Release Day Blitz : The Highland Duke (Lords of the Highlands #1) by Amy Jarecki

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: THE HIGHLAND DUKE

Author: Amy Jarecki

Series: Lords of the Highlands, #1

On Sale: March 28, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $7.99 USD

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Indie author Amy Jarecki makes her print debut with a brand-new series about rugged Highland lords.

She’ll put her life on the line for him . . .

When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she’s intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.

Yet she can never learn his true identity.

Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he’s the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she’s by his side day and night. But the longer he’s with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger-he will face death itself to make her his . . .

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MY REVIEW

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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This historical romance set in 18th century Scotland is fast paced, adventurous and action-packed. The story is well-constructed and filled with intrigue and memorable characters. The hero, The Duke of Gordon, aka Geordie, always stands for what he believes in. As a Highlander born and raised, he has challenged Queen Anne’s Government troops and ridden against the English crown. He is a fervent Jacobite, supporting the rightful king of Scotland, James Stuart, exiled in France.

Badly shot in the leg, he is saved by Akira, a street urchin with Gypsy ancestry and a skilled healer. She accepts to flee with him and gets into trouble for helping him. The sequences of their journey across the Highlands moved with rapidity and were exciting and full of drama. The Duke has powerful enemies, determined to ruin him, who will stop at nothing to catch him.

I loved the main characters in this story, they are well-portrayed and complex. They come from two totally different worlds, but they share a deep emotional connection. They just make sense together and I loved how their relationship progressed as the story unfolded. Akira has no notion of Geordie’s standing in society, he hides his identity to protect her. Akira is forthright, kind and competent, she is an endearing heroine. Her past is touching, she has grown up in poverty and she makes Geordie realize how privileged he has always been. His title comes with responsibilities, he can’t run from who he is, but he wants to become a better person for her. Akira doubts the depths of Geordie’s feelings, she isn’t sure she can trust him. He may have turned her world upside down, but she has values she can’t compromise on.

Amy Jarecki has delivered a cast of quirky, interesting characters and a suspense filled plot in a fast paced romance I didn’t want to end. The author’s love for Scotland, its rich history and tumultuous past is reflected in her imaginative, evocative and captivating storytelling. I’ll definitely follow this talented author in the future.

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Excerpt

Curled under Geordie’s arm, Akira finally stopped shivering. All around them rain splashed. Everything was soaked and their little alcove smelled of horse—not a horrid smell, but not one she’d choose for her boudoir, either. If she had a boudoir.

She chose to ignore the voice in the back of her head telling her it wasn’t proper to allow a strange man to put his arm around her shoulders and offer her warmth. But there was something in the way Geordie looked at her that made her feel all warm inside and, moreover, protected. Aye, he’d been in a great deal of pain—was still in great pain—but since he roused from his last bout of unconsciousness, he’d behaved admirably. He’d brought the horse under control, figured out where they were, and formed a plan to take them to someone he could trust to provide her with an escort home.

With darkness, the air grew colder. Clutching her fists under her chin, Akira curled into Geordie’s heat. He smoothed his palm along her outer arm, his touch soothing.

When he turned his lips toward her, his warm breath skimmed across her forehead. “Try to sleep.” The gentle burr of his voice imparted all the more comfort.

But she couldn’t get too comfortable; she must to do her duty. He was still her patient. “I’m the healer. I should be telling you to do the same.”

His hazel gaze drifted to her mouth, and he grinned.

“Very well.” He pulled his arm away, but not before running his fingers across her back. Blessed tingles spread over her skin as if she’d been caressed by feathers. Oh, heaven help her, his touch was unbelievably sublime. If only she could ask him to run his fingers back and forth again—just one more time.

She reached for the hem of his kilt, then quickly snapped her fingers away. What had she been thinking? True, she’d applied the salve before, but that was when he was mostly unconscious and definitely before he’d put his arm around her shoulder and smiled at her like a…like a…brawny Highlander.

“Have you gone shy, lass?” he asked with a hint of humor in his deep brogue.

 

THE LORDS OF THE HIGHLANDS SERIES

Lord of the Highlands

THE HIGHLAND DUKE, #1

THE HIGHLAND COMMANDER, #2

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Amy Jarecki is a descendant of an ancient Lowland clan and adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winning multiple writing awards, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance. Amy writes steamy edge-of-your-seat action adventures with rugged men and fascinating women who weave their paths through the brutal eras of centuries past.

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Launch Day Blitz : So Screwed (Bad Behavior #2) by Melissa Marino

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SO SCREWED by Melissa Marino (March 7, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99; Bad Behavior series; Book 2)

He’s charming, wicked, and handsome . . . and she needs to stay away

 For Evelyn Owen, work comes first. Being a wedding planner to the city’s elite fills her nights and weekends, and she doesn’t have time for distractions. Especially in the form of a sexy bartender with killer dimples . . .

Abel Matthews knows how to serve the ladies. But lately, the only woman he wants is just out of reach. That’s because Evelyn has already been warned about his playboy ways. Still, there’s something about her that makes Abel want more than a quick fling.

Evelyn knows that she shouldn’t trust Abel. Yet she’s seen a side of him no one else knows, and she can’t turn away. But Abel is hiding something from her . . . and if he doesn’t confess soon, it will tear them apart.

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars

marino_soscrewed_ebookA priori, Abel Matthews is the worst kind of womanizer, immature and irresponsible, but Melissa Marino managed to make me love this character from start to finish! His dream of becoming an English teacher and a writer has not yet come true, but he doesn’t give up and is biding his time. In the meantime, he is a bartender at one of his brother Aaron’s bars and a gambler in his spare time. Abel is totally flawed, perfectly playing his role of prodigal son, and yet he is so endearing!

Evelyn Owen is a wedding planner, catering to the rich and famous. She is a strong heroine, focused on her successful career. Despite their seemingly opposite personalities, their chemistry was palpable. Abel is bold, not afraid of ridicule and his brazen attitude slowly grows on Evelyne. He is a flirt, but she can’t resist his charm, generosity and well-hidden vulnerability.

There was a lot of push and pull between them, they are both insecure and are fully embracing their fear of commitment. Their emotional connection was undeniable, though, and I loved how their relationship progressed as the story unfolded, Abel and Evelyn are a match made in heaven! That is, until everything comes crashing down and Abel has to reinvent his way of life.

This tender and funny look at love, showing the importance of pursuing your dreams, was a delightful read. Melissa Marino’s characters give this book its irresistible emotional pull. Their story is sweet, fun and real. The pace was perfect and I read this book almost in one sitting. I loved the humorous ending and definitely plan to read Aaron’s book “So Screwed” very soon! If you enjoy a sweet romance filled with playful repartee, then this book is a great pick!

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Melissa Marino is a full-time writer and part-time Storm Trooper collector. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching Friends reruns, mastering her cupcake frosting swirl and hunting for the perfect red lipstick. Melissa lives in Chicago with her husband, son and very opinionated dachshund.

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Blog Tour : The Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Jessica Lemmon

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE

Author: Jessica Lemmon

Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3

On Sale: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Forever

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Beauty and the Beastly Billionaire . . .

Eli Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They’ve hired him ten personal assistants—and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay.

Isabella Sawyer’s employment agency can’t afford to lose Eli Crane’s business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won’t rest until she tames this wicked beast . . .

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Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

lemmon_thebillionairebastard_mmI loved this lively romantic comedy! Jessica Lemmon has a knack for creating vibrant characters and sucking the reader in her story, with her punchy dialogues and effortless storytelling. With this book, the third one in her Billionaire Bad Boys series, she has once again delivered a delightful story with a perfect balance between humor, emotions and chemistry. This romance between a grumpy billionaire and a sassy businesswoman, definitely hits all the right notes! And I can’t resist a book inspired by Beauty and the Beast!

Since retiring from the Marines, Eli Crane’s main occupation has become running off the personal assistants his older brother Reese sends to help him. His efforts have been crowned with success, since Eli makes a good show of being a total jerk. That is, until Isa Sawyer accepts to step in. Isa manages a concierge service company, and she can’t disappoint Reese Crane. She is tenacious and a perfect match for Eli’s bossiness and determination. I enjoyed Eli and Isa’s interactions, their witty banter, the dynamics between them was so much fun! She enjoys teasing him. He enjoys challenging her. Their battle of wits was laugh-out-loud funny!

A typical Jessica Lemmon’s heroine, Isa is confident, driven, sassy and not at all intimidated by Eli’s surly manners. He likes others to believe he is a grouchy jackass but she sees through his show. Eli’s life has been turned upside down since he lost his friends and his leg in Afghanistan and he needs time to deal with his feelings and emotions. Their relationship is complicated, but they have a natural connection that can’t be denied. I loved the realistic way their relationship progressed from cautious friendship to much deeper feelings.

I really enjoyed this story of homecoming and new beginnings. Jessica Lemmon’s characters are strong, with a hint of softness that I adore. I loved the great cast of supporting characters, Reese and Merina from “The Billionaire Bachelor” and Tag and Rachel from “The Billionaire Next Door”. I’m sad this series is finished but I can’t wait to see what Jessica Lemmon has in store for her readers. This book can be read as a standalone, but I definitely recommend reading the whole series, you won’t regret it!

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Standing, she smoothed her hands down her pants and flipped her hair. She had planned to quietly finish her work and leave without seeing him again. No such luck. And no hiding that she was heading his way when her heels clicked along the concrete floor.

Well.

The kiss had happened. The button incident had happened. There was no taking it back. Regardless of how either of them felt about it, she was going to continue working here. So. She would deal with the here and now.

Since the sun was shining, Eli’s lair was welcome instead of foreboding. No fire cracked in the hearth today. Also unlike his usual, he wasn’t at his desk. He was at the printer.

“This yours?” He offered a sheet of paper.

“Yes.” She couldn’t keep from explaining. “Pressed the Print button by accident.”

Mi printer es su printer.”

Isa accepted the document and Eli sank his hands into his jeans pockets, his forearms flexing with the movement.

“I wasn’t—”

“I shouldn’t—” they said at the same time.

He pursed his lips and she looked at her shoes. “Go ahead.” She was going to say, I wasn’t offended when you kissed me, but now that she’d had a millisecond to think it through, maybe she should pretend the kiss hadn’t happened. Which was . . . impossible. Standing this close to him, it’s all she could think about.

“I shouldn’t have ruined your shirt,” he said.

“I dared you to.”

“Why?” His eyebrows compressed along with his lips.

“Because you have accepted the role of beast, but I don’t believe that’s who you are.” She let her gaze linger on his face before tracking down his body. “And because I like a challenge.”

“Do you?” He took a wide step toward her.

She matched his move and took one step closer to him. “Yes. I don’t wilt easily.”

He threaded her hair between his fingers, a look of longing and hurt mingling in his eyes. “I was about to lie and say I shouldn’t have kissed you.”

Shivers climbed her spine as she remembered how firm his lips felt against hers. “Maybe . . . you shouldn’t have stopped.”

 

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The Billionaire Bachelor, #1

The Billionaire Next Door, #2

The Bastard Billionaire, #3

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jessicalemmon_headshot1-300x249A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

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Release Blitz : Don’t Speak by Katy Regnery

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RELEASE BLITZ

Title: Don’t Speak

Series: Modern Fairytale #5 (Standalone)

Author: Katy Regnery

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 27, 2017

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 From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.

In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party she helps to cater.

Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.

My Review 

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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Katy Regnery is a master of modern-day retellings of fairy tales. This modern twist on The Little Mermaid is a gorgeous story of true love triumphing over all obstacles. I was fully invested in this creative, deeply touching and superb tale of hope and second chance.

Laire Cornish and Erik Rexford are from totally different worlds and their paths could have never crossed. Laire is a fisherman’s daughter and Erik is North-Carolina royalty, the Governor’s son. But after a chance encounter and an enchanted summer spent together, their connection is undeniable and their feelings are all-consuming. Despite their family’s old-fashioned expectations, they want a chance at a common future.

Erik’s future has been decided and planned by his parents. He is not allowed to have dreams of his own, especially if they involve a fisherman’s daughter. Laire has big dreams for her future, far from her island, in the world of fashion. In reality, neither of them is free and their young love is doomed by their family’s judgment. The magical world they shared is tarnished by prejudice and misunderstanding.

I loved the way the author bridged the two parts of their story with Laire’s journal. Fast forward six years, Laire has moved on. She is on her way to make her dreams come true, but she still grieves the loss of Erik. After years of self-destruction, Erik’s love is still the same. Their second chance was simply perfect. I cried, I sighed and I swooned! I fell head over heels for these two characters whose love had stood the test of time.

I was so happy to read this gem of a story. This beautifully written and emotion filled read takes you on a journey to Laire and Erik’s happily ever after. If you enjoy gorgeously romantic stories, then this book is not to be missed. Highly recommended!

I received an advanced copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.

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 Don’t Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now (FREE!)
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now (99c!)
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 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

 

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Release Blitz : Lost In Between (Finding Me #1) by K.L. Kreig

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Title: Lost in Between

Series: Finding Me #1

Author: K.L. Kreig

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 20, 2017

 

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 We all have one.

 A price.

 That magic number that will get us to agree to do anything, be anything.

 Don’t sit on your gold-plated high horse and say you don’t because you do. Everyone does. Each of us has something we covet enough that we’d sell ourselves to have it.

 What’s my tipping point, you ask? Apparently a cool quarter mil will do the trick.

 What does one do for 250 large, you wonder? Anything the infamous, gorgeous playboy of Seattle wants. For the next four months I’ll be Shaw Mercer’s arm candy, his beck and call girl, his faux girlfriend. I’ll be his to command, mold, push and pull in any direction he sees fit.

I’ll fight falling into bed with him. I’ll fight falling in love with him even harder. I’ll fail at both. And when my past and present collide in the most unexpected of ways, I’ll learn that while one man’s love for me has never died, the only man’s love I really want will never be mine.

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 Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

lost-in-between-ebook-coverThis book was a wonderful read. Once again, I’m totally seduced by this author’s effortless storytelling, engaging characters and punchy dialogue. K.L. Kreig has a knack for making you feel, and that is exactly what I’m looking for when I pick a book. This story of fate and all-consuming attraction was beautiful and totally addictive.

Lost In Between is the story of a golden boy, Shaw Mercer, born into privilege and one of Seattle’s most eligible bachelors and his golden angel, Willow Blackwell, hardened by life and working as escort to make ends meet. Their first encounter is disastrous, Shaw’s car rear-ends Willow’s car at a stoplight. Suspicious and smug, Shaw is convinced Willow is trying to con him, after all he is a perfect target. With his best friend Noah, he owns a fast growing consultancy firm and he is the son of Seattle’s mayor.

Shaw is a family man, he intended to be part of his family legacy and has succeeded beyond all expectations. Loyal to his relatives and focused on his business, he isn’t ready for a relationship. He wants to help his father get reelected for a second term, though, and conformity is of the utmost importance to succeed. As an escort, Willow sells her time, and playing the part of his girlfriend for a few months is a lucrative business arrangement she can’t refuse. But what happens when the charade becomes real?

Shaw and Willow’s connection was undeniable from the start. Their battle of wills was delightful. I loved that she defied him, constantly keeping him on his toes. Willow is a great heroine, direct, sassy and yet broken by the harsh reality of her life. She fights her attraction to Shaw, but when the lines are blurred, she knows she will never be able to walk away unscathed. Shaw and his best friend and business partner, Noah, are picture perfect alpha heroes. I loved them both and I hope we’ll get Noah’s story too.

K.L. Kreig has delivered a sweet and sexy story, with a good level of intensity and some angst. The pace definitely picked up for a finale that left me with many questions. Although the book was long, I was totally invested in the story. I loved the characters, their smoldering romance, abundance of chemistry and antics. Lost in Between is the first installment in a new series and I definitely want to see Willow and Shaw walk into the sunset in the next installment!

I received an advanced copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.

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 As a USA Today Bestselling author, I write stories that are deeply emotional with flawed characters, because humans ARE flawed and if we read about perfect characters living in their perfect world, first of all, snoozer, but secondly, we never experience the gratification of redemption.

Outside of writing, I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing). 

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Review : The Duke (Victorian Rebels #4) by Kerrigan Byrne

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Published February 7th 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks, Victorian Rebels #4

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

The duke was a particularly lethal combination of paradoxes. Patient and volatile. Principled and vicious. A nobleman, but by no means a gentleman.

I was captivated by this story, its darkness and its beauty. The plot was intricately crafted, with deep layers of emotional complexity, palpable tension and angsty feels. The Duke is an epic romance, flawlessly written, from the amazing character development to the unique storyline. It is however a dark story, with a happy ending that felt like a relief! It’s definitely not a fluffy fairytale.

The story is set in London during the Victorian era. Imogen Pritchard has been forced to work two jobs to pay off her father’s gambling debts and keep her family fed. Her encounter with Cole Talmage, the Duke of Trenwyth will change her life. Cole is a complex, heartbroken and tortured character. He buys Imogen’s virginity, and yet she feels protected and desired. Neither one of them will forget the emotional intimacy they shared for a few hours.

Fast forward two years, Cole has been to hell and back, literally. Held hostage, tortured and abused by the Ottoman Turks, he is severely injured physically and mentally. During his captivity, Imogen has become his obsession and dreaming of her was his sanctuary. He intends to find her back, but doesn’t recognize her as his new neighbor. I must admit that I had to suspend disbelief, this non-recognition plays obviously a pivotal role in the story. Imogen’s status in society has drastically changed, she married one of her patients at the hospital and has become a dowager countess.

Cole’s captivity has altered him, he is bitter, cynical and tortured by fits of wrath and terror. In my mind, he is the definition of the tragic hero, betrayed, abandoned and broken. He is not a good man, he despises Imogen, threatens and humiliates her. She is tolerant and easygoing, but he pushes her past her limits. Obviously, they come from very different worlds and Imogen is convinced that, even if Cole did recognize her, they would never be able to overcome the divide between them.

“The man had been scoundrel and saint. Heathen and hero. A dangerous man and a deferential lover.”

Imogen is a strong woman who can do anything she sets her mind to, she is selfless, determined and is a free spirit. Despite his anger, Cole is attracted to Imogen like a moth to a flame, he craves her company, her sweetness and generosity. She is determined to save him from himself. I was happy to see that this character was redeemable, he was ashamed of his past actions. I definitely needed more groveling to make his path to redemption believable, though! Oh, and I would have enjoyed an epilogue, so much!

Cole and Imogen’s story was unforgettable and epic, with thrilling elements and stunning settings. This was my first read by Kerrigan Byrne, but I definitely want to catch up on her Victorian rebels series. This book is the fourth in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. If you enjoy historical romance, this author is not to be missed!

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

 

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“Positively sinful, and outrageously sexy! Emotions run high and readers will be left gasping.” – New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones

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The power of pleasure…

Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what’s mine.

He thinks he’s beaten me. He thinks he’s won. What he doesn’t realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.

And the game has only just begun.

THE KNIGHT is book two in the Endgame series from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Gritty, sizzling, powerful and sexy, The Knight, book 2 in the Endgame series, exceeded my expectations. This angsty ride of suspense and sexual tension kept me hooked until the very last page and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. This story picks up right where The Pawn left off.

The hot, mysterious hero, Gabriel Miller, remains an enigma. Avery still questions his actual intentions. Is he her enemy or her lover? Even if she has feelings for him, one thing is for sure: he took possession of her family’s house and set into motion her father’s downfall. He seems to be playing a twisted game, toying with her hopes and giving her a false sense of freedom, when she is anything but free. Gabriel is possessive and controlling, but also caring and protective of her. Avery is a pawn in his twisted mind game. She knows she is bound to lose against him, but she will never surrender. The memory of her mother is vivid, and the mystery surrounding her death seems more and more to be the foundation of the intrigue. We get to know more about Avery’s mother personality and the men in her life. She was loved, but was she happy? A diary could provide an answer to some of Avery’s questions, but it seems that everyone is trying to keep her in the dark.

Gabriel definitely grew on me in this installment. I found his dark, stern and yet tender personality very attaching. He wants to protect Avery from the truth, but try as he might, she wants to remain independent. Avery is young, but she is a fighter and wants to discover what really happened to her mother. Enemies are lurking in the shadows, though, and Avery and Gabriel get ever closer to danger.

This book was emotionally intense and addictive. We get some answers, but the mystery remains. The evolution of Gabriel and Avery’s relationship was satisfying. Skye Warren certainly delivers with this gripping story of love and intrigue. The Knight definitely left me anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, The Castle.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the author and L. Woods PR.

 

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“Sinfully sexy and darkly beautiful, The Pawn will play games with your heart and leave you craving more!” – Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction…

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

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THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love. It’s the first book in the brand new ENDGAME series.

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I’m safe in the ivory tower Gabriel Miller made for me. That’s what he says. Enemies lurk outside, waiting to strike. An army of enemies held back by these walls.

Except some animal instinct warns me the danger is much closer. It’s already here. Is Gabriel Miller my protector or my enemy? Is this house a castle or a cage?

There’s nowhere for me to go, no one left for me to trust.

No escape from a past determined to capture its prize.

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About the Author:

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.

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