It Happened in the Highlands by May McGoldrick(The Pennington Family, #2)

April 1, 2018

It Happened in the Highlands by May McGoldrick

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My Review: 1 out of 5 Pearls
Series: The Pennington Family #2
Publication Date: March 27, 2018

Lady Josephine Pennington was jilted by her fiancé once rumors spread about her questionable origins. Her adoptive parents have always provided her with the love and protection she’s needed to feel secure, and over the last sixteen years she’s molded herself to meet the expectations of others. When she receives a package containing sketches where the subject is eerily familiar, Jo believes she might have found a clue to the identity of her birth mother.

When Captain Wynne Melfort ended his engagement to Jo Pennington sixteen years ago, he never imagined he would see her again. But after he uncovers information that could reveal the truth about Jo’s parentage, Wynne feels bound by duty to right an old wrong and inform her of his find. He didn’t expect for feelings long thought dead to resurface, for in his mind a love departed was gone forever.

As they strive to unravel the mystery of her birth, Jo must learn how to trust the man who’d once rejected her and Wynne must reconcile his head with his heart. But as secrets of the past begin to surface, evil forces will stop at nothing to keep Jo from uncovering the truth and reclaiming her legacy. Together, Jo and Wynne must fight the deadly menace lurking deep in the Highland mists.

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I do not like wimpy heroes! Wynne dumps Lady Josephine, because he thinks it best for her! She is sweet, loving, kind, compassionate, and beautiful! The Author’s, whom I like, gave her a poor, low self-esteem! Sixteen years go by, instead of marrying the handsome Doctor, who falls for her immediately, no, she gives into Wynne, the guy who cheated on her, while dating, and had many types of women after he dumps her! I wanted to stop reading after the second Chapter!

I loved the previous books in the Pennington series, however, I firmly believe Lady Josephine deserved better than a man who would not stand up for, just because, she had been adopted! Yet, during that time period, he would marry a woman of Black descent, they didn’t use the term Afican American back then. Which would have caused more of a stir, within the ton, than if he had married Lady Josephine!?

I honestly believe that I am being punished for telling the truth, this is how I felt about the book! Lady Josephine deserved someone who love her much more, than Wynne, who was looking for a Mother for his troubled son. I honestly did prefer the handsome Doctor, who fell in love with her at first sight! That is my honest opinion!

It is obvious to me, that as long as I give 4,& 5 star ratings, then people like me, if I disagree with a book, which I find more flaws, and speak up about them, then my Right to Freedom of Speech is trying to be subdued. I have said, I love the other Pennington Books, not this one. As far as low self-esteem because of her adoption, I had a very good friend in the Military, she was left as a small baby, when her parents came and got her, she hated the term adoption. They loved her, they clothed, and fed her, they sent her to the best College, she was given a beautiful Wedding, they came to visit her family overseas, they were her parents! I asked her, did you ever want to meet your real parents, she was furious, she told me, just like the Pennington’s , her parents, were her real parents! She absolutely loved them, as they did her. She did not have one ounce of low self-esteem! She married a handsome man who absolutely adored her! That is what Lady Josephine deserved! This is my opinion, and I am sticking to it!

I don’t recommend!

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No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: The Survivors #2
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged
that a lady can do anything a man can do:
backwards and in high-heeled dancing slippers.

Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She’s running a ramshackle orphanage, London’s worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.

Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he’s handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.

Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance…

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I love the hero! Neil, any woman who doesn’t fall in love with him, needs therapy! He is struggling with PTSD, after suicide missions during the Napoleonic War. He is the illegitimate son of a Marquess, acknowledged, but not loved. His father hands him jobs go to, being a soldier, he carries his missions out! His father, and the Earl of St. Maur , very close friends, have a new mission for him, bring the Earl’s daughter home! The biggest problem is, she is totally an Earl’s daughter! She is running an Orphanage, not helping, running it, daily, she spends nights there, in Spitalfields, the very dangerous part of London. Neil figures this will take one afternoon, gather her up, take her home. He did not count on a house full of little boys, roof leaking all over the place, general chaos. Nor, did he count on meeting the most beautiful woman, that he had ever seen! Love the story, love the children, love his witty friends! I love what one of them said, “The two of them together, were too pretty go look at”! Love that!
I highly recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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The Duke’s Defiant Debutante by Gemma Blackwood

March 22, 2018

The Duke’s Defiant Debutante by Gemma Blackwood

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Publication Date: March 22, 2018

The reclusive Duke of Redhaven is not somebody to be trifled with.

Fortunately, neither is Miss Angelica Stirling.

Lively, clever, and rather too outspoken, Angelica does not have high hopes for her first London Season… not that she particularly cares. Who needs a husband when you have a good book?

When she receives a surprise proposal from Edward Thorne, Duke of Redhaven, it seems too good to be true. And it is.

The Duke is handsome, mysterious, and brooding – and everything Angelica doesn’t want in a husband. Is one of the biggest fortunes in England really worth the trouble?

Edward returns to London after a decade’s self-imposed exile in need of one thing: a bride. But his strategy of proposing to the first agreeable-looking girl he meets backfires spectacularly. Angelica is anything but the docile debutante he took her for.

Before long, Edward is facing a predicament he never imagined. Angelica has run away from London – and she’s taken his heart with her.

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This is a great, clean, historical romance, with villainy of course! Edward Thorne, Duke of Redhaven, has been living as a recluse for ten years. Some people believe it is because he injured a man in a duel, simply for wanting to marry his sister. They also believe that he murdered his sister. How the ton loves to gossip! He has realized he must take a bride, in order to have an heir. Of course, the next in line, with the most to gain, is our villain, his first cousin. Now, residing in his ducal home in London, his only friend from Eton, is there to fulfill his curiosity, The Earl Of Lathkill, cannot imagine what would bring his very reclusive friend to town.

Isabel Stirling, the youngest of two daughters, of a very wealthy merchant, is prepaing for her come-out ball. She would be much more excited, except, she is reading a book? The real cause is that her lovely, sweet sister Lily, is too ill to come down to be with her. However, Lily talks their very sweet Mother in allowing her to sit during the ball. Who do we think shows up to the ball? Yes indeed, the reclusive, non talkative, murderous duke! He ask to dance with Isabel, believing her to be quiet, and biddable, to his regret, after the damage is done, he finds out, she is an extreme expressive. It is a good light read, after a stressful day. I think Miss Blackwood is getting better with each book!

I recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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Scent of Danger by Wendy Vella

March 13, 2018

Scent of Danger by Wendy Vella

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Sinclair and Raven #4
Publication Date: March 30, 2018

She believes in duty, not love….
As the illegitimate sister of the Duke of Raven, Emily knows only too well how society judges a woman like her, and what a debt of gratitude she owes her family. She also knows the vital importance of maintaining independence, and how cruel fate can eclipse good intentions anytime. Certainly she’s not going to let her head or heart get fooled by the devilishly annoying Cambridge Sinclair, her family’s protector, and London’s notorious rake… who also happened to save her life… more than once.

He’s a reformed rake seeking redemption….
Cam has been intrigued by the mysterious Miss Emily Tolly for years, even though theirs is a turbulent relationship. With her family and others, she’s shy and timid, but with him, she’s anything but. He knows this kitten has claws beneath the quiet exterior and a whole lot of other secrets she’s hiding. But her passion and intelligence draw him irresistibly to her, so when he’s given the opportunity to rescue her once again, he grabs it with both hands. This rescue, though, takes the form of a hastily arranged marriage, which Cam enters into willingly for her sake and her family’s. What he doesn’t count on is the closer he and Emily get, the stronger their passion burns, and Cam finds himself wanting not just her body, but her heart too.

A destiny written in the stars
It was meant to be a dutiful betrothal from the start, but it soon becomes something more. As Emily sees the real man beneath the roguish reputation, her carefully guarded heart begins to believe and hope. Dare she trust the one man who could destroy her?

*All books in this series are standalone stories with an HEA.

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I love this series of the Ravens, and Sinclair’s, the legend goes back to the 1300 hundred, when the a Sinclair saves The Duke of Raven, henceforth, by order of the King, they were to become protectors of all future Ravens. The legend still holds, in England in 1816. 

The current Duke of Raven is married to a Sinclair, as is his half-brother, Max. The entire family lives on a block in the City of London. The older Sinclair’s take care of their  younger brother, and twin sisters. They are so precious, you truly wish that you too, could be in this close family.

The Duke of Raven, James, had not long ago found a half-sister, born on the wrong side of the blanket, Emily. She has so many secrets that she continues to hold onto, in spite of the love , her brother has shown her. Emily is grateful, she is loving toward the families,except for Cambridge, Cam, to his family. They argue every time they are in the same room together.

This is witty, loving, a bit of danger, that could devastate the two families, before it has time to begin. I am a huge Wendy Vella fan, because of heart warming books, just like this one.

I highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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The Earl Of Pembroke by Lauren Smith

March 13, 2018

The Earl of Pembroke by Lauren Smith

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: The Wicked Earls Club
Publication Date: March 13, 2018

She’s a servant masquerading as a lady…

Gillian Beaumont never had a fairytale life: she was left penniless after her father’s death, forcing her into service as a lady’s maid. Luckily, her mistress is more adventurous than most ladies and soon Gillian is aiding her espionage. One such spy mission forces Gillian to masquerade as a high-born lady to infiltrate a Hellfire Club. But when she falls into the club’s trap, she’s rescued by gentleman rogue, the Earl of Pembroke. His heated kisses make her long for a different life, but she has a secret that could destroy everything…

He’s a gentleman on the outside, but a rogue on the inside…

James Fordyce, Earl of Pembroke, tries to be a well-behaved man—for the most part. A member of the Wicked Earls’ Club, he has his fair share of notoriety, but he’s longing for the day when he might settle down. A chance encounter with a mysterious beauty leaves him feeling full of hope. When she vanishes without a trace and danger seems to be following her, he knows he must find her and rescue the woman he is determined to make the future Countess of Pembroke. Tracking her down to the seedy halls of a Hellfire Club, he knows he’ll have to fight against all odds to save her before it’s too late…

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The Earl Of Pembroke, James, meets a lovely young lady while taking his younger sister to the modiste.  She is Gillian Beaumont, daughter of an Earl, the only problem is, and it is a huge problem, she is the illegitimate daughter, her Mother was his Mistress, after his wife died. While he was alive, he was a good, loving father, now, he, and her Mother are dead. To earn a living, she goes to work as a Lady’s maid to The Honorable Audrey Sheridan, sister, and daughter of a Viscount. Miss Audrey constantly finds herself in danger, and Gillian, is the one, who knows her secrets, and goes to her rescue.

The Earl of Pembroke has only met her that morning, we have love at first sight. He already can tell that she is in trouble, and off to her rescue he goes. This is a sweet, not clean but not overtly sexual story. I am deducting one Pearl, for the use of giggling, I truly despise describing a grown young woman’s laughter, as giggles! I am also deducting one half Pearl, for having sex, on the first day that they meet! It is a light read.

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The Earl Of Benton by Madeline Martin

March 13, 2018

The Earl of Benton by Madeline Martin

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My Rating: .5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: The Wicked Earls Club
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

HIS ACTIONS COULD BE TREASON…
Alistair Johnstone’s days of running whisky come to an abrupt halt when he inherits an earldom. After years of living in Scotland and denying his English heritage, he now must return despite his mother’s bitter contempt and his own lack of desire. When his mother’s attempt to run whisky goes awry, Alistair is forced to step in and save her by doing one last whisky run – however, if he’s caught, he will face a traitor’s death.

SHE IS RUNNING FOR HER LIFE…
Emma Thorne’s uncle is trying to kill her and so far has failed, thank goodness. But with only one month until she reaches her majority, inherits her fortune and is released from his guardianship, she knows she is not safe. Emma escapes to a nearby estate where she stumbles upon a house party being held by the Wicked Earls’ Club and finds herself at the mercy of the most extraordinary earl. One who could save her or see her condemned.

PERHAPS THEY CAN SAVE EACH OTHER.
When innocent lies become reality and danger follows them every step of the way, could love be the answer to both their problems, or will their passions be their undoing?

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I thought this was going to be a great adventure, with Emma, running away from her Uncle, and cousin, who are out to murder her! They have mistakenly murdered her ladies maid, now, she is on the run! She has run straight into the arms of the first Wicked Earl, that is truly wicked!

With her Uncle, and cousin , still on the grounds of the Manor, where she has escaped with her maid’s blood, still on her clothes. Begins the soft porn , disgusting book, that I could not, will not read, I cannot believe that I have paid money for t this , I need a bath book! If they had known each other longer than thirty minutes, if she wasn’t trembling with fear, running for her life, if he wasn’t in a hurry to get to Scottland to save his mother,  nope, none of it makes any sense, except to sell sex! This is by far, the worse book that I have had the misfortune to read, this year! Now, if you will excuse me, I need a shower, and something to cleanse my mind. If you want to write porn, then please label it as such! I would have saved my money, and my blood pressure!

I do not recommend! Thanks! Carolintallahassee

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My Once And Future Duke by Caroline Linden

March 6, 2018

My Once and Future Duke by Caroline Linden

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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: The Wagers of Sin
Publication Date: February 27, 2018

What happens at the infamous Vega Club . . .

Sophie Campbell is determined to be mistress of her own fate. Surviving on her skill at cards, she never risks what she can’t afford to lose. Yet when the Duke of Ware proposes a scandalous wager that’s too extravagant to refuse, she can’t resist. If she wins, she’ll get five thousand pounds, enough to secure her independence forever.

Stays at the Vega Club . . .

Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware, tells himself he’s at the Vega Club merely to save his reckless brother from losing everything, but he knows it’s a lie. He can’t keep his eyes off Sophie, and to get her he breaks his ironclad rule against gambling. If he wins, he wants her—for a week.

Until now.

A week with Jack could ruin what’s left of Sophie’s reputation. It might even cost her her heart. But when it comes to love, all bets are off . . .

 

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I love this story! I like Jack, The Duke of Ware, who is stuffy, works hard, keeps his estates running smoothly, keeps everyone fed,clothed, housed, and tries to keep his Mother happy, his younger brother from ruining himself, and the Title from going bankrupt! His brother Phillip, has racked up a 2 thousand pound debt at Vega, a very exclusive gaming club, that allows ladies, not lightskirts, ladies who wish to gamble.

There is one lady in particular, Mrs. Sophie Campbell! She lost her parents, when she was 12, they were a love match! Her father was the oldest son of a wealthy Viscount, her grandfather disowned him, for marrying her French Mother, who happened to be a famous Opera Singer. The three of them traveled the European Continent, and were a very happy family. Then came, in our terms, probably a vicious flu, which killed both of her parents.  Her fathers will  made her Grandfather, the Viscount, her guardian. He wanted nothing to do with her, so, he enrolled her in the most prestigious school for young girls of the ton, or parents, who were wealthy cit. While at school, she made lifelong friends with Eliza, whose father was a wealthy merchant, and Lady Georgiana.

The only way Sophie knew how to make money, to support herself, was playing cards. Her grandfather had cut her off, the minute that she graduated from school. Her father had taught her how to play cards, she also had a good head for math. Sophie’s goal was to make ten thousand dollars, look for a husband, who would not cheat on her, or gamble their money away. She had a plan, and was determined to stick with it!

One night while playing cards, Lord Phillip, the Duke of Ware’s younger brother continued to make a nuisance of himself, Sophie was embarrassed, and becoming angry. She decides to play hazard, something she never played, she knew however, that Philip would lose, and hopefully leave her alone. In walks the most handsome man that she had ever seen, he was angry, and basically called her out for fleecing his younger brother. The Duke of Ware himself, looking like nothing his brother had described. This is where the great story begins!

I don’t like giving away spoilers, however, the one problem I have with the book is, she has never been married, she does eventually tell the Duke this. What I think is strange, she is not a virgin, and they never discussed it! This did ruin Sophie’s personality for me. That, and they never discuss it! I did deduct a Pearl for that. Otherwise, I cannot wait until the next one, in this series!

I Highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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