Saturday, October 29, 2016

His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter

This is the first book that I've ever read by Madaline Hunter - I was actually planning to grab The Wicked Duke when I saw it advertised a while back, but changed my mind once I realized that there were two previous books in this series. Well written and with an art-mystery to be solved, His Wicked Reputation was a fast-paced and satisfying read full of entertaining dialogue and a couple of unexpected twists and turns.

Gareth Fitzallen is the bastard son of a duke. But in spite his illegitimacy, he enjoys a good relationship with his surviving half-brothers. Doors to ballrooms are open to him, and the women can't seem to get enough! But when he inherits a run-down property and becomes involved in the search for a missing art collection, it's not a wealthy society lady who draws his attention, but a spinster struggling to ensure her sister's future.

Eva Russell's life has been a struggle since her brother's death. Especially since she's determined to keep her property and get her younger sister suitably settled. A passionate artist, she scrapes her income together by copying famous paintings with no expectation of ever doing anything more. But then Gareth arrives in town and her world turns upside down, not only because of her undeniable attraction to him, but because the paintings she's be copying are his - borrowed from the attic of the house he's just inherited.

I found this to be a delightful read. Gareth and Eva were wonderful characters, and I especially liked them at the end when they owned their mistakes and trusted each other instead of getting angry and throwing accusations around, because it could easily have gone that way too. Instead, I found the resolution to be perfect and Madeline Hunter's writing style and plot extremely enjoyable. I will definitely be grabbing the following books in this series!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Proposition by Judith Ivory

This was a delightful story about a rat-catcher receiving lessons in speech and etiquette from a lady who, in perfect Pygmalion style, transforms him into a gentleman.

Mick Tremore is a man of limited means who makes an honest living for himself by catching rats in shops and homes throughout London. When an incident brings him to the notice of the wealthy Lamont brothers, they instantly view Mick as an opportunity to make a wager. And with proclaimed spinster and linguist, Edwina Bollash present, the scene is quickly set for a fun and fast-paced romance.

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the characters were well crafted and interesting. Ivory did an excellent job of showing Edwina teach Mick how to talk properly and how to behave in polite company until he's finally able to get away with pretending to be a viscount at a ball. And Edwina was the very proper lady who longs to let go a bit and live a little - an endeavor that Mick is more than happy to help her pursue.

Their romance was gradual, initially based on a physical attraction that eventually grew into undeniable love.
A wonderful read that I would highly recommend to any historical romance enthusiast.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Win more than 50 Regency Romance novels + a Kindle Fire

There's such a great GIVEAWAY happening right now!

To celebrate the beginning of fall, I've teamed up with more than 50 fantastic regency romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!

You can win my novel HIS SCANDALOUS KISS, plus books from authors like Rachel Van Dyken, Sara Ramsey, Ava Stone, and Vanessa Kelly

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Good luck, and enjoy!