Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of THE MARQUIS SHE'S BEEN WAITING FOR, a Marriage Game novel by Ella Quinn

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of THE MARQUIS SHE’S BEEN WAITING FOR, a Marriage Game novel by Ella Quinn, published September 3, 2019.


Blurb for THE MARQUIS SHE’S BEEN WAITING FOR:

Lady Dorcus Calthorp, daughter of the Marquis of Huntington, loved and lost during her first Season, leaving her suspicious of gentlemen. Now Dorie finds herself with no marital prospects in sight—until Alexander, the newly elevated Marquis of Exeter, arrives in town. Handsome, charming, and an interesting conversationalist, he at first seems to be her perfect match. Then Dorie discovers he may not be seeking a wife so much as a land steward and mother to his sisters…

After learning of his father's death, Alexander returns home to find his mother has run off with his land steward, leaving his younger sisters with their governesses. The most expedient solution is a wife who will take the household and estate in hand while he assumes his role in parliament. Lady Dorie meets all the requirements—until she makes a surprising proposal. Instead of marrying Alexander, she will tutor him in his duties, freeing him to find his heart's match. Yet the more Dorie teaches him, the more he longs to change their course of study—to love. And with the end of the Season nearing, he doesn't have much time...

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Connie’s Review:

Alexander (Alex), the Marquis of Exeter, is sitting with his sisters, Lady Phillida Endicott, age 14, and Lady Penelope Endicott, age 16. They are enjoying tea. Alex has just returned from Paris and is now learning to take over his duties of the Marquis now that his father has passed away. He is the guardian of his two sisters. His mother has married the new Earl of Portmore and they have left for Scotland. Alex’s two older sisters are unable to care for their younger sisters as they have other pressing family matters to attend to. So, it all falls on Alex’s shoulders.

Lady Dorie Huntington is a neighbor of the family and has been helping care for the girls until Alex arrived. Dorie is the daughter of the Marquis of Huntington.

Alex knows nothing about running the estate and now has to learn quickly. He calls upon Dorie and her mother to thank them for their help with his sisters. Dorie had had a bad experience with another man and is shy of wanting a relationship, but she is quite taken with Alex’s looks as he is of hers.

Dorie begins to explain a lot about estate management to Alex and he is amazed at her knowledge. She thinks she needs to introduce him to young ladies to help him find a wife. But, he wants to marry Dorie, but she’s not interested in marrying him. Determined to win her love, Alex does all he can to prove to her how much he cares.

I have read a number of Ella Quinn’s books and find that she introduces a LOT of characters from her other books. This plot tended to get bogged down with extra characters and their stories. The end result always ends in a HEA, but I hope that future books will edit out the unnecessary “stuff”.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

THE MARQUIS SHE’S BEEN WAITING FOR, a Marriage Game novel by Ella Quinn, Lyrical Press, available now in ebook and print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks

Monday, September 9, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of THE LADY TRAVELERS GUIDE TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER, a Lady Travelers Society novel by Victoria Alexander

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of THE LADY TRAVELERS GUIDE TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER, a Lady Travelers Society novel by Victoria Alexander, published August 27, 2019.

Blurb for THE LADY TRAVELERS GUIDE TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER:

Before there was a Lady Travelers Society, there was just one lady traveler…

Some marry for love. Some marry for money. But Violet Hagen’s quick wedding to irresponsible James Branham, heir to the Earl of Ellsworth, was to avoid scandal.

Though her heart was broken when she learned James never wanted marriage or her, Violet found consolation in traveling the world, at his expense—finding adventure and enjoying an unconventional, independent life. And strenuously avoiding her husband.

But when James inherits the earldom it comes with a catch—Violet. To receive his legacy he and Violet must live together as husband and wife, convincing society that they are reconciled. It’s a preposterous notion, complicated by the fact that Violet is no longer the quiet, meek woman he married. But then he’s not the same man either.

Chasing Violet across Europe to earn her trust and prove his worth, James realizes with each passing day that a marriage begun in haste may be enjoyed at leisure. And that nothing may be as scandalous—or as perfect—as falling hopelessly in love. Especially with your wife.

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Connie’s Review:

London - 1882

Richard Branham, the Earl of Ellsworth, age 72, is preparing to speak to his nephew and heir, James Branham. James had come to live with his uncle when he was 9-years-old after his parents had died. It appears that James who was engaged to Marie, was caught kissing Violet on the terrace during a ball. Now, he is married to Violet, but confesses to his uncle that he is not ready for marriage. As he admits this, he is overheard by Violet herself. He also says he thinks they should go their separate ways. Deeply hurt, Violet lashes out at James. She refuses to move into a house of her own and Lord Ellsworth insists she remain at Ellsworth House. But she says she wants to travel and never wants to see James again.

London - Six years later

Back in London Violet meets up with James at a ball. He is now the new Earl of Ellsworth since his uncle passed away. Richard’s will stated that for James to inherit all of his properties, he and Violet must live together for 3 years. They must be seen together looking happy at least 3 times a week and there must be no scandal about either of them. To make sure his strict rules are followed, 3 elderly women, one of whom Richard loved, come to be with and watch them.

James soon finds that Violet is no longer the quiet, biddable young woman he married some years ago. She is now independent, outspoken, and knows what she wants from life. They are determined to fulfill Richard’s requests.

Violet had loved traveling all those years and James doesn’t care for it, even getting sick when on a ship. But they go to Italy and Greece and he is amazed at how Violet knows so many people and speaks the language. Will they learn to become friends and have a true marriage?

Violet loves art but James couldn’t care less. However, I did have to laugh at some of his snarky comments about art in general.

This is a good book and I enjoyed the plot, but it was WAY too long, to the point that it became repetitive and almost boring. It should have been cut back quite a lot.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.



THE LADY TRAVELERS GUIDE TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER, a Lady Travelers Society novel by Victoria Alexander, Harlequin, available now in ebook, print, and audio at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of NEVER HAVE I EVER WITH A DUKE, a Spitfire Society novel by Darcy Burke

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of NEVER HAVE I EVER WITH A DUKE, a Spitfire Society novel by Darcy Burke, published August 27, 2019.


Blurb for NEVER HAVE I EVER WITH A DUKE:

Meet the smart, independent women who've decided they don't need Society's rules, their families' expectations, or, most importantly, a husband. But just because they don't need a man doesn't mean they might not want one...

Graham Kinsley is shocked when he inherits a debt-ridden dukedom, and now he has just one month to repay a loan. He needs an heiress—or find a way to recoup the former duke's losses. When he meets the alluring Arabella, he's entranced. Unfortunately, she's as bankrupt as he is, but if they work together they may be able to recover their fortunes. Though if they keep stealing kisses, they may lose their hearts instead.

Arabella Stoke can't afford an attraction to the penniless duke who has vowed to help rescue her family from financial devastation. She needs to find a wealthy husband before her father succumbs to the stress of losing everything. However, as Graham brings them closer to finding the swindler who stole their money, the war between what they want and what they need may ruin them both.

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Connie’s Review:

London - 1819

Arabella Stoke’s father is not well and their family’s financial circumstances have dropped significantly. Her father had made an unwise investment with a man and now finds himself swindled out of all of his money. Her mother spends a lot of time at her husband’s bedside.

When Arabella is out walking her mother’s dog one morning, he gets away from her. Running after him results in her accidentally knocking into a gentleman. She is dressed as a servant so people won’t know that she is reduced to walking her own dog. The gentleman she ran into very kindly helps her look for and find the dog.

Arabella is finding it difficult to be without money. She had loved being part of the Spitfire Society which is a group of young spinster women who prefer to stay single, live in a home of their own and live life as they want. Her two friends, Phoebe Lennox and Jane Pemberton are happy in their lives as young spinster women.

Arabella’s mother is urging her to find a wealthy man and get married right away as the family needs the money. That is certainly easier said than done.

Graham Kinsley, the seventh Duke of Halstead, inherited a pile of debt along with his title. Halstead Manor is not bringing in any money and the mortgage on Brixton Park, just outside London, will soon be foreclosed on. The previous duke had made some very bad investments and after going through the paperwork he left behind, it appears he had been swindled out of his money. Therefore, Graham has no other option but to marry an heiress.

Graham and Arabella meet again at a ball and she confides about her father. He confides that he, too, is poor. No matter, they are attracted to one another. Graham knows that without selling Brixton Park, he won’t have any money with which to fix up and keep Halstead Manor. He wants Arabella to have a good life and knows he cannot offer her much.

Graham has learned that the man who swindled the previous duke and also Arabella’s father, along with countless others is Piers Tibbord. Now, Graham has made it his mission to find this man and make him return the monies that he stole from people. However, he only wishes he had the money to offer for Arabella.

I really liked this story. Both Arabella and Graham are strong people and make a wonderful couple. Boo-Hiss to the man who swindled money from all those people. However, those people were stupid to fall for his get rich quick schemes. I wanted to plant my foot in Arabella’s father’s butt for lying in bed wasting away at his stupidity with his wife and daughter waiting on him. Gah! Get up and be a man! Take charge and get your money back, weakling! I guess my comments prove that the author’s story got my ire up! Well done, Darcy Burke!

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

NEVER HAVE I EVER WITH A DUKE, a Spitfire Society novel by Darcy Burke, indie pub, available now in ebook and print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of DECEIVED BY DESIRE, a Gilded novel by Marie Force

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of DECEIVED BY DESIRE, a Gilded novel by Marie Force, published August 27, 2019.


Blurb for DECEIVED BY DESIRE:


Wealthy American industrialist Aubrey Nelson has invited the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook to visit his family’s Newport seaside “cottage” for the summer. With his parents’ departure from New York delayed, Aubrey’s mother sends him ahead to oversee preparations for their guests. But when he arrives, he’s surprised to find the house and staff in disarray …

With much to do and little time, Aubrey comes to rely on the housekeeper, a lovely young Irish woman named Maeve Brown. And when he also finds himself confiding in Maeve about more personal matters, he tells himself it’s merely their close proximity that draws him to the compassionate, hard-working beauty. Yet when he suspects Maeve is in danger, Aubrey realizes his feelings for her have grown much deeper than they should have. For what will his mother, who dreams of a society match for her only son, have to say when she arrives to discover he’s lost his heart to a girl of the working class?

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Connie’s Review:

1903 - Newport, Rhode Island

Aubrey Nelson, 32, is observing the beauty of the housekeeper, Maeve Brown, who is cleaning his home called Paradis Trouve on Bellvue Avenue. His family had purchased the home from the Astor family.

Having just arrived to see the house opened for the season, he is shocked to see how filthy it is. His parents had wanted him to see that all was ready for the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Westwood.

Apparently, the staff had been angry at Mrs. Nelson, Aubrey’s mother, when they left last season and instead of closing the house up tight, they left windows open. Birds and rodents had come in and fouled up the rooms. Now, Maeve is doing all she can to scrub each and every room.

At first, Aubrey introduces himself as the new butler, but when the real butler shows up, Aubrey is caught in his lie and confesses who he really is. Aubrey pitches in to help, but Maeve does not feel that the owner should do that. He sees the huge mess that has been made so he hires a bunch of people from the village to help clean it.

Aubrey is taken with Maeve’s beauty and her cultured and graceful ways. Although she tries to tell him that he is gentry and she is not, he doesn’t care. He soon learns that she fled Ireland after killing her cruel husband in self-defense. That’s when Aubrey offers to marry her. She agrees and they marry quickly.

But when Aubrey’s family arrives to visit, they are welcoming to Maeve - expect for his mother. Her hatred is deep and Maeve is worried how far the woman will go to get rid of her.

This is a story of two people who fall deeply in love. Their affection for one another is well-written into the story and is totally swoon-worthy. I know readers will enjoy the book. The Gilded Age is a favorite time period of mine. Marie Force is a terrific author and I look forward to reading even more of her books.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

DECEIVED BY DESIRE, a Gilded novel by Marie Force, Zebra Books, available now in ebook, print, and audio at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of A WIFE WORTH INVESTING IN, a Penniless Brides of Convenience novel by Marguerite Kaye

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of A WIFE WORTH INVESTING IN, a Penniless Brides of Convenience novel by Marguerite Kaye, published May 21, 2019.


Blurb for A WIFE WORTH INVESTING IN:

A convenient proposal…

Makes a scandalous match!

Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Knocking on Owen Harrington’s door, impoverished and desperate Miss Phoebe Brannagh wonders if London’s most eligible catch will recognize her. But injured and reclusive, Owen is no longer a carefree man. And he’s in urgent need of a convenient wife! Owen’s shock proposal allows Phoebe to fulfill her life’s ambition to open a restaurant…but his heated kisses tempt her to hope for a new dream—marriage, for real!

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Connie’s Review:

Paris - 1828

Owen Harrington, age 26, is enjoying his time in Paris. While taking in a late night walk, he steps into a bar for a drink. Seeing a lovely, well dressed young woman being harassed by two men. He steps in saying he is the woman’s beau. The men then leave. Thanking him for rescuing her, Owen joins her for a drink. It turns out she is Irish and her name is Phoebe Brannagh. She is waiting for Monsieur Pascal Solignac, a celebrated chef at La Grande Taverne de Londres. His cooking is considered to be the best in Paris. Phoebe works at the restaurant in the patisserie station and is proud to be he only female in the brigade because she is passionate about her work. Her sister, Eloise, is the Countess of Fearnoch and Phoebe has a twin sister named Estelle. All three sisters were cared for by their Aunt Kate, Lady Elmswood, after they lost their parents and brother. Now, Phoebe’s dream is to work side-by-side with Pascal and hopefully buy the restaurant using funds left to her by her father.

Owen is a very wealthy young man who has yet to find a purpose for his life. Phoebe tells him it is essential that he find his purpose. They agree to meet up in two years’ time and see what he has learned about himself.

Two years later after waiting for Owen to show up, Phoebe thinks he has forgotten their agreement. She travels to London and visits his townhome. He is now broken in body and unhappy in life. He had had an accident that left him with a limp, scars, and in pain. Phoebe’s plan had not gone as planned either. Pascal had taken her money and discarded her. Now, she is asking Owen knows of someone who needs a cook. Owen is happy to see her and they end up getting married. He encourages her to continue with her dream of owning and running her own restaurant. She is thrilled and they are happy together, but there are still some medical problems that Owen has and he won’t talk about it. Phoebe is so worried and wonders if she should scrap the restaurant plans. Will there be some way she can get her husband to trust her and open up to her about the devils he is facing and can help him heal?

Oh yes! Marguerite Kaye has done it. Paris and food. It just doesn’t get any better than this. I happen to know that the author is an excellent cook so I know that this was a fun book for her to write. I’m hoping that one day she will write that cookbook I’m waiting for. But back to this lovely book. I really cared for Owen and Phoebe. They both have big hearts and generous souls. I hope many readers will read about their story and enjoy it as much as I did.

Copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A WIFE WORTH INVESTING IN, a Penniless Brides of Convenience novel by Marguerite Kaye, Harlequin Historical, available now in ebook and print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of THE ROGUE TO RUIN, a Misadventures in Matchmaking novel by Vivienne Lorret

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of THE ROGUE TO RUIN, a Misadventures in Matchmaking novel by Vivienne Lorret, published July 30, 2019.


Blurb for THE ROGUE TO RUIN:

The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with a client, which shouldn't be a problem when one’s faking an engagement to the rogue across the street . . .

Ainsley Bourne needs the family business to succeed. But one obstacle stands in her way—Reed Sterling, the huge, handsome, former prize fighter and owner of the gaming hell across the street. His scandalous customers scare off all her marriage-minded patrons and since the devilish brute has no intention of relocating, she sets out to ruin his unsavory establishment. Yet when a vile suitor from her past reappears, Ainsley hastily claims an attachment to the first man who comes to mind… Mr. Sterling, to be exact.

Reed doesn’t know who is more surprised by Miss Bourne’s declaration. She clearly hates him, and he’d never admit their arguments simmer with unrequited attraction. Something about the pleading look in her eyes calls to Reed, and against his better judgment, he quickly plays the part of the besotted fiancĂ©.

Pretending to be in love requires a convincing charade. But with each tantalizing touch and every scandalous kiss, Ainsley starts to wonder if Reed was ever really the enemy at all.

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Connie’s Review:

St. James, London - 1825

Reed Sterling is the owner of Sterling’s a gaming hell. This morning he is met at the front door by Miss Ainsley Bourne, who lives across the street. She is expressing her disapproval as his business is so close to her home. The numerous carriages in the street and the late-night noise are huge irritants to her.

Reed had once been a prizefighter and made enough money to open his own business. His upbringing had been rough which is why he is so good at prizefighting.

Ainsley and her married sisters, Jacinda and Briar, run the Bourne Matrimonial Agency. In that capacity, they act as matchmakers, finding prospective spouses for their clients. The business had been started by their uncle, but he seems to have backed off from being too involved and leaving the work in the hands of his nieces. They are desperate for business to keep the agency afloat.

Ainsley had once been betrothed to Nigel Mitchem, a mean and cruel man. She finally got away from him and to her great relief he married another young woman.

Ainsley and Reed cross paths often and while they are snarky to each other, they are each secretly attracted to the other.

One day, Nigel, now a widower, presents himself at Ainsley's home and she is terrified of him. He starts to torment her until thankfully, Reed shows up and, hoping to get rid of the obnoxious man, they tell him they are engaged. Will Nigel leave her alone now?

Reed is smitten by Ainsley and he does what he can to court her, but she is stubborn and tends to push him away while secretly wanting him. With such different personalities, is there a chance for them to find their HEA?

This is a clever story with several plots going on at the same time. There is angst and humor which is a favorite combination for me. My favorite character is Cat. Yes, Cat is a cat and a cool one at that. I’m sure historical romance readers will enjoy this book.

Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

THE ROGUE TO RUIN, a Misadventures in Matchmaking novel by Vivienne Lorret, Avon Books, available now in ebook, print, and audio at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks

Friday, August 16, 2019

Unwrapping a Review of VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT, an Argeneau novel by Lynsay Sands

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. In an attempt to make up for my neglect, I have been offering up guest reviews for you to enjoy by my dear friend, Connie Fischer. I hope you have been following them.

However, today I am actually sharing my own review of a book I actually got to read recently…albeit several weeks ago – VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT, an Argeneau novel by Lynsay Sands. Being a huge fan of this series, I naturally inhaled it.

***print copy provided by the publisher in a contest but I am sharing an honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT:

“Vampires...”

When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate he’s been waiting for…

Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining. But when Jess discovers who he really is, will she risk life as she knows it for a chance of forever by his side?

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My Review:

Imagine going on a Caribbean destination wedding trip with family and friends and encountering a handsome yet rather crude, rude, and socially unacceptable man who seems to be a pirate but very attracted to you? Sounds like a dream vacation, doesn’t it? Well, Jessica Stewart encounters such a man when she and her cousin join him and his crew to go out on his ship to feed the sharks. However, very quickly, Jess discovers that things aren’t all that they seem and this handsome, pirate captain is actually a vampire. Now terrified and eager to get away from him, Jess does what has to be done and jumps ship. No matter that it’s out in the ocean, in the dark, and she hadn’t really thought it through and has left all her belongings behind—she starts swimming for shore.

Meanwhile, onshore, the handsome Raffaele Notte is vacationing with his cousins, Zanipolo and Santos and after noticing many of the beachgoers had bite marks on them, now suspects there are rogue immortals loose in Punta Cana. They’ve notified Lucian Argeneau, the head of the North Atlantic Council, and are awaiting a response and directions of how to proceed when Raffaele thinks he sees something out in the water. It’s very dark but of course, he can see because he’s an immortal and well, they have all those abilities. When he realizes it’s a woman, he jumps into the water and starts swimming towards her. Unbeknownst to her, she has attracted the attention of sharks so he must hurry. Of course, he can swim faster than most Olympic swimmers and reaches her before the sharks can make a snack of her. Once he has her, he tries to read her thoughts but is unable. He attributes it to her either being intoxicated or exhausted from swimming so puts it from his mind especially when the only word she utters is vampires.

Once Raffaele, Zani, and Santos discover what is happening in Punta Cana, they know they must protect Jess from Vasco, the immortal pirate captain who is determined to steal her away to his ship. You see, Raffaele cannot read Jess, while Zani and Santos can so they get the whole story from her mind. Raffaele cannot read her because she is his potential life mate and he has to figure out a way to keep his desire for her from overriding his responsibility to keep her safe while trying to convince her to accept him. There is another problem in that Vasco, the immortal pirate, also cannot read Jess and believes she is his life mate and so wants to steal her away so they might sail the high seas together and forever.

VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT by Lynsay Sands is action from the start with sexy men coming out of the woodwork. With Jess possibly being the life mate of two handsome and sexy immortals, she’s got her hands full with desire, skepticism while wondering if she’s going crazy and at times, being terrified for her life. All she wants to do is get a new passport and go home. Although, after spending time with Raffaele…and experiencing life mate sex…she isn’t too eager to leave him behind. Having Vasco in constant pursuit of her, however, is enough to make her wish she’d never come to Punta Cana. Meanwhile, Raffaele, Zani, and Santos are trying to figure out what to do about the rogues while keeping Jess safe. It’s not an easy task, especially with Zani constantly pushing Raffaele at Jess. To say he’s excited his cousin has met his life mate is an understatement. I love these guys.

I thoroughly enjoyed VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT from the first page to the last. It didn’t hurt that it takes place on a tropical island and so my imagination happily took me to the sun, beach, and sexy men.

I highly recommend VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT by Lynsay Sands because it’s fun, adventurous,  and will have you chuckling under your breath and smiling at the antics of these sexy immortals and their fumbling around a usually half-dressed woman. In case you’re wondering, whereas it’s best to read more than one or two of the Argeneau series to get the story behind them and meet the characters, it’s not necessary as each usually stands alone as a great read. However, I highly recommend this series even if you’re not into paranormal because Lynsay Sands writes them with such joy, humor, and adventure. Trust me, you’ll love the Argeneaus.

Happy Reading Everyone!!

VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT, an Argeneau novel #28 by Lynsay Sands, Avon Books, available now in print, ebook, and audio at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Unwrapping a Guest Review by Connie Fischer of DISCOVERING GRACE: an Inglewood novel by Sally Britton

Greetings my darling readers, I know I’ve been remiss in providing you reviews of good reads this past year and I apologize. Life has a hold on me which does not allow me much reading time. I have tried to make up for that in publishing my own good reads for you and I hope you’ve given them a try. So to make up for my neglect, I will be offering up guest reviews for you enjoy. I hope to be back reviewing for you soon but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy my dear friend, Connie Fischer’s reviews to guide you to good reads. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

I present to you a guest review of DISCOVERING GRACE: A Regency Romance, an Inglewood novel by Sally Britton, published August 13, 2019.


Blurb for DISCOVERING GRACE: A Regency Romance:

A Sweet Regency Romance

To avoid being sent across an ocean, Grace switches places with her sister. The only man aware of their deception? A dear friend, and her secret love.

Grace Everly has no desire to set sail for the Caribbean, unlike her adventurous twin sister, Hope. Thanks to her sister’s irresponsible behavior and subsequent banning from the journey, Grace’s father decides to send her in Hope’s place. Desperate to remain where things are familiar, Grace proposes an unthinkable plan: that she and sister switch places. They only have to keep up the act long enough for Hope to board a ship in London. When the man who has stolen Grace’s heart learns of their secret, things get more complicated.

Jacob Barnes, soon to be ordained a vicar, has known Grace and Hope his whole life. Though close to both sisters, he’s dreamed of courting Hope for months. When he realizes his friends have switched places, putting the woman he admires out of his reach, he agrees to help with the subterfuge despite his bruised heart. As he watches Grace stumble in her acting abilities, attempting to change who she is, he realizes how much she means to him. But how does he tell her, without risking their friendship?

The deception puts their relationship to the test. As Grace hides her heart and her identity, Jacob examines his feelings, and no one in their community will be happy when the truth is discovered.

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Connie’s Review:

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Grace and Hope Everly, age 24, are twins. Although identical in appearance, they are opposites in temperament. While Grace is calm and a homebody. Hope is prone to mischief and has a bit of a bad temper. Hope wants to travel to London to take in some of the season or go to Bath to take the waters. Unfortunately, the girls’ mother doesn’t like to travel, so there they stay.

Today, their friend, Miss Irene Carlbury has come to call. She grew up on the Caribbean island of St, Kitt’s, and has now come to England to polish her manners and such. Irene’s family will be returning to the Caribbean for the better part of a year. They want to take one of the twins as a companion for Irene and wants the girls’ parents to decide which sister should go. The parents choose Hope and she is delighted. Although Grace does not wish to go, she is saddened at being separated from her sister. Relieved at not being chosen, Grace still worries that Hope doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting into.

Jacob Barnes is a neighbor to the Everly family and secretly is in love with Hope. He is sad to learn that she is leaving. Jacob will soon become the new vicar.

When Hope’s temper causes a carriage accident that injures a young man, her father denies her the trip to the Caribbean, and will send Grace in her place. Both girls are devastated. So, at the last minute, they pull a switch allowing Hope to go as Grace and Grace acting and dressing like Hope until at least Hope’s ship has departed. The deception is difficult for Grace and she feels bad lying to her father.

Soon, Grace and Jacob spend more time together and Grace confesses to him. He is shocked at her deception. When her father finds out, he is furious and makes her stay in her room and tells her that she must confess her sin in front of the church members.

This is where I said - wait a minute! That is way too harsh a punishment to inflict on a woman who is 24-years-old for Pete’s sake. There comes a time in life when a parent doesn’t get to treat their offspring like a child. I almost stopped reading the book, however, I like the author so I finished it. The author brings it together for the reader in the end and promises that we will read Hope’s story in her next book. I do hope that it is not as harshly religious as this one, because that was a huge turnoff!

Copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

DISCOVERING GRACE: A Regency Romance, an Inglewood novel by Sally Britton, Blue Water Books, available now in ebook and print at Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.