Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean (The Rules of Scoundrels #4)

Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLeanAvailable: November 25, 2014 Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Edelweiss

Reviewer: Pam

She is the most powerful woman in Britain, A queen of the London Underworld … But no one can ever know. He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth, Putting all she has at risk . . . Including her heart.

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now. Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

I love this series and have waited patiently for each new book about these incredible men and the strong women that have caught their eye. This is the fourth book and after reading a teaser I knew this book could not come fast enough and I was very happy after reading.

Lady Georgina Pearson is the daughter of a duke and sister of another. She had the world at her fingers when she made the mistake of believing she was in love with a stable boy at a young age and today, ten years later she still feels the sting of being abandoned by society. Throughout the years she has snubbed her nose at those same people, getting her revenge as one of the owners of the most scandalous gaming hells in all of Britain, The Fallen Angel. Only a few know who she really is, but she holds the most prestigious men in the palm of her hand and has crushed many who have betrayed her. Three of the owners are well known and are frequently at the Angel, but Chase who is the most mysterious is never seen, probably because he is a she.

Duncan West is the owner of five London publications he is also considered the fifth virtual partner because he built a name and fortune on the scandals and secrets he received from Chase. He has never met Chase and always receives the messages through Anna, the madam at The Angel. When Georgina asks him to help her become the toast of the town through snippets in his newspaper, he agrees but when he finds out she and Anna are the same person he also wants some help from her, and he does not even know the best part about Georgina and Anna.

The Rules of Scoundrels is an amazing series, I loved each book that revealed these incredible men who have gone from rags to riches and win the women of their choice. The Fallen Angel is a force unto itself in the city and the four who own and run it weld the power to take down the most influential men in London, most people tread lightly when dealing with them.

Georgina is a powerful heroine, she is smart, brave and protective and I adore her. From the time she was ruined years ago she had two things on her mind, get even with society and protect her daughter. Thankfully she had the help of her brother to gain the means to do just that. Throughout the ten years she has amassed a fortune and the power to bring down anyone in the country, only she found that her daughter was still vulnerable. I also found that Georgina is scared inside, she comes across as this powerful person, either as herself or Chase but she is hiding from the world.

Duncan is an enigma, he is extremely powerful but also lives in fear of one man who could crush him. I actually liked that both Georgina and Duncan have this vulnerability within them. The two together are an unlikely couple at first and although there is an attraction and some heated chemistry there are many things in the way, she wants a titled husband and does not want to reveal who she is and Duncan is not looking for a partner as he believes he will never be far from his past. Duncan also believes that Georgina/Anna belongs to Chase and as the attraction grows between them he gets angry at Chase, wanting to reveal him in public. Unfortunately he is not the only one that wants to know.

The pace of the story flows well , there is blackmail, lies, deceits and intrigue that are rampant in this book and it is very exciting to read. Many things are not revealed until the end which made me want to keep reading, I enjoy knowing the secrets but I am always anxious to know how others will react when they find out. Secondary characters are key to the story, this is the final book in the series and in many scenes we are treated to all the scoundrels along with their amazing women, I also like Georgina’s daughter Caroline, she is an extremely smart young girl and added much to the story.

The story can be read as a standalone as the author brings the reader up to date seamlessly however I would recommend them all as each scoundrel’s book is worth reading.

I give Never Judge a Lady by her Cover by Sarah MacLean 4.25 stars!

Fired By Her Fling by Christy McKellen

Fired By Her Fling by Christy McKellenAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Harlequin KISS

My Copy:Sent

Reviewer: Pam

“You’re fired.” Not what radio DJ Tallulah Lazenby expects to hear from the sex god she was in bed with just hours earlier! Who turns out to be her new boss. Total. Nightmare.

Executive Tristan Bamfield’s reasons for being in London are strictly professional…until he manages to sleep with the woman he was supposed to be firing! And when Tristan has to take charge and get Lula back on air, what was supposed to be one night becomes weeks of tantalizing torture! Because back in the studio those red-hot memories are making Lula a major distraction…and “business as usual” is much easier said than done…

This is a cute romance that features a sexy hero and heroine, several missteps and miscommunications and witty dialog.

Tallulah Laxenby (Lula) is nervous about a grievance meeting she has with the owner of the radio station she works for. She is a DJ who slept with the station manager, an error she regrets immensely, but since that mistake she has brushed the manager off and refuses to be anything more than an employee. In retaliation he is not giving her the promotion she deserves and messing with her current shows.

Tristan Bainfield has travelled to London to settle a disagreement at a radio station his father owns. He has been running his father’s business for several years, but does not usually have to deal with the day to day problems and he is pissed. As he sits in a local bar to drink his problems away he meets a woman who also wants to escape her reality for just awhile. They hook up that night for a little anonymous sex and it is not until he finds her driver’s license the next day that he realizes she is his morning meeting, he feels betrayed, thinking she was playing him. After he fires her, he realizes there is more to the story and he must sort through the lies, misconception and his father’s loyalties to find the truth.

I thought this was a cute romance with great sexual tension, humorous conversations and engaging characters.

Lula is a kick, she is feisty and strong willed, a true match for a billionaire who is a bit on the grumpy side. Tristan’s recent girlfriend broke off their relationship and started dating his brother, something that has knocked him off his game. Not that he is overly sorry for the breakup but he thought all was well until the end and you can tell he is perplexed by both the breakup and Lula, she is a puzzle to him.

The two definitely have chemistry and their first night together is amazing but as things get tricky poor Tristan has to do some groveling and some wooing to get both Lula back as an employee and as someone he would like to see more of. I love how he goes about the task, he remembers things she says and does and uses these to make her look at him in a different light. She is a bit gun shy since both the men she recently slept with have messed with her career and although she is attracted to Tristan, she backs away, trying to find a balance in her life.

This is not an overly long story so the romance and differences are settled quickly. I enjoyed several of the secondary characters and I also liked how Tristan, his brother and the ex-girlfriend’s relationship is portrayed. All in all a fun romance with an author that keeps a reader’s interest until the end.

I give Fired by her Fling by Christy McKellen 3.75 stars!

Not Quite Forever by Catherine Bybee + GIVEAWAY

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Montlake Romance

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she’s prepared to write him off…until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he’s determined to win her back. For the first time in years, he knows he’s ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakota’s doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want?

I thought this book was extremely entertaining, the characters are witty and the premise is enjoyable. I like this author’s voice and I am excited to read more from her.

Dakota Laurens is a bestselling romance author enjoying herself at a convention in Florida; she meets Walt Eddy who is at the same hotel for another convention. They are intrigued by each other and are delighted when they realize they do not live far apart in California. Walt is an emergency room doctor who also volunteers for Borderless Doctors, to say he is busy is a bit of an understatement.

The two try several times to connect after the convention and after several cancellations they finally decide that maybe a weekend away would be a great way to spend time together, he proposes they

travel to his parents place in Colorado to celebrate his father’s birthday. This is eye opening for Dakota as she gets a view of Walt’s life and the reason he is the way he is, his commitment phobia is buried deep along with a secret or two.

Another great story by an author who I have enjoyed reading before.

I thoroughly enjoyed Dakota; she is smart, thoughtful and very formidable. She says what she is thinking and stands up for herself at every turn. She believes someday she will find her happily ever after but until then she is not going to waste her time.

Walt is a different type of hero, he is commitment shy and we do not really know the reason until late in the book. His parents have also shaped his personality, they are very stuffy and overbearing and you can feel the disappointment they have for Walt in every sentence they speak.

The two together work well, at first they both use each other for their own reasons, he is trying to stop his mother from setting him up on dates and Dakota says she wants to use him in a new book she is writing, but things change quickly, at least for her and her feelings are hurt several times as she kicks herself, she always falls hard before thinking. Walt on the other hand is backing away almost as soon as they start being intimate, you can tell in everything he says and does. The chemistry between them is palpable and it is a shame when life invades their time together spooking Walt to the point that he stops calling which Dakota does not take lightly and does her own backing away. But the attraction is too strong and there is some good groveling on Walt’s part when he decides he made a mistake, I always love a hero that can grovel.

The pace of the story works well and I found myself wanting to stay put and read until the end of the story as I was completely engrossed in the tale. Secondary characters play important roles in this book; several couples from previous books make appearances such as Monica and Trent. I also enjoyed Dakota’s friend Mary, she has an interesting relationship with Trent’s brother Glen. Both Walt’s parents and Dakota’s parents are important to the story and their relationships go through several stages with a very satisfying ending. As always with this author, I am excited to read more from her.

I give Not Quite Forever by Catherine Bybee 4.25 stars!

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.

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He’s No Prince Charming by Elle Daniels

He's No Prince CHarming by Elle DanielsAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

A wounded beast . . .

It took Marcus Bradley forever to find a suitable bride. And then he lost her—all because some meddling matchmaker with a crazy notion about “true love” helped her elope with another man. Now, to save his sister from a terrible marriage alliance, he needs a replacement—an heiress, to be exact . . . and he knows just the woman to help him find one.

A spirited beauty . . .

Danielle Strafford believes everyone deserves a fairytale ending—even the monstrously scarred and notoriously brooding Marquis of Fleetwood. Not that he’s left her a choice. If she doesn’t help him secure a wife—by any means necessary—he’ll reveal her scandalous secrets.

A passion that will consume them both.

The more time Marcus spends with Danielle, the less interested he is in any other woman. But the Beast must do the impossible: keep from losing his heart to a Beauty he is destined to lose.

I love stories based on the Beauty and the Beast and will read any book that contains this premise. He’s No Prince Charming is a great example of a story about a feisty woman taming the ill-tempered beast.

Marcus Bradley, the Marquis of Fleetwood is a foreboding man, he has scars on his face and body and a temperament that does not leave many young debutants looking past his disfigurements with many in the ton calling him The Beast. He was looking forward to finally getting married and being able to help his sister when he finds his fiancé Anne, running away with the help of a mysterious woman. As he watches the exchange he vows to get even by using her for a preposterous scheme.

Danni Green owns a bookstore which is also a front for Danni’s Gretna Green Bookings. After she helped her best friend with an unwanted marriage she starts a business of winging away brides and their true loves to Gretna Green. When Marcus approaches Danni with his proposal, she wants nothing to do with it, but must in order to protect herself, never realizing they would be stuck together traipsing around the countryside looking for a missing woman.

Danni is a spirited woman that fights other people’s battles. mostly woman who are forced to marry against their wishes and love another. When she started this business she never knew how many she would help and feels very satisfied with how much she has done. It is interesting that she helps others but she feels compelled to marry a man her father wants, believing she might one day fall in love with him, apparently what she wishes for others she does not wish for herself.

Marcus is your true tortured hero, he was abused by a horrific father while growing up, he has reoccurring nightmares and often has debilitating attacks that come at unexpected times. He has a heart of gold, wanting to protect his sister at all costs but the way he goes about obtaining his goal is a bit strange and wrong, but he is a desperate man and his hands are somewhat tied.

Marcus and Danni are interesting together, his agenda does not let him focus on her at all and although she finds she can look beyond his scars there is so much between them that the attraction is muted at first. They do share witty conversations and when you get Ginny (the wealthy heiress) involved the three can banter back and forth like pros. As the two spend more time alone, they find their attraction is not to be denied but there is still some danger, many secrets and law breaking they must get past before they can see a future.

The pace of the story starts out fast and does not really let up until the end and the characters were well rounded and engaging. I guess I liked everything but how Marcus goes about getting a bride and that tripped me up. I enjoyed many of the secondary characters and thought they played important roles in the story, Ginny was a hoot and added many hilarious moments. I do like the author’s voice and will be excited to read more in this series, the ending did allude to a story with Marcus’s sister and the man she is betrothed to, which peaks my interest.

I give He’s No Prince Charming by Elle Daniels 3.25 stars!

Make You Remember by Macy Beckett (Dumont Bachelors #2)

Make You Remember by Macy BeckettAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Signet

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Ten years ago, Beau Dumont made the biggest mistake of his life by letting his high school sweetheart, Devyn Mauvais, slip through his fingers. Now the reformed bad boy will stop at nothing to get her back. Even if it means tricking her into taking a job on his family’s riverboat, The Belle of the Bayou.

When Devyn’s old flame offers her a stint at the boat’s day care center, she sees it as a chance to prove she isn’t just the descendant of Louisiana’s most infamous voodoo queen. Besides, it beats leading ghost tours around New Orleans. Yet when it comes to Beau, Devyn’s all business. She won’t give the sweet-talking playboy another chance to break her heart. But there’s no escaping temptation in such close quarters, and Beau won’t be satisfied with a few hot nights with the girl he’s always loved. As he strives to make Devyn remember the good times, will his passion and heart be enough to regain her trust?

This is the second in the Dumont series, I enjoyed the romance as well as the ongoing mystery of the curse that forever causes havoc with the love lives of the men in the Dumont family.

Devyn Mauvais is a direct descendent of the famous voodoo queen Juliette Mauvais, and as much as she feels it is bad juju to use the history of this notorious woman, she needs to make a living and so sells sacred oils and ritual kits out of her home, telling herself it is just until something else comes along.

Beau Dumont is back from his wandering ways and is ready to put his money and energy into the Belle, the riverboat he runs with his brother Marc. When Beau and Devyn bump into each other at their high school reunion, he helps her get out of an embarrassing situation, only to trick her into working for him during a two week trip on the river. The two have history and as much as she needs the money, she is not sure spending two weeks with Beau is the smart thing to do. And while the chemistry is still strong with these two high school sweethearts, Beau will need to convince Devyn he is ready to make a commitment and that the curse can be broken.

I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series which can easily be read as a standalone. Devyn’s sister Allie and Marc are featured in the first book and play pivotal roles in this story but the author does a great job of catching the reader up on all things that are important.

Devyn is a bit on the gruff side, she tries to hide behind a wall because of past hurts but you can see she is vulnerable on the inside. Beau sees though this right away and comes to her rescue on several occasions whether she wants him to or not, it actually gets him into trouble a time or two, but the groveling is good and he excels at making things up to her.

Speaking of Beau, he is a wonderful hero, yes he may have messed up ten years ago, but now he is older and knows what he wants, and Devyn is his future.

The two together are smoking hot, they can’t keep their hands off each other while on their two week trip and the chemistry is off the charts. Of course all is not always so wonderful and she gets scared because of her trust issues and starts to back off even before the trip ends, Beau has his work cut out for him to gain back her trust.

Beau’s family is front and center since most of them either own or work on the Belle so they are important to the story, which is a good thing as they are quirky and fun. There is also the 100 year old curse they must work through in order for the two to be successful with their happily ever after but the story is lighthearted and sweet and does not feature a lot of drama to distract from the romance. I am excited for more as I am intrigued by Beau’s sister Ella-Claire and her relationship with Alex, I see fireworks.

I give Make You Remember by Macy Beckett 4 stars!

Feature: First Debt by Pepper Winters (Indebted #2)

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Type: Dark Erotic Romance

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“You say I’ll never own you. If I win—you willingly give me that right. You sign not only the debt agreement, but another—one that makes me your master until your last breath is taken. You do that, and I’ll give you this.”

Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Stolen, taken, and bound not by monsters but by an agreement written over six hundred years ago, she has no way out.

She belongs to Jethro as much as she denies it.

Jethro Hawk’s patience is running out. His inheritance gift tests, challenges, and surprises him—and not in good ways. He hasn’t leashed her but he thinks he might’ve found a way to bind her forever.

Debts are mounting. Payment waiting.

 

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* Dark. Sexxxxxy. Incredibly hypnotic. Jethro is complex, dangerous and absolutely irresistible! –Book Bella

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* Pepper Winters has yet again excelled in her writing abilities and has quite literally delivered to her readers a literary masterpiece. –Hopeless Romantics Book Blog

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I Saw Her Standing There by Marie Force (Green Mountain #3)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

There’s a budding romance on Butler Mountain, but in the hornets’ nest known as the Abbott family, keeping a secret is no easy feat… Colton Abbott and Lucy Mulvaney have a secret. Colton’s nosy siblings have begun to put the pieces together, but it’s not like Lucy to keep things from those closest to her—especially her best friend, Cameron, who recently moved to Vermont to live with her true love, Will. But Lucy isn’t about to tell Cam she’s having a fling…with Will’s brother.

Flitting between New York and Vermont is exhausting, so Lucy is looking forward to a long weekend with Colton at the Abbott family lake house in Burlington. Too bad Will and Cameron have the same idea, and once Colton and Lucy are caught red-handed (and red-faced), will their clandestine romance lose its appeal or will their secret beginnings be the start of something lasting?

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, the setting is picturesque, the characters are engaging and the romances have been amazing. I am looking forward to more from this large entertaining family.

Colton Abbott has worked in the mountains at the family sugaring facility for the last nine years. He spends his time working with the thousands of trees producing some of the best maple syrup around and the cabin he lives in is a rustic place without the amenities of the modern day world. Since an Abbott wedding six weeks ago, Colton has been having a relationship with Lucy, Cameron’s best friend and former business partner. The family knows something has changed in Colton’s life and are curious to know who it is, but neither are revealing their secret.

This is a fun family, they always look out for one another but will also be the first to laugh if you make a mistake and their father and grandfather are the biggest meddlers of them all, they seem to know just who the perfect person is for a certain sibling. There are seven brothers and three sisters and I am sure each book will start with their father and grandfather scheming about who to help along next.

Colton is the perfect hero, a thoughtful and sexy man who wants his relationship with Lucy to grow into something more, the past six weeks have been about getting to know each other and the relationship has reached a pivotal stage with both ready to move forward. Lucy is harder to get to know, she wants to be around Colton but also knows her life is back in New York and does not see herself ever leaving the area because her father, sister and niece are there and she feels they need her. Colton and Lucy are very cute together, they truly enjoy each other’s company and are worried about how to continue with their geographic issues. The two will need to discover a way to compromise in order to find their happiness, he is even willing to get a phone and step into the modern world.

The Abbott family feels just like a large family should feel, the parent’s door is always open, there is a standing dinner invitation and they all are in each other’s business. There are several hilarious moments when they find out about Lucy and the six week romance they have been keeping a secret but once it is out in the open the siblings are encouraging about how it could work.

The pace of the story is done well, there is not a lot of drama to take away from what we see as a lust at first sight turning into a deep friendship that grows into love. I really enjoyed Colton’s sugaring journal entries at the beginning of each chapter, they are poignant and well timed as he goes through the process of gathering the maple from the trees. Will and Cameron are in many scenes and it is exciting to see how their relationship has progressed and I adore the Abbott parents, they are very down to earth and pragmatic in their wisdom for their kids, they always seem to know what is going on, did Colton and Lucy really think their relationship was a secret to them? Of course the father and grandfather are in the last scene talking about what they are going to do about Hunter and I can’t wait to read his story. This is the third in the series but can easily be read as a standalone, as the author does a great job of keeping us updated and in the know.

I give I Saw Her Standing There by Marie Force 4 stars!