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A secretive Earl has plans for the Wicked Earls.

The Wicked Earls Club: Regency Romance (The Wicked Earls' Club) - Tammy Andresen, Maggie Dallen, Wicked Earls' Club

This is a prequel to the Wicked Earls' Club series. It gives a little insight into the series and introduces some of the characters. I enjoyed the glimpse as to the Earl of Coventry's plans. It is not necessary to read this before reading the Wicked Earls' stories, but it does show some of why they happen. I read one of the books before this one and this did explain where these Earls began.

This is my unsolicited review.

A rake finds a woman to reveal his softer side.

Earl of Wainthorpe - Collette Cameron

Part of the Wicked Earl's Club series. I enjoyed this story. I fell in love with Pierce along with Bianca. Despite his public personna, Pierce was a man after my own heart. The romance between them was as sweet as could be, and he truly cared about her future. I like Bianca's fortitude and acceptance of her circumstances. I loved this book, highly recommend it, and look forward to more of the Wicked Earls.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Quick read with a touching love

Bride of the Beast - Adrienne Basso

This was a quick interesting read. Bethan and Haydn meet under difficult circumstances, but Bethan's bravery and Haydn's trust left an impression on the other. Bethan's continued strength and willingness to overlook Haydn's secret made her enjoyable to read. Haydn was full of anger and only had revenge on his mind, but he still had me rooting for him when his secret came out. I recommend this story, and I look to read more by this author.

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A second chance with a little help.

A Texas Christmas Past (Whiskey River Christmas Book 1) - Julia Justiss

This story is about second chances at love with a little help from the spirit world. My heart hurt for both Audra and Drew as they dealt with their PTSD in their own ways, in a time when the idea of PTSD was unheard of. Audra had the strength to recognize her weakness and worked toward a future of healing herself and others. Drew felt a need to keep it to himself, and I felt sorry for him as he struggled with loneliness, anger, and shame. When they decide that the other is more important, I had tears in my eyes. The story moved me and entertained me. I look forward to reading the other Whiskey River Christmas stories.

This is my unsolicited review.

Love crosses divisions.

To Bewitch a Highlander - Lily Baldwin

I enjoyed listening to Paul Woodson as he told the story. His changes in voice were wide ranged and helped me keep the characters separate. The story itself was good, and I loved both Shoney and Ronan. They are so different in most aspects but also complement each other. With visions, deaths, illnesses, and biases, there are some darker moments. Love helps conquer these and bring light to a couple, clan, and family. I recommend this story and will be looking to read the rest of the series.

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Enjoyed this continuation of the loves of the Barinov boys.

Mikhail: A Royal Dragon Romance (Brothers of Ash and Fire Book 2) - Lauren Smith

Second in the series, and I am loving it. What Mikhail had gone through had me rooting for him to succeed at love and life. Piper was the kick he needed. Their trials and tribulations had me smiling, crying, and crossing my fingers. I enjoyed the ending and look forward to Rurik's story, hoping to glimpse everyone we have met so far.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Grigori by Lauren Smith, first in the series


Grigori by Lauren Smith


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Cover Design: Anna Crosswell
Photo Credit: Darren Birks Photography
Release Date: January 10, 2018


A dragon never leaves his hoard unguarded. His heart is another matter.
The second eldest in an ancient line of Russian dragon shifters, Mikhail Barinov had one job: protect one of the family hoard of jewels. Distracted by the English virgin queen Elizabeth, who was as dazzling as she was devious; he lost everything.
Five centuries of exile later, news that a construction crew has unearthed a massive trove of gold and jewels sends him racing to London, determined to steal back his family’s treasure…and his honor.

Professional gemologist Piper Linwood can’t wait to bury herself in her newest project, evaluating a hoard of Elizabethan-era treasure. But both her life and career are threatened when a mysterious, brooding man with a dangerous smile—and an even more dangerous kiss—snatches the lot.

Unwillingly swept along for the ride, Piper discovers Mikhail is no mere thief. And the dragon on his back is more than a tattoo. It’s a living, breathing extension of a bad boy she’s finding harder and harder to resist. But his heart is a treasure she can never own…because to save her career, she’ll have to betray his trust.





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USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.


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Sweet read, love conquers the past

First Street Church Romances: Love's Cure (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Sweet Grove Beginnings Book 4) - Emily Murdoch

A quick sweet story that brings two wounded souls together. Mariana's blindness has made her angry for most of her life. Gerald's one mistake follows him to Sweet Grove. Her need for independence from her family is encouraged by Gerald. Feelings grow fast with the help of a little faith. I enjoyed the characters and this small town as it grows.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Kept me reading and wanting more of this family

Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance (Brothers of Ash and Fire) - Monique Patterson, Lauren Smith

This story kept me turning pages. Madelyn was a sweet, determined woman with a sketchy past. She has her fears but kept going anyway. I loved that, despite her misconceptions, she was willing to believe the unbelievable. Grigori was the protector of the family secrets as well as the eldest of the Barinov brothers. His soft heart as well as his fierce protectiveness for family and Madelyn, made him a hero for me to adore. There is plenty of action to keep the story moving, and I look forward to the rest of the brothers. I highly recommend this story.

I received this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Intrigue leads to love.

Bound to a Spy: An All the Queen's Spies Novel - Sharon Cullen

There is plenty of intrigue, danger, and royalty in these pages. I liked Rose's love for the outdoors and her acceptance of who she and her family are. The honesty was refreshing. It took me a bit to warm up to Will because of his secrets and ability to close himself off. It was fun watching him thaw by being around Rose. I enjoyed this story and recommend it.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

Great continuation of a series, a second chance at love

Tempted By Darkness (Eternally Mated Book 6) - Valerie Twombly

I have enjoyed this series a lot. This story had some surprises that I did not see coming. Tegan has been an interesting character, and I enjoyed this chance to give him a happier story. Rhea complemented him so well that I did not want to stop reading. With all the danger, plots, and secrets, it is great to see such friendships and love. I look forward to the continuation of this world.

I received a copy of this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

Her independence teaches her about love

River Queen Rose (In Old California) - Shirley Kennedy

This is an interesting read. Rose is a woman who finds out how strong she really is, and she is such an innocent that she is endearing. Deke is a man with secrets but very much a gentleman. I loved their interactions, and I loved the setting. The story includes some dark moments but I feel that it had to their journey.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

Surprises around every corner, as well as the end

Temptation Island - Rachel Woods

This was an interesting read. Keeping up with the twists was not the problem, interpreting them was for me. I did not see the end coming. Quinn is confused by strong enough to carry on no matter what, and I loved that. Icarus was an enigma as to who he really was. Together, they made a good team with lots of sparks despite the danger. This kept me entertained, and I enjoyed every minute.

I received a copy of this story from Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

Quick listen, love over duty

A June Wedding - Emily Murdoch

The love between Victoria and Isaac never went away even though his duty led him down a different path. This is a quick story bringing them back together despite the odds. The narrator did a good job on keeping the characters separate though a little monotone. I have been enjoying this Regency series.

I received this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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