Work in Progress by Staci Hart #review

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Her fake husband is a Work In Progress…

Work in Progress, an all-new romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is available now!

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I never thought my first kiss would be on my wedding day.

But here I stand, clutching a bouquet of pale pink roses behind the doors of a Las Vegas chapel, and at the end of the aisle is the absolute last man I imagined would be waiting for me.

Thomas Bane.

Bestselling author. Notorious bad boy. Savagely handsome, dark as sin, chiseled as stone. And somehow, my soon-to-be husband.

Marry him, and I’ll land my dream job. Save him, and I’ll walk away with everything I’ve ever wanted. All I have to do is remember it’s all for show. None of it is real, no matter how real it feels.

But first, I have to survive the kiss.

And with lips like his, my heart doesn’t stand a chance.

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My Review

Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

This was a funny, romantic and engaging read, a gorgeous story of love finding itself in the strangest of places. Sometimes the most unexpected things turn out to be exactly what we need.

The characterization is just brilliant. Thomas Bane is a famous author, and a devil-may-care, charming womanizer. Words can’t describe how perfect, kind, sexy and sweet Thomas turned out to be. Amelia Hall is a sassy blogger who speaks her mind. She has reviewed every book Thomas has written and expressed her candid opinion on his prose. And yet her bad reviews sell his books.

Thomas needs to fix his public image, hurt by scandal. Empty, fake relationships are a part of his public life. He has fabricated lies about himself and his façade is his protection. Reporters have done their best to worm their way into his life and Amelia seems to be the only one who could save his reputation. They agree to enter into a marriage of convenience, a business arrangement.

Amelia and Thomas had instant chemistry that came across in spades. They are the best partners and complement each other perfectly. Their relationship is full of holes but they fit together.

They get to know each other better and Amelia is surprised to discover there is more to Thomas than what meets the eye. He is genuine, tender and considerate. He owes his literary success to his talent and dedication, not to his infamous reputation. I just loved how they both seemed to slowly open up to each other. Their defenses drop and they find themselves wanting something more than a fake relationship.

The way everything tied together at the end was the most satisfying of all. The characters give this feel-good story its irresistible emotional pull. Their story is told in dual POV.

Many thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for my copy of this book!

Excerpt:

The hall bathroom door opened, consequently stopping the earth’s orbit and flinging me into space for lack of gravity.

Thomas Bane stepped out of the doorway in slow motion, propelled by a cloud of steam that licked at his glistening body like it wanted to taste him. His hair was black, wet, curling and dripping in rivulets down the planes and valleys of his expansive chest and abs and narrow hips. He had that thing, the trough of muscle bracketing his hips that caught sluicing water and carried it in an angle that would eventually reach that unknown terrain beneath his towel. I saw the ghost of that terrain, the long, cylindrical bulge that was substantial enough to clearly state its presence, even through the thick towel.

He smirked, dragging his hand through his wet hair. I salivated, watching droplets of water roll down his forearm and collect on the tip of his erotic elbow.

“You’re up,” he said.

I blinked, not knowing when I’d set my coffee down or how many minutes—hours? years?—had passed in the time I spent ogling his body.

He sauntered into the room like he wasn’t basically naked. I tried unsuccessfully not to stare at his knees, the place where his ropy thigh connected, the angular muscles of his calves, the curve of his ankle, the broad pad of his foot.

He was perfectly proportioned. Michelangelo would have carved him twenty feet tall, and women would have worshipped at his perfect feet.

Gus bounced when he saw Tommy, his toys forgotten. And when Gus took off running, Tommy stopped, eyes widening and hands splayed in front of him.

“Gus, no,” he commanded.

To no one’s surprise, Gus did not listen. He barked once, snagged the hem of Tommy’s towel, and whipped it off him in a single tug that exposed every inch of skin on Thomas Bane’s ridiculous body.

Thank God my coffee was already on the counter. I’d have gotten third-degree burns.

For a split second, Tommy was frozen there in all his natural glory, poised to run after his dog, his face drawn and eyes locked on the sweet, disobedient dog. He wasn’t paying any attention to me.

I, however, gave him my full and undivided consideration.

His thighs were a mass of muscle so hard and defined, the tops were planes that came to a notch at his knee and a point where it met his hip. My eyes caught that trough that had before disappeared and followed it where it pointed—straight to the thatch of dark hair and the member nestled there.

The very thick, very long, mostly limp member.

If I stared at it a second longer, I was going to faint—my vision was already dim, my pulse pumping so hard, I could feel it in my neck, at the back of which a cold sweat had broken.

But he shifted to run after Gus, who was galloping away, trailing the towel behind him.

“Dammit, Gus! Gimme that!”

Then it was the back of him I saw, his hair, the streaming water rolling down all the curves of his shoulders, his back, the valley of his spine, and down to the most perfect ass I’d ever seen in real life.

Well, the only ass I’d ever seen in real life that wasn’t my own, and even that I couldn’t get a good look at without a mirror.

Seriously, that ass. That perfectly sculpted ass, round and tight and curved in the sides, shifting from one side to the other as he ran after the damn dog. My gaze caught a tattoo on one ass cheek, and I squinted at it, trying to make it out.

Tommy bent to snag the end of the towel—I caught sight of his sack and almost dissolved through the floor in an acidic puddle of embarrassment—but when he pulled, Gus spun around, ass in the air and tail wagging as he growled, pulling back.

A string of obscenities left Tommy’s mouth, but I was still gaping and staring at his ass. I realized that I was laughing. It sounded like someone else in a different room.

I wondered absently if this was how it felt to have a stroke.

About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Deal with the Devil (Forge trilogy #1) by Meghan March #newrelease #review

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From New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller

Meghan March comes the first book in a new riveting romance trilogy

filled with international high-stakes, dangerous hidden agendas,

and—in true March fashion—plenty of twists and turns.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

DEAL WITH THE DEVIL

Forge Trilogy, Book #1

Red Dress Press | On Sale: January 15, 2019

From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes the story of the ruthless, calculating billionaire Jericho Forge. India Baptiste, his latest prey, is now caught in the high stakes game that has become her life since colliding with Forge, and she’ll need the luck of the devil to survive. India Forge’s life is now part of Jericho Forge’s calculated game.

BLURB:

“You can put that man in a suit, but he’ll never be tame.”

One look at Jericho Forge and I knew the rumors were true. He was a predator, and he had set his sights on me.

I knew better than to bet more than I could afford to lose that night. I knew better than to bet myself. But desperation leads to bad decisions, and I thought there was no way I could lose.

I was wrong.

Now I have no choice but to make a deal with the devil.

My Review

Rating :  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

What a tangled web Meghan March weaves! She has a way of writing an intriguing story that instantly pulls you in. I always take my time when reading her books, and this book was no exception. I didn’t want to miss one word of this mysterious and captivating story.

India Baptiste is desperate enough to gamble herself to save her sister. She is riveting as a strong, bold, loyal, self-assured heroine.

Jericho Forge is enigmatic, elusive and charismatic, a sexy as sin poker player. I loved that we got more than a brief glimpse into his mind, and I can’t wait to get more of his backstory. He is out for revenge and has a plan involving India.  He is the perfect bad boy hero who takes what he wants and doesn’t take no for an answer. Although he was all bossy in a hot way, he was also considerate with India.

I enjoyed the intensity of the relationship between these two. They have the most unconventional romance and as crazy as their transactional relationship is, it’s one that I will love to read more about. Jericho admires India’s loyalty to her sister, her determination and grit. Her boldness piques his interest. The connection between them was combustible, I totally loved the vibe these two had.

The dark and mysterious atmosphere of this first book in a promising series and the twisted intrigue totally enthralled me!

Happy reading and thank you for stopping by!

My honest review is based on an advanced reader copy kindly provided by the author.

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unnamed (29)Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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Damien (Stark #6) by J. Kenner #newrelease #review

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I am Damien Stark. Do you want to see inside my head?

Careful what you wish for.

Damien, an all-new full-length novel in the wildly popular Stark Saga, from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner is available now!

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I am Damien Stark. From the outside, I have a perfect life. A billionaire with a beautiful family. But if you could see inside my head, you’d know I’m as f-ed up as a person can be. Now more than ever.

I’m driven, relentless, and successful, but all of that means nothing without my wife and daughters. They’re my entire world, and I failed them. Now I can barely look at them without drowning in an abyss of self-recrimination.

Only one thing keeps me sane—losing myself in my wife’s silken caresses where I can pour all my pain into the one thing I know I can give her. Pleasure.

But the threats against my family are real, and I won’t let anything happen to them ever again. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep them safe—pay any price, embrace any darkness. They are mine.

I am Damien Stark. Do you want to see inside my head? Careful what you wish for.

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My Review

Rating : 4.5 Stars

Another fabulous story from Julie Kenner! Intriguing and addictive to read, really a compelling story told in Damien Stark’s point of view. It was refreshing to see his perspective, learning more about him was an emotional roller-coaster. The casts of characters in this series are very real to me and I love how Julie Kenner continues to develop them in each book. Damien and Nikki Stark are kindred spirits, and their relationship continues to grow with each passing book.

But evil lurks in the shadows. With a kidnapper out there determined to get to Damien, this story was a race against a master manipulator with a heart filled with a want for revenge. Damien feels out of control after his daughter’s kidnapping. He feels he has failed his family and he wants retribution.

This was another stellar entry in this series. The plot was interesting, the action kept things moving and had me on the edge of my seat. Books that have you guessing until the end are so much fun to read.

Many thanks to the author for my copy of this book!

 

About J. Kenner

Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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Finding Juniper by Sadia Ash #newrelease #review

IT’S TIME TO FIND JUNIPER!
Finding Juniper by Sadia Ash is LIVE!!!


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SYNOPSIS:

From London with love… or indifference?

I have loved Kyle Paxton since I met him a year ago. We’ve gone through a lifetime of love and breakups. I can’t be with him. But I can’t keep away. I need to try to love him the way he is. Imperfect. Broken.

Unconditional love.

In an age of casual hookups, can our love survive?

Finding Juniper picks up where Juniper Smoke left off. Faster paced, with more sparks, more plot, more drama, more intensity: get ready for another fun ride as Juniper and Kyle fall in love over time and place. From Ann Arbor Michigan to San Francisco in the first book, to London and Ireland in Finding Juniper… catch up with Juniper and Kyle on this breathless journey of what unconditional love means.

My Review

Rating : 4.5 Stars

This story picks up where the first book in the series, Juniper Smoke, left off. Kyle is desperate, Juniper walked out on him and he wants her back. He is the only man Juniper ever wanted but his ruthless behavior hurt her deeply, he betrayed her confidence. Their reunion is bittersweet and painful. Juniper is determined to make him fall in love again, but his apparent indifference breaks her heart. Kyle is back to his robotic ways and systems.

This book really creates a roller coaster of emotions for the reader. The characters became completely realistic to me. Their chemistry really made the story. It got me totally invested in their relationship and totally addicted to the story. Their mood swings and mixed signals were confusing at times. I’ll be honest, I was still a little unsure of Kyle, he is a jerk, but an irresistible one. Sadia Ash did such a great job of softening my heart towards him. The story features some very satisfying emotional growth from both Kyle and Juniper. They are as different as night and day, and yet when they come together they are the absolute best versions of each other.

The romance, the plot, the characters, all of it combines to make an absolutely unforgettable story. It’s heartbreaking, heart stopping, exciting, romantic, passionate and totally satisfying! Highly recommended!

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About Sadia

Sadia Ash has held jobs in different fields that involved writing (and never math) in some way. She has worked for film and TV publicity with the Prenner Group, did news and TV placement for Aeros (a NASA project), edited scripts for indie films, and fundraised. A lot. A serial volunteer, she has raised funds for many charities that educate and help girls in disenfranchised regions.

Currently working on two novels, a TV show, and a film script, Ash is addicted to British shows, lattes, and sushi, though her fictional characters, thankfully, don’t have such banal tastes and uneventful lives. She holds an MA English degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Screenwriting Certificate from UCLA and Masters in English Literature from NUML. Hailing from Chicago, she now lives in California with her husband, two teens, and Misha Collins, their cat.

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A Duke Changes Everything (The Duke’s Den #1) by Christy Carlyle #review #excerpt

In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities . . .

Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.

When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind—as long as she doesn’t get too close to him.

With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?

About the Book

A Duke Changes Everything
by Christy Carlyle

Series
The Duke’s Den (Each story is a standalone.)

Genre
Adult
Historical Romance

Publisher
Avon Books

Publication Date
November 27, 2018

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My Review

Rating : 4.5 Stars

I loved, loved this one! I was hooked from the beginning, this was a book I read quite easily and enjoyed a lot. This book oozed with sweet unbridled romance that made me frantically flip through the pages! I was blown away by the intensity of the romance. The characterization is excellent, I liked both the hero and the heroine, they are a perfect match and they share a deep emotional connection.

Nicholas Lyon, Duke of Tremayne, is a survivor. Everything he has, he has worked for. A victim of his father’s cruelty, he has survived on the streets and is now the feared and respected owner of a gambling empire. He is a shrewd and ruthless man of business and he wants nothing to do with the ancestral Tremayne estate, Enderley Castle, a place he hates for good reason. He never wanted the title and the duties of the dukedom.

Mina Thorne is Enderley Castle’s steward. She hasn’t chosen her job, but she can’t give it up. She is dutiful, loyal and has no other prospects. Mina is an endearing heroine, witty, kindhearted, stubborn and brave.

What follows is a delicious slow-burn of a story in which Mina makes Nick believe in a happy future. She stands up to him, contradicts him and, most importantly, tells him the truth. She brings him around to seeing value in the estate and its people. The slow and beautiful transformation of Nick was truly breathtaking. Nick has a really good heart, but he doesn’t flaunt his goodness. Their romance leaves you with no doubt that these two were meant for each other. You’re bound to fall for them, to root for them. The ending was perfect and left me with a smile on my face and in a happy place.

Christy Carlyle is a superb writer, blending humor, sensitivity and depth of emotion in a way that pulled me in completely. Her writing is crisp, clever and witty. If you are looking for a historical romance that will have you smiling, sighing and blushing throughout, then this book is a good choice! It is the first in a new series and I can’t wait for Nick’s friends’ story.

Many thanks to the publisher and Pure Textuality PR for my copy of this book!

Excerpt

Nick looked at the dark drop of honey on her skin and his mouth watered. He licked his lips and looked into her eyes. The heat there made him want more. More moments like this with her. When there was no Enderley boxing them in, no duties that needed their attention. Just Mina and the odd, undeniable spark he’d felt between them from the day he arrived.

“I’d like a taste,” he told her quietly.

Mina bit her lip, and her brows dipped in concentration. She locked her gaze on his mouth and seemed to hold her breath as she slid a honeyed finger across his lower lip.

Nick swept his tongue out to taste and reached for her hand. Flavor burst inside his mouth in a shock of floral sweetness.

“Delicious,” he whispered before leaning closer, flicking his tongue out, and tasting the tip of her finger once more. “But I honestly can’t tell whether it’s you or the honey.”

About Christy Carlyle

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author CHRISTY CARLYLE writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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All of Me (Confessions of the Heart #2) by A.L. Jackson #newrelease #review

A forbidden stand-alone romance in A.L. Jackson’s Confessions of the Heart Series.

“This is without a doubt my top read for 2018.”

~A Book Lover’s Emporium Book Blog

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⋆Forbidden Romance

⋆The one woman who will make him question everything

TITLE: ALL OF ME

SERIES: A Confessions of the Heart Stand-Alone Novel
RELEASE DATE: December 3rd, 2018

 

People call me callous. Arrogant. Ruthless.

I call myself tenacious.

One of the most powerful attorneys in Charleston, I don’t let anyone or anything stand in my way.

Until a chance encounter changes everything.

One glance.

One touch.

One night.

It only leaves me wanting more.

But Grace is off limits. Most people would even say forbidden.

Everyone knows an attorney can’t sleep with his client.

Too bad I already did.

And even with the threat of losing everything, I don’t know if I can stop myself from having her again…

All of Me – a Confessions of the Heart forbidden, stand-alone romance

My Review

Rating : 4.5 Stars

A.L. Jackson is a wonderful, masterful storyteller. She never fails to write a beautiful story with meaning, depth and feeling. After reading and loving the first book in the Confessions of the Heart series, I was anxious to discover what tale she would weave for Ian, Jace Jacobs’s enigmatic brother.

I loved Ian, his entire journey was fascinating. A broken, damaged boy, an arrogant, ruthless hot shot lawyer and finally a family man. Because, ultimately, this is a story of redemption.

Ian is on top of the world when he meets Grace and we’re taken on a whirlwind romantic journey. It was so beautiful to watch Grace and Ian dance around each other and ultimately fall in love. They have this epic attraction they can’t control from the beginning. Grace knows that Ian is wrong for her. He is such a riddle, dangerous, cruel and kind at the same time, attracting and repelling her.

But she desperately needs his help with her custody battle, she is terrified of her manipulative and powerful ex-husband. She is willing to do whatever it takes for her three children’s safety, to make up for the bad choices she made in her life.

For the first time in his successful career, Ian is willing to do something that doesn’t benefit him. Unfortunately, Ian’s world is much darker and more dangerous than Grace ever imagined. It’s a very emotional journey for the reader as Ian fights for Grace and her children. He is willing to give up anything if it means he can set them free. And somehow, Grace and her children become his lifeline.

This story is romantic, sexy and intriguing, the writing is beautifully descriptive with lots of emotion. I loved this book and did not expect to be so caught up in the story, but I was.  The characters of Ian and Grace really drew me in. And the supporting characters were awesome!

Beautiful story, beautiful characters, and beautiful ending!

My honest review is based on an advanced reader copy of this book, that can be read as a standalone.

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I can’t wait for you to fall in love with Ian and Grace’s story the way I did! Enjoy!

xoxo ~

Amy

 

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, and FIGHT FOR ME novels. Grab A.L. Jackson’s latest novel, ALL OF ME, the second stand-alone novel in her brand-new CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART series.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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The Good, the Bad and the Duke (The Cavensham Heiresses #5) by Janna MacGregor #SMPRomance #review

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A lady with a noble mission. A duke looking for redemption. A forbidden love that cannot be denied, in The Good, The Bad, and The Duke by Janna MacGregor.

Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: she’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And that’s not all: someone has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?

Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him. But before he can win her family’s affection, he has to win hers first. Maybe love was the answer to their family feud all along?

My Review

Rating : 4.5 Stars

This book is yet another engrossing installment in the Cavensham Heiresses, Janna MacGregor’s debut series. This story has just about everything I could ask for. It has a thoroughly likeable heroine, a flawed yet endearing hero that you wish wasn’t fictional, a Home Alone-like plot and, of course, a romance to die for.

Lady Daphne Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke’s sister, is a breath of fresh air. She is a woman of substance, a complex and genuine heroine. She has strived to be the ideal daughter and sister, subduing her own wants and desires, hiding her emotions. She is surrounded by family and friends, and yet she feels invisible.

Lord Paul Barstowe was the very picture of the tortured hero and I so wanted him to find happiness and peace. He has lived a life full of mistakes and regrets, destroying every friendly relationship he ever had and living up to his reputation of libertine to be noticed by his father.

Daphne and Paul’s relationship is transactional at first. He helps her recover her stolen journal in return for her assistance in repairing his broken relationship with her brother. Paul is protective, tender and concerned for Daphne’s welfare. He gives her comfort when she needs it the most and helps her no matter the personal cost.

This book was a sensual and emotional read as we watch these two lonely people find each other, care about each other and eventually love one another. Their story was beautiful and heartbreaking at times, but their love for each other jumped off the pages. I especially liked that the heroine was able to stand her ground. She didn’t allow the hero, or anyone, to control her.

This story was beautifully written and despite the mistakes they both made, I found myself rooting for Daphne and Paul.  Janna McGregor has such an exquisite style, a fresh narrative voice, evoking so many emotions in me and making me care for her characters.

This was a great story from start to finish. I loved catching up with the family, enjoyed the touch of intrigue and was satisfied that Paul earned back his place as friend of Pembrooke. Highly recommended!

Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book!