tastybooktours-review-giveaway-knave-hearts-elizabeth-boyle/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:00:00 +0000 http://nellesnightstand.com/?p=1794   Enter to Win a Print Bundle of Rhymes with Love Series Books 1-4   The other half of the Tempest Twins gets her match! Excerpt “Come now, Miss Tempest, my uncle expects me to dance with one of you,” he said as he came wavering up to her. “You cannot stand here all night.” […]

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@Tastybooktours Review & Giveaway ~ The Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle

 
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“Come now, Miss Tempest, my uncle expects me to dance with one of you,” he said as he came wavering up to her. “You cannot stand here all night.”

She looked around for her sister, Lady Aveley. Anyone. “I-I-I, oh dear. Mr. Rowland, I don’t believe—” she stammered out, even as Mr. Rowland took her hand, his strong, sure fingers lacing around hers.

No man had ever just come up and claimed her before for the simple reason that Kempton was a small village, and everyone knew (thanks in no small part to Mrs. Bagley-Butterton) that dancing with Lavinia was akin to asking to have your toes trimmed—or those of your neighbors—or to have something valuable broken .

Or a section of your house scorched.

Mr. Rowland, completely unaware of the mortal danger into which he was placing himself and a good portion of London society, just caught hold of her hand and tugged her out onto the floor, utterly and completely deaf to her protests.

“No, please, sir, I don’t think this is wise,” she told him. And she meant it. This was a very bad notion.

But unfortunately, her protests had no effect on Mr. Rowland, horrible scoundrel that he was …

Has that been mentioned as yet? That Mr. Alaster Rowland, the presumptive heir to his uncle’s barony, is the worst sort of knave? It should be. And often.

He was also the most handsome devil Lavinia Tempest had ever met. Or had held her hand. Or smiled down at her with a wicked light in his eyes.

Lavinia had never seen brown eyes hold that sort of promise, the kind that sent a shiver of something so delicious, so dangerous, down her spine that she made a note right there and then to add a new rule to her list at her first opportunity:

No. 83. A proper gentleman should not make one’s insides get so very warm.

In truth, as Mr. Alaster Rowland slid his hand around her waist, took her other hand in his, something altogether improper happened to Lavinia.

It had to be improper, for it certainly wasn’t proper.

“Mr. Rowland, I cannot,” she protested one last time, when to her horror, the band struck up a cotillion.

A cotillion? The last time she’d tried to dance a cotillion, Lady Essex’s house, Foxgrove, had caught fire.

Yet here was Mr. Rowland, laughing and leaning closer. “But of course you can,” he whispered in her ear, his breath warm against her skin.

It was as if he had brushed his fingers there —right against the curve of her neck. It was so intimate, so promising a gesture, that it left Lavinia in a blinding daze.

Yet Lavinia, the girl who had made a study of all things proper, knew exactly how to behave when all was proceeding at a proper pace, but right now she was being steered down a path she’d never taken before and assailed by a river of improper desires.

At least she assumed they were desires, for it was a dangerous, heady sort of warmth spreading through her limbs.

That, and something else happened. Her feet—which before had always seemed two sizes too big—untangled. It was as if the warmth of Mr. Rowland’s touch, his teasing glance, his confidence in her, awakened a very graceful part of her.

Lavinia straightened, head held just so, and a long-forgotten admonishment from the dancing master Lady Hathaway had hired years ago, tripped through her thoughts.

Dancing is all about elegance.

And right there and then, Lavinia felt elegant. Not because her gown was proper. Or that she was standing on the dance floor of Almack’s (though that certainly helped) but because the man gazing down at her held her, not at arm’s length and in obvious fear, but with all the proper care and respect of a gentleman.

Moments later, Lavinia Tempest found herself dancing.

Perfectly. Like a lady. Mr. Rowland moved, as did everyone else, and Lavinia moved as well.

And in the right direction.

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I don’t know about Lavinia but I like a man who makes my insides go warm… don’t you? Tuck and Lavinia are a perfect match :) The synchronous dancing proves it long before anything else!

This story coincides with The Viscount Who Lived Down The Lane, Lavinia’s twin sisters’ story. It’s interesting to see the events that take place through Lavinia’s point of view.

 Miss Lavinia Tempest is entering Society for the first time. She’s eager to find a husband with all her criteria. Everything falls apart though when Alastair  “Tuck” Rowland an outright knave stumbles when dancing with her in the middle of Almacks then leaves her on the floor! (Yes he was a bit tipsy…)

Miss Lavinia Tempest is entering Society for the first time. She’s eager to find a husband with all her criteria. Everything falls apart though when Alastair  “Tuck” Rowland an outright knave stumbles when dancing with her in the middle of Almacks then leaves her on the floor! (Yes he was a bit tipsy…)

Tuck compounds matters when he makes a bet saying he can make her a Diamond by the end of the Season. Of course, this brings them together and with some rather unconventional help, he begins to mold and teach her.

Lavinia is a rather determined woman. She endures a lot throughout the season and sticks with it admirably, even when faced with the tons rejection. Tuck is rather misnomered because while he did make that reprehensible bet, he’s not much of a knave, in truth.

We do get to see the return of the other three ladies and gents from the first three books in the series, Along Came a Duke, And The Miss Ran Away With the Duke, and If Wishes Were Earls, although it’s just a cameo appearance.  It was definitely an intriguing story and their love was slow to build but so sweet to see.

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@Tastybooktours Review & Giveaway ~ The Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth BoyleThe Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle
Series: Rhymes with Love #5
Published by Avon on January 26th 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
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My Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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Synopsis

 

In the fifth novel of the captivating Rhymes with Love
series from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle, a young woman’s
hopes of a match encounter a wickedly handsome complication…

Lavinia Tempest has been eagerly anticipating a
spectacular Season. But one disastrous pile-up on the Almack’s dance floor
derails all her plans. Add to that, the very stunning revelations about her
mother’s scandalous past have become the ton’s latest on dits. Lavinia’s future
has gone from shining bright to blackest night in one misstep.

Alaster “Tuck” Rowland admits he’s partly to blame for
Lavinia’s disastrous debut. But it’s not guilt that compels him to restore her
reputation. Rather, he’s placed a wager that he can make Lavinia into of the
most sought-after ladies in London. Who better than an unrepentant rake to set
Society astir?

Tuck’s motives are hardly noble. But in teaching the
lovely Lavinia how to win any man she wants, he suddenly finds himself tangled
in the last place he ever imagined: in love.

 

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About Elizabeth Boyle

ELIZABETH BOYLE has always loved romance and
now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories
that readers from all around the world have described as “page-turners.” Since
her first book was published, she’s seen her romances become New York
Times and USA Today bestsellers and win the RWA RITA
Award and the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice awards. She resides in Seattle
with her family, her garden and always growing collection of yarn. Readers can
visit her on the Web at www.elizabethboyle.com.

 

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A Regency Paranormal. How could I not?! I jumped into this series on #3 and have to start at the beginning because it is just THAT good! Deliciously good! 

Review ~ The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn by Mia MarloweThe Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn by Mia Marlowe
Series: The Order of the MUSE #3
Published by Entangled: Select Historical on November 23rd 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 255
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I received a review copy of this book from Entangled, NetGalley . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


 
A group of Paranormally inclined regency lords, ladies and even commoners. They are called the Order of the M.U.S.E, Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaire.
 
Heroine ~ Meg Anthony is a commoner who has out of body experiences of finding things or even people. She is a mixture of innocence and sophistication.

Hero ~ Samuel, Lord of Badewyn is a Nephilim, the son of a fallen Angel and a human. Samuel can see the future, not clearly, but enough to send warnings to the Order when needed. He’s cut himself off from civilization in an attempt to circumvent a sort of curse.
 
There are several plot lines running throughout the story, but it is easy enough to keep track of them. The Duke of Camden, the Order’s leader is searching for answers from beyond the grave. Samuel is trying to protect Meg from a fate worse than death. Meg is trying to do her best to help Camden.
 
The romance was wonderful, the story was full of adventure and mystery. The characters interesting beyond measure. I’ll be enjoying the other chapters of this series soon!

 

 

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Synopsis

 

Meg Anthony was never raised a lady. Instead, she grew up amongst grifters who used her unique “finding” ability for their own selfish purposes. Recently, she’s been taken under the wing of the Duke of Camden and the Order of M.U.S.E., learning not only the fine art of becoming a lady, but how to use her extraordinary talent to help others.

But Meg’s gift is a beacon to unsavory characters who would possess her.

Charged with her protection, Lord Badewyn knows—too well—that his wild, Welsh castle is no safe haven for this lovely, all-too-desirable creature. Part human, part fallen angel, he is one of the Nephilim. He is a recluse sworn never to love. As the dangers to Meg grow more threatening, he cannot help but find himself tempted beyond all reason…and tested to see if he has both a heart and a soul.

 

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About Mia Marlowe

Mia learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she won the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and has shared a stage with Placido Domingo. As she prepared for operatic roles, she devised back stories for her characters. Since she’s worn a real corset, and had to sing high C’s in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia’s stories, they don’t die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero!

Now an award-winning author, Mia Marlowe writes historical romance for multiple publishing houses. Her debut title received advance ovations from romance luminaries. #1 New York Times bestseller Victoria Alexander says Mia’s Touch of a Thief has “adventure and heat and everything I want in a great story!” UK’s BooksMonthly has crowned Mia Marlowe “the queen of saucy historical romance.”


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