Nov 132014
 

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Only A Duke Will Do by Sabrina Jeffries
Series:  School for Heiresses (# 2)
Release Date:  September 1, 2006
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 367
Source: book purchased by the reviewer

 

 

Louisa North likes her independence very much, despite her royal father’s protests. So when Simon Tremaine, the dashing Duke of Foxmoor, whom she once loved — and had exiled from England — returns bent on marrying her, she’s skeptical. The fire between them burns as hot as ever, but when Simon’s ulterior motive for marriage is exposed, along with the deeply buried secrets of his past, Louisa vows to make him pay… and the price will be his heart.

 

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Nov 122014
 

Jewel of Ramstone by J.M. Powers
Series: Ramstone (# 1)
Release Date: November 14, 2014
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 454
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

A maiden, unable to recall who she is, must battle evil to regain the memory of her past and the hope of a future.

Awaking in the forest, a young maiden recalls naught—including her name. Equally conflicting is her desire to both slap and kiss Sir Galeron, the knight who claims to have protected her while she was unconscious. Much to her chagrin, he dubs her “Ruby of the Forest” due to her red hair, and insists she find refuge at his home of Ramstone. Prickling at his demanding ways, but with no other option, she accepts his offer. And although his kiss flames her attraction even more, Galeron dashes it with a confession. The brute is trothed to another.

Ruby’s journey is filled with laughter and weeping, daydreams and discovered abilities. But never does she feel complete. Her heart longs for a future that her past may destroy. Evil lurks, treading on each tidbit of memory she recovers. Will Ruby ever recall her past? And after an attack in the village that sparks a horrific nightmare, does she even want to?

 

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Nov 062014
 

Seducing the Groom by Cheryl Holt
Release Date: October 30, 2014
Publisher: Book Baby
Pages: 39
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Cheryl Holt celebrates her years as “The Queen of Erotic Romance” with this sexy, yummy, and fun tale of a bride’s seductive antics on her wedding night…

Stephen St. John, Viscount Banbury, is in a bind. His father has cut off his allowance, so he’s had to rein in his decadent habits and split with his beautiful, spoiled mistress whom he can no longer afford. When an American heiress comes to London and dangles her fortune in Stephen’s direction, he sees it as the answer to his prayers. He’ll wed the pretty, delectable heiress, but he won’t let her interfere with his decadent lifestyle. He’s a confirmed bachelor and determined to have a marriage of convenience.

Ellen Foster has traveled to London for the express purpose of buying a titled husband. She’s been husband shopping for months and can’t make up her mind. All the available candidates seem tepid and boring. But when she lays eyes on handsome, dashing Stephen St. John, she knows he’s the one, and with her large fortune as bait, he’s easily snared in her web.

When he suggests a marriage of convenience, she pretends to agree. But she has no intention of living separate lives. She plans to enjoy every delightful, wicked minute that marriage to a rake can provide. With Stephen determined to avoid her, seduction seems the only choice.

Though Stephen doesn’t realize it, Ellen always gets her way, and as she turns their bedchamber into a den of erotic pleasure, poor Stephen doesn’t stand a chance…

 

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Oct 272014
 

What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes
Series: McGregor Series (# 4)
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 416
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
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To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping…

 

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Oct 272014
 

What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin (# 3)
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 400
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children — and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.

The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .

 

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Oct 242014
 

A Taste for Poison by Aleksandr Voinov
Series: Memory of Scorpions (# 3)
Release Date: October 13, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 224
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Even a king gets stung when he reaches for a scorpion.

After barely surviving an assassination attempt, King Adrastes is a changed man—one who mistrusts even his allies and friends. He readies his Empire for war against an enigmatic enemy, the Elder of Vededrin, but not everyone approves. While courtiers dare only to whisper dissent, an outrider called Death foments rebellion in the mountains, aided by a prophecy that promises he’ll stop the Black King.

Kendras—former lover to Adrastes and leader of the Scorpions—is sent with his elite mercenary force to bring Death to justice. But when Kendras learns who’s hiding behind the mask, he must choose between his lover Graukar, newly-appointed general to the king—and King Adrastes himself.

With no man to call master, the Scorpions could flee the danger and intrigue. But Kendras cannot abandon the man he once loved—or the man he’s growing to love—without first uncovering the real threat to the Empire.

 

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Oct 222014
 

Chieftain by Command by Frances Housden
Series: Chieftain Series (# 2)
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Pages: 260
Source: book was provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

From the bestselling, RITA-nominated author Frances Housden comes the gripping, sensual, suspenseful follow-up to The Chieftain’s Curse…

Gavyn Farquhar’s marriage is forged with a double-edged blade. Along with the Comlyn clan’s lands, a reward from the King, he is blessed with an unwilling bride, Kathryn Comlyn, and an ancient fort with few defences that desperately needs to be fortified before it can act as a sufficient buffer between Scotland and the Norsemen on its northern borders.

Gavyn needs wealth to meet his king’s demands, and he knows of only one way to get it — with his sword. Leaving his prickly bride behind in the hands of trusted advisors, he makes his way to the battlegrounds of France and the money that can be made there.

Two years married and Kathryn is still a virgin. A resentful virgin, certain that, like her father before her, she is perfectly capable of leading the Comlyn clan. In her usurper husband’s absence, she meets the clan’s needs, advising and ruling as well as any man.

But she is an intelligent woman, and she knows the only respect and power she will ever hold will be through her husband. And to wield it, she needs to make him love her. An easy task to set, but impossible to complete, when said husband has been gone for two years, and there is no word of his return. But Kathryn is undeterred. After all, a faint heart never won a Chieftain.

 

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Oct 202014
 

Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen
Series: Lord and Lady Spy (# 3)
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 352
Source: book was provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde . . .

A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love . . . until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife. . .

Tall, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.

 

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Oct 172014
 

New Frontier of Love by Dorothy Wiley
Series: American Wilderness (# 2)
Release Date:  September 3, 2014
Publisher:  self-published
Pages: 342
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

His only fear was love. Her only fear was living without it.

NEW FRONTIER OF LOVE is the second American Wilderness Series Romance. Set in 1797 on America’s romantic frontier, this historical romance is a pulse-pounding page turner and was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Romance Quarter Finalist.

The Revolutionary War left Captain Sam Wyllie battle-hardened. His courageous but cold heart defies danger—and love. He is determined to make a fresh start in the far west, the new state of Kentucky.

Newly widowed, Catherine Adams knows she should return to her wealthy father in Boston but fears he will once again force her to marry for prestige and wealth, not love. Drawn to Sam’s keen intelligence, harsh masculinity, and rugged warrior facade, she decides the west holds a chance for real love.

But dark forces—a ruthless enemy and a secret sorrow from Sam’s past—conspire against them. Harboring her own secrets, Catherine resolves to help this brave buckskin-clad warrior lay down his heart’s armor. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Sam refuses to risk his heart again. Catherine won’t give up, believing he could be as passionate about love as he is about his country and family.

This heart jolting romance novel blends high action, heroism, and humor with a love and passion as powerful and beautiful as the wilderness.

Dorothy Wiley’s American Wilderness Series Romances are captivating historical romance readers. Fresh and unblinkingly gritty, this deft new writer of intelligent heart-pounding romance novels, adeptly balances the hardships of the frontier with amusing, romantic, and vivid characters you will long remember.

 

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Oct 172014
 

Wilderness Trail of Love by Dorothy Wiley
Series: American Wilderness (# 1)
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Publisher:  self-published
Pages: 371
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Will his dream cost him what he values most–her love?

Award-winning historical romance author Dorothy Wiley’s WILDERNESS TRAIL OF LOVE is the first American Wilderness Series Romance. This memorable historical romance novel breaches the walls of time, bringing readers to a young America, where romance and danger are as powerful as the wilderness.

Set in 1797, on America’s romantic frontier, this gripping journey of danger, heartache, and passion is the story of Stephen Wyllie, and his heroic and breathtaking quest for land–across a thousand perilous miles to the Kentucky wilderness–a new world for the brave.

Stephen wants only one thing more than land–to keep his wife Jane and their young daughters safe. But he needs land to make a better future for his family, and the frontier lies open to settlement in the new state of Kentucky. He must make a difficult decision–choose between the comfort and safety of their New Hampshire home and his dream for their future. Can he risk exposing them to the dangers of the wilderness? Then an immediate threat makes the decision clear. A vicious half-Indian killer, Bomazeen, begins to haunt the area, stealing slaves for the Algonquians to replace those lost to smallpox. Having glimpsed her great beauty from afar, the cunning slave trader tantalizes the tribe’s virulent Chief, Wanalancet, describing his next target–Jane. Believing the merciless slave trader may soon succeed in kidnapping or murdering Jane, Stephen decides his family must leave for Kentucky with his four brothers.

When the harsh demands of the frontier nearly tear apart their great love, Stephen and Jane must find a path through more than the wilderness. His courage is undaunted, her passion is deep, but the wilderness is full of terror.Two lives. One great love. Torn apart by a frightening wilderness. Will Stephen’s dream cost him what he values most–Jane’s love?A fresh, unblinkingly gritty, and deft new writer of intelligent heart-pounding romance novels, Dorothy Wiley’s new American Wilderness Romance Series captivates readers by balancing the hardships of the frontier with amusing, romantic, and vivid characters. Join her as she robustly blends adventure and action, heartache and humor, with romance and passion.

 

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