Murder Never Retires by Faith Martin

May 30, 2018

Murder Never Retires by Faith Martin

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Publication Date: May 21, 2018

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER! And this time she’s going to solve the cold cases which no one else could crack.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW RETURN.”

Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie. But the evidence never added up.

However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice?

Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker.

Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention?

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This is the best book that I have read in ages! What a story! Hiliary comes back to work after taking a year off, well she actually retired, or so she thought. Not ever having read this Author or her books, I am now a die hard fan, why didn’t someone tell me about these books?! Thank you Netgalley, for allowing me to peruse new Authors. I honestly have been reading since I was three, always had a book in my hand. Lately however, I am just weary of the same trope over, and over! Then I read this, did not put it down until I was finished! This is a book for people who weary of profanity, (because the Author can’t write), it is cold cases reopened, there is a handsome DI, which she was before she retired, she has me wanting to jump over the desk after him too, all in her imagination! Too funny. I do hope they get together in the next book, that stalker, how scary is that, it gives me the creeps! Every woman who has had one, can empathize with her, and understand the anger, and fear! I loved everything in this book, everything!
I highly recommend! Thank you! Enjoy!

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The Duke of Lies by Darcy Burke

May 29, 2018

The Duke of Lies by Darcy Burke

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Series: The Untouchables Book 9

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Verity Beaumont has suffered domineering men most of her life, first with her father and then with her husband. Free from both men, she has finally found peace. Even meeting a kind and hard-working gentleman who just might be the perfect father her young son so desperately needs. But as she dares look to the future, her carefully ordered world is shattered when her dead husband returns.

After six years away, Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn, returns to claim his place and protect his family. Only, the life he finds is not the life he left, and he must convince his wife that their marriage is worth fighting for, that he’s not the man he was. When the truth about what happened to him leaks out, he must prove that not everything about him, especially his love for her, is a lie.

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Verity Beaumont was married off to the highest bidder her domineering father could find. Rufus Beaumont, Duke of Blackburn, treated Verity worse than people treat their dogs! Her father never said a word in her defense, he, and The Duke hired a steward who kept the books from her, even after Rufus went missing!

After six and one half years, she and her little boy Beau, born when his father disappeared, were living a happy life, in fact she finally found a Steward she could trust, and he loved her little boy, and she had grown fond of him. Just when things were looking up, a man rode up the long driveway, her whole world shattered, The Duke had returned!

This man had changed, changed so greatly, she could not believe it was the same man. Now, for him to convince Verity that he would do anything to protect her, and his son, whom he loved more than he thought possible! He wanted Verity to forget the past, and look forward to their bright future, if only she could trust him!

I highly recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!

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Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain

May 6, 2018

Lady Rogue by Theresa Romain

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Joining me today is Theresa Romain.

Welcome Theresa! Let’s get started.

Why did you choose to write about a commoner man marrying an aristocratic lady? Do you think that it truly would have worked?

This wasn’t a pairing I’d written before (I think…now I need to go check my backlist!), so that made it interesting to me. Power and influence in English society 200 years ago worked very differently than they do in our modern US society. Regency characters aren’t simply modern folks in long dresses—though that being said, my characters are always open to change. Otherwise, how can they grow and earn that HEA?

I do think that a commoner man/aristocratic woman marriage could have worked. We’ve got examples, both modern and historical! Though it was definitely less usual than for an aristocratic man to marry a commoner woman, because historically in England, children inherited their father’s rank—so an aristocratic woman wouldn’t have passed on her own title/rank to her kids.

Lady Isabel of LADY ROGUE doesn’t feel she has anything to lose, though. She has plenty of money; she enjoys society but doesn’t need to be at its heart; she was married before out of duty rather than love. She’s about as independent as a woman of her time could have been, and so her romance is of an independent sort too.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Some of both, really. I have chronic fatigue issues, and writing takes a lot out of me physically. It doesn’t make sense, but it’s the case! Yet when a project is going really well and I make the day’s word count goal with time to spare, it can be very energizing. It makes me feel like I’ve done something worthwhile with my day.

Do you try to be original, or give readers what they want?

Why not both? 🙂 I want each of my stories to contain characters and events that feel fresh so that I’ll enjoy writing it. But since I’m the same me writing each book, they definitely have points in common: banter, literary references, beloved pets…things like that.

Do you want each of your books to stand alone, or are you working towards a body of work?

Again, why not both? Since any one of my books could be the first one a reader finds, each story must stand on its own and have a self-contained love story. For those who like to follow a series in order, I think it can be fun to include continuing plot threads or characters, but the reader of just one book won’t be left confused. I’ve just finished my 18th romance, counting novels and novellas, and the longest series of connected books I’ve written is four stories.

What is your favorite underappreciated book?

Most of the books I love are well known among other romance readers, but to people who don’t read romance, they might not be familiar. I’ve used the books of Courtney Milan and Susanna Kearsley to convince friends who read fiction that they really ought to be reading romance as well! But those authors’ books are very well-loved, so I wouldn’t call them underappreciated. Now you’ve got me thinking about this, though—thank you! I share book recommendations on BookBub when I particularly enjoy something I’ve read, so watch that space and maybe we’ll all find an underappreciated gem.

What does literary success look like to you?

That’s a great question, and I bet every author’s answer is a little different. My own definition of success would be enough money to live on without pinching every penny, the respect of my peers, and awesome readers who enjoy my books. Thank you so much for being one of the latter!

Thank you for being with me today, I hope your book is a huge success! Will this be a series? Sorry, could not help myself! 

Yes, LADY ROGUE is part of a series. It’s loosely connected to the first two Royal Rewards books, FORTUNE FAVORS THE WICKED and PASSION FAVORS THE BOLD. A final book, LADY NOTORIOUS, will be out on February 26, 2019. More info about each of these, and all my other books, can be found on theresaromain.com.

Thank you so much for hosting me!

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Lady Rogue

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Royal Rewards Book 3
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

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As far as London’s high society knows, Lady Isabel Morrow is above reproach. But the truth is rarely so simple. Though the young widow’s passionate fling with dashing Bow Street Runner Callum Jenks ended amicably months ago, she now needs his expertise. It seems Isabel’s late husband, a respected art dealer, was peddling forgeries. If those misdeeds are revealed, the marriage prospects of his younger cousin— now Isabel’s ward—will be ruined.
 
For the second time, Isabel has upended Callum’s well-ordered world. He’s resolved to help her secretly replace the forgeries with the real masterpieces, as a . . . friend. A proper sort of friend doesn’t burn with desire, of course, or steal kisses on twilight errands. Or draw a willing lady into one passionate encounter after another. Isabel’s scheme is testing Callum’s heart as well as his loyalties. But with pleasure so intoxicating, the real crime would be to resist . . .

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TRULY GOOD READ!

This is a great story, both poignant, and uplifting. How a Marquess’s daughter, Lady Isabel goes from a marriage to a very cold man, to finding love with an Officer of The Police. I love the Bow Street Runner, Callum Jenks, still trying to solve the death of Lady Isabel’ s husband. He never truly believed everything was as it seemed. Lady Isabel finally realized that just confining her activities to the requisite house calls is not enough any longer, she wants to contribute in some small way to the world she was born into. I did not think that I would like Lady Isabel marrying outside the Aristocracy, with no money, however, as usual , Theresa Romaine makes it seem perfectly natural. 
I Highly Recommend! Thank you! Enjoy!

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Which do you prefer, that a man of the Aristocracy, and monearry beneath him, or a Lady of the Aristocracy, marrying a man who is not of the Aristocracy, and has no money? During this time period, do you believe that either would truly work?

Ladies of the Stone by Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin, Cecelia Mecca, and Lori Ann Bailey

Ladies of the Stone by Eliza Knight, Madeline Martin, Cecelia Mecca, and Lori Ann Bailey

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My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: A Scottish Romance Anthology
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Four bestselling Scottish romance authors take you on an epic journey through the heart of Scotland…

From within the soul of a special stone, the embodiment of the heart of Scotland, a protector is selected. A woman with a pure heart and the ferocity of a warrior is called to the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye upon the death of the previous protector. However, nature has a way of balancing itself, and so with each call to a Protector comes the call of an evil force, set on using the stone for their own purpose. These are the stories of the Protectors of the Heart of Scotland, the stone they seek to keep safe and the love that strengthens and emboldens them.

The Highlander’s Quest by Eliza Knight Her mission was to protect the young boy king. He’s uncovered a plot to destroy Scotland. Together, they must fight a powerful enemy who hides behind a traitorous veil of secrecy…

Cassandra by Madeline Martin Together their power is brilliant. But when destiny rivals the safety of family and the whole of Scotland hangs in the balance, can their love survive the required sacrifice?

The Protector’s Promise by Cecelia Mecca Two bitter enemies. One sacred vow. Will the passion that flares between them consume everything they love?

The Highland Guard and His Lady by Lori Ann Bailey To protect Scotland, she must eliminate her greatest enemy. But when the challenge begins, will he forgive her for destroying his family?

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This is the story of various ladies, given a legend of becoming, the human Protectress of Scotland.  In each story , all except one, they are young women, one is twenty-nine, I realize today, that is not old, however, in the 12 Century, it would have been. The only good thing that I have to say about these short stories, in my humble opinion, only one, Lori Bailey, whom I have never heard of, at least, has the vernacular correct! The words are too modern for that time period!? Why on earth, would three, or four, writers, get this vital part wrong? The last one, the best, the name? LessLee, that absolutely drove me to distraction, along with the vernacular, I was already there! The most important thing to remember, I buy these books, and I pay my own money for this site. I am not out to dislike books, in fact, to be honest, I would have quit at page three. However, I read them all, in order to be fair. This was a great idea , sad to say, it fell on bad writing. I have the right to my Integrity, and I will call out poor writing, when I see it.  On a sidebar here, Robert The Bruce, had many sisters, whose real names, could have been used, from generation to generation as keepers of the Stone, a truly better idea, that has sadly, gone to waste. On the other hand, no one ask my opinion. 

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An Affair with a Spare by Shana Galen

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April 26, 2018

An Affair with a Spare by Shana Galen

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: The Survivors
Publication Date: July 3, 2018

He’s turned seduction into an art form…
Rafe Beaumont, fifth son of an earl, uses his irresistible charm with the ladies to glean dangerous war secrets. Now he’s putting those skills to the ultimate test: capturing an elusive assassin by seducing his daughter. The problem? She’s entirely immune to Rafe’s flattery.

Never before has Collette Fortier met a man as attractive as Rafe. But her father’s life is at stake, and succumbing to Rafe would be disastrous. But when Rafe turns the tables on her, offering support and friendship instead of a fleeting affair, Collette finds herself tempted in ways she never could have imagined…

 

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Rafe Beaumont, member of Lt. Colonel Draven’s hero’s, and fifth son of an Earl. The dangerous war that Rafe fought was in bedrooms, with some of the wives of Napoleon’s top leaders! This was his dangerous assignment, now, the war is over, the men at their Club, he fought with, tease him unmercifully about his dangerous work!

Now, he truly has been given a dangerous assignment, he must seduce the daughter of Napoleon’s most brutal assassin. Collette Fortier, has never met a more handsome man in her entire life, yet with hundreds of women chasing him, she is immune, only because her father’s life is in danger, under the Bourbon’s, who have returned to the throne.

I have wept through some of this incredible Story, and I have laughed more out loud, while reading this book! There are some people who become nervous, and strange things come out of their mouths, without their realizing it. Colette, says the strangest things!

I love Shana Galen’s work, that, however, does not preclude my honesty, and more importantly, my integrity. I love this Book! I highly recommend! Enjoy! Thank you!

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Lord Of Fortune by Darcy Burke

April 23, 2018

Lord of Fortune by Darcy Burke

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Legendary Rogues Book 3
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Dashing adventurer Penn Bowen is dedicated to preserving Britain’s history and his carefree, bachelor lifestyle. He’s happiest when he’s in pursuit of knowledge and the occasional liaison with the right woman. So he’s more than a little perturbed when the wrong woman inserts herself into his latest quest—proving that a valuable artifact in Oxford’s museum is a fake. Amelia Gardiner is smart and capable…and determined to prove that Penn is wrong about the treasure her grandfather found.

Amelia won’t allow Penn to denigrate her family’s legacy, and she certainly won’t join the ranks of women who throw themselves at his feet. As secretive and dangerous factions infiltrate their hunt, Amelia and Penn must work together to stay one step ahead. But passion ignites between them and suddenly their alliance is more than a simple convenience. When peril strikes too close, they’ll risk everything they hold dear: family, honor, and a chance for the greatest treasure of all—love.

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This is a great story of Penn Bowen, a Curator, archaeologist for the Museum of Antiquities in Oxford. When his parents died, he was taken in, by a Scholar, who he loves dearly as his true Father, and Mother. He is out to prove that an important item in the Museum is a fake, he wants to find the real artifact. 

Amelia Forester, is out to prove that her Grandfathers artifact is real, before his death, he told her of another artifact to be found. She is out to find it, however, he warned her, of the Order, and to be wary of them, they were not to be trusted!

That is how the two meet, searching for this same artifact. I found all of this, extremely interesting, I like the two of them together, the one thing, I dislike, is his language. His profanity is an excuse that he uses because, he is always in dirty places, scrounging for artifacts? I am sorry, this I can’t buy! During that time period, Gentlemen never forgot that they were gentlemen! Other than that I liked the biggest surprise toward the end! It is a good little mystery.

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