Monday, June 8, 2015

Harlequin & Carina Press

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Gina Henning
Home for the Holidays Series
How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie
This story is told from Lauren Hauser’s point of view. I found it humorous and a quick read.

Lauren comes home for Thanksgiving to find that her grandmother has chosen her to make the pecan pie. The most important part of their Thanksgiving. And it’s already Thanksgiving Eve. And...well, her sister Megan would have been the better choice.

Between a pecan hoarder, her brother-in-law who “fixes” everything in her parents home, a sister-in-law...well you’ll have to read the book to find the best words to describe her. She loves her crazy family...and it may be easier to do since she lives plenty far away from them. It ends not quite at a cliffhanger, but your toes aren’t far from the edge. Looking forward to more.
**Received through NetGalley for honest review
Book 2: How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake
Lauren Hausen is back in Maryland after her exciting Thanksgiving visit to her family in Texas. She had thought she found a stand up guy when she found Jack-The-Pecan-Hoarder-Walker...until he stood her up. Now she is refusing to go home for Christmas.

When the situation changes, she does go home to her wonderful, but somewhat wacky family. Add an aunt and a stray cat to the mix and things even get more...interesting. Lauren's life is about to change in big ways, but the reader needs to wait for the next book in the series for the rest of that story. The first book in this series is called How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie.
**Received from NetGalley for honest review
Book 3: How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie
Laura Hauser is still trying to get on with her life and figure out her love life, too. Her fiance lives in Texas and she's in Maryland. Jack Walker has a nursing home to get back on track and she has just been promoted at her job.

On top of it all, Grandma is up to who-knows-what again. Her whole family knows that Laura is not the one who enjoys the kitchen but Grandma insists on sending her prize winning recipes to Laura. Now the older woman expects Laura not only to make her own version of an apple pie, but to enter a contest on the Fourth of July with said pie!

This is the third book of Laura's ongoing story. They are all told from Laura's point of view.
**Sensual content

**Received through NetGalley for honest review
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She's Got Mail
She’s Got Mail! by Colleen Collins
Rosie Myers moved to Chicago from her home in Kansas seven months ago. Working at Real Men Magazine. When the chance comes up to be Mr. Real temporarily she jumps at it, she has to find some way to climb the ladder out of the bottom. First she needs to find that no good lawyer who stole her parking space.

Lawyer Ben Taylor has problems. An ex-wife who starts redecorating his office after every ended affair and an ex-fiance who is his receptionist. Sadly the two get along. If that isn’t bad enough, he has some imp accusing him of stealing her parking space when he has the receipt to prove he paid for it. Women!

This poor man is too caring to set these women in their place. The humor continues as Rosie’s brothers misinterpret one of her phone calls and assume they need to travel to Chicago to show the jerk not to mess with their little sister. Not to mention the lecherous Jerome. Great story.
**Sensual content

Forget Me? Not by Darlene Gardner
Zach Castelli was unpredictable, uncommitted and just enjoyed life. When he heard the guy in the restaurant break his engagement and then leave, what could he do but comfort the sniffling ex-fiance? The beautiful ex-fiance.

Amanda Baldwin had given ten years of her life to a guy just to have him dump her. And some happy-go-lucky eavesdropper just joins her in her booth during her humiliating after break-up time. A really hunky eavesdropper. One who believes in having a good time and no commitments. They were complete opposites and she needed to keep her distance. But she just couldn't seem to stop falling for his charms.

Zach is a man who just won’t give up when he wants something, even if for a short time. If only Amanda could fight that but the guy also has a charming family and has pulled her mother into their fray. What chance does she have?
**Sexual content 
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Multi-Author Series...
The Spirits are Willing Series
The Legend of Maiden Falls...
There are lots of rumors, but no one is exactly sure why even the crankiest twosomes get so very coosome when they spend time at the historic Inn at Maiden Falls, nestled in the Colorado Rockies. Maybe it's the beautiful vista of all that rushing water (the falls) outside the windows. Maybe it's the clean, invigorating mountain air stirring up their blood. Or maybe (as the whispers say) there really are lusty ghosts of shady ladies past floating around the rafters. Old-timers say the inn was a famous brothel more than a hundred years ago; all the "soiled doves" may have mysteriously passed away, but their spirits remain to help young lovers discover the joy of sensual pleasure.
Or so the story goes...
Book 1: Sweet Talkin' Guy
Daphne “Renegade” Remington has been tamed. Or has she? She is trying to be the person her family wants her to be...boring. But wild can’t be tamed that easy and Daphne decides to let loose on her wild side once more before she gets married. What better place to go then Maiden Falls and to the place her ancestor was happiest before hitting it rich at his mine, the Last Chance.

Reporter Andy Branigan is stuck doing a piece on honeymoon hotels in Colorado. It seemed to be a boring piece of fluff until the rich princess shows up and he decides to offer to share his room with her.

What Daphne and Andy didn’t know was that there is more to this hotel than anyone really knows. That the rumors of it being haunted may not be so far-fetched. Could love be in the air for this sweet talkin’ man and renegade rich girl?

The next two books in this series are Can’t Buy Me Love by Heather MacAllister and It’s In His Kiss by Julie Kistler.
**Sexual Content
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Book 2: Can't Buy Me Love by Heather MacAllister
Alexis O’Hara is a lawyer on the fast track and she doesn’t want to get off and fall onto the mommy track...having a family and losing her work position. Yet, she would like a family and her mentor Vincent Cathardy has given her the perfect opportunity to do both. Marry, become a mother and return to her same position when she returns. Sounds to good to be true...so maybe it is.

Enter Dylan Greene into the scenario. Vincent’s pre-nup lawyer. And the bride-to-be’s ex-boyfriend from seven years ago. Who knew the sparks were still there? Dylan is finding he doesn’t want Alexis to marry Vincent, and yet, what is he willing to offer her?

All is not lost or to be left up to the long lost lovers. No siree Bob. Enter Sunshine into this situation. One of the ghosts from the old brothel that was here over a hundred years ago. And Sunshine is only one gold star away from the Picnic in the Sky. Maiden Falls Inn is not just your run-of-the-mill inn. Nope. It has lovely lady ghosts who must now create happy marriages instead of tearing them apart...as happened when they were alive.
**Sexual content
Book 3: It's In His Kiss by Julie Kistler
Rose Elizabeth Tate “Rosebud” had become a fallen woman in 1895 after trusting the wrong man. What else could she do then to make her way to Miss Alotta’s bordello and become a harlot? Sadly her first night there, before starting work even, a gas leak took all of their lives. And left them as ghosts.

Ned Mulgrew was getting married. He was getting older and all his friends had settled down and he hadn’t found anyone that excited him. Vanessa didn’t exactly excite him but she’d do. And then his first night at the Maiden Falls Inn, he met her. The mysterious chambermaid who seemed to pop in and out at random. Rose.

The third and final story in this series has the bookworm Rosebud getting into mischief. She’d been fairly quiet and managed to stay away from helping couples until now. The moment she sees Ned, something in her wants him. Instead of helping him fall into love with his future bride, the little ghost does all she can to tear them apart. 

Book one is Sweet Talkin’ Guy by Colleen Collins and book two is Can’t Buy Me Love by Heather MacAllister. Definitely a series worth reading. Romance and plenty of humor.
**Sexual content
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Temporary Nanny by Carrie Weaver
Royce McIntyre had truly failed as a father. He made the excitement of being an expat and his next adventure more important than his family. While he was in Russia an explosion changed everything. He realized what he lost by not being there for his son Michael, who is making a name for himself in NASCAR and is now the one who don’t have time for him. Help from his loneliness came in a surprising package. A ten year old boy and his beautiful mother.

Katy Garner is doing her best for her son. His father wants nothing to do with him and her usual babysitter isn’t working out. Surprisingly the handsome downstairs neighbor has offered to be Jake’s nanny for her. Too bad she swore off relationships because Royce is really handsome and has become a great friend. Can she trust him to be there for Jake even when things get tough?

Royce was introduced in the Harlequin NASCAR series book, A Chance Worth Taking. It’s the story of his ex-wife Tess and his son Michael. Royce sees himself in Jake’s father and has to face the hard reality of how badly he messed up, but he’s willing to go the extra mile to win his son back. The next connected book is Baby, I’m Yours and is about Royce’s sister Becca.
**Sexual content and mild language
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Countdown to First Night - Harlequin Anthology
This Harlequin Anthology takes place in Snow Falls, Colorado. As the town prepares for First Night, the countdown to New Years, we find our characters in and about town for different reasons. The three authors have done a fantastic job with each story as they take the reader through the snow filled beauty of the mountains during this celebration. You may even catch glimpses of the characters before meeting them in their own stories.

Winter’s Heart By Jillian Hart
Shelby Craig’s life couldn’t get much worse, she hoped. A widow, a mother, no home, no job and her old car was definitely on it’s last days….maybe minutes. At least they made it to Snow Falls where they’d be staying with her granny until she could find a new job. And at least through the First Night Celebration. When she sees her childhood friend, Ronan Winters, it’s like all the years between have vanished. Can these two bruised hearts beat again and find love?

Snowbound At New Year By Margaret Daley
Ellie Summers writes a children’s series. She has come to Snow Falls during the First Night celebrations to meet with her new illustrator and as guest celebrity for the First Night countdown. She ends up gaining much more than she ever expected from her time in the snowy town.

Brody Kincaid is content living on top of the mountain, away from people, and raising his twin girls. He had his one true love and lost her and closed her heart and mind to ever finding love again. He didn’t expect Ellie. Her beautiful attitude and kind heart along with the way she immediately took to the girls. Maybe a second chance is possible after all.

A Kiss At Midnight by Brenda Minton
Jolie Godwin has never felt like she fit in with the other towns people. She always felt that they viewed her as the daughter of Mac Godwin….the man who stole from his wealthy employer and was fired for it. She just couldn’t let the past go and accept that she was making her own way as an artist. If only she could fight her attraction to Jake, the same man her father had stolen from.

Jake Wild was more than just the wealthy owner of the Wildwood Lodge and one of the most sought after bachelor’s. Most women only cared about those things though. Not Jolie. She seemed to do her best not to get close to him. Can these two put their rocky pasts behind them and make a new start on this First Night celebration?
**Received through NetGalley for review
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Mira Lyn Kelly
Waking Up Married

Megan Scott is a woman with a plan. No more relationships. No more hurt. She was taking her life and moving forward. She wanted a child and would raise it on her own, once she decided on how to get said child. Who knew that going to Vegas for her cousins wedding and having a few too many drinks would end up with her plans all askew?

Connor Reed was a man who also had his plans. Find a woman who didn’t want a fairytale life or a love relationship but just happy being a family that liked each other. He didn’t plan for it to come to be while in Vegas but he wasn’t a man to turn his back on opportunity either.

Plans don’t always turn out like you want though. This partnership could only work if they could keep emotions out of the way. And I know there were plenty of emotions because they jumped right out of the book. This was definitely a book that the Kleenex needed to be close at hand, at least for this reader. I really enjoyed this story.
**Sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review
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Caridad Pineiro
Kissed by a Vampire
The Calling/The Reborn Vampire Novel Series
Alex Garcia is a DEA undercover agent. After a job in New York gone wrong, he almost died there and it left him with odd nightmares of a beautiful woman who also had the face of a demon. Just as he gets the okay to go back to work in Miami, Dan McAnn, a former agent, calls to ask Alex to find his missing daughter, Andrea. What he didn’t expect was to see the woman from his dreams a while he searched for the missing woman.

Stacia is a two thousand year old vampire elder, very powerful and very lonely. So many of her fellow vampires in New York were finding love that she decided to escape to Miami. Stacia didn’t believe herself capable of loving someone let alone of having any humanity left in her. All that changes when she meets the man who’s life she saved a year ago. A man who puts duty above all compared to herself who lives only for her own needs.

There are quite a few books within this series and this book hints to things that happened in a previous book, Darkness Calls, but it is still stand alone. If you enjoy series than you may want to read the previous books in order to know the whole story. A unique vampire tale on how love can revive a dead heart and change can come no matter how old you are….even if you are two thousand years old.
**Sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review

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Michele Hauf
Forever Werewolf & Moon Kissed - 2 in 1
Forever Werewolf
Trystan Hawkes wasn’t raised within a pack and yet they always intrigued him. Having a father who was half wolf/half vampire and a mother who was vampiress….he wasn’t always welcomed by other wolves, a vampire vs wolf thing. After arriving at the Alpine Pack to make a delivery for his father he becomes fascinated by the old castle and all the glorious snow around, Tryst was hoping to stay around awhile. Thanks to an avalanche his wish came true. Loving outdoor sports he could maybe get some snow time in but more than that was the beautiful princess who caught his attention.

Alexis “Lexi” Connor had plenty of responsibility with her pack. And everyone kept a wide birth around her. Her thick walls helped with that. How was it that this Hawkes wolf could so easily get through those walls? His red hair, freckles and smile were one thing and his love of life made him seem carefree. Whereas Lexi just knew how to be busy. Her secrets had to be kept and because of those secrets….forever wasn’t in her future, especially with another wolf.

From the get go of Trystan’s arrival everything starts happening, the leader of the pack has an odd illness that they can’t figure out, the avalanche causes him to jump in feet first to help rescue, he makes a quick enemy of one of the wolves (and Sven doesn’t even know about the half vampire yet!) And of course there is Lexi….the ice princess that warms his heart. You may want to read the previous books in the Vampire Series to have the whole background story; Seducing the Vampire & Forever Vampire contain the stories of Trystan’s parents and his twin step-brother and yes I wrote that correctly.

Moon Kissed
Belladonna “Bella” Reynolds enjoys running and keeping her body in shape, her dancer’s body. One night she runs down the wrong street, runs past the wrong type of men and runs into the arms of a man who don’t want to let go. But can she accept that he is more than a man and give him all he wants?

Severo is a ninety something year old werewolf who feels those years when he’s lonely and tired. He has a deep hatred for the longtooth and is able to rescue a human beauty from them one night. He wants to let her go and be done with it but her scent won’t leave his head….or heart….alone. Could she be a mate for this lonely wolf after all this time?

Michele does a great job of bringing her characters to life. You feel the loneliness of Severo and his hope that he can find love and have it returned. You feel the struggles Bella goes through as she has made it to this point in her life of never knowing about the paranormal world and suddenly has vampires out to hurt her and a werewolf out to make her his mate. This story is packed full of adventure and many twists and turns. It also may have you wanting to read the rest of the stories in the Wicked Games Series. Book 1-The Highwayman and Book 3-Her Vampire Husband.
**Received through NetGalley for review
**Sexual situations

Vacation With a Vampire Anthology
Stay by Michele Hauf
Lucian Bellisario lives in Paris and owns an antique shop. Most of the antiques are things that he knows of personally because he happens to be a vampire. When in deep need of some blood after “donating” some of his for a friend, he is glad to see a customer waiting at his shop. Meal time.
Magen Sloan is visiting Paris for two weeks. She left Minnesota with the goal to enjoy herself and have an affair with a Frenchman….who would whisper sweet French nothings in her ear. Her adventure turns into a bit more than she planned on. She just didn’t expect vampires, ghosts and witches.
Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle
Justin is a king, at least in the paranormal world. He is over 2,000 years old and is usually buried in work behind his huge desk. Until his sister, Dru, pushes him to take a nice relaxing vacation in Florida. Reluctantly he goes and duty calls immediately as he has to pull a vampire off a Hunter. And then his vacation really gets interesting.
Vivi is going to take a nice non-vampire vacation. Yeah right! No sooner is she enjoying a walk on the beach when two vamps start arguing which one is going to bite her. And then she is rescued by the most handsome vampire she has ever laid her eyes on. The two of them call a truce for their vacation but the Hunter’s who hate all vampires….whether good or bad….have other plans.
This was a really good story. The unique romance between the hunter and the hunted. They should have been natural enemies but the heart didn’t see it that way. The author has written Justin’s character in such a clear way that you fall in love with the quiet, lonely and handsome vampire from the get go.
Island Vacation by Lisa Childs
Piper Reynolds won a vacation. At work they held a yearly lottery and this year was for a vacation and she won. She never had been on a vacation. She worked since fourteen and had been hiding out for the past four years. Trying to escape her nightmares. When she lands on a private Island it looks like her vacation may be another real life nightmare.
Roarke Monterusso has wait four long years for revenge. When the person claiming to be Patricia Reynolds came to his Island...she denied being Piper Reynolds. The person his long awaited vengeance was going to be taken out on.
Another enjoyable story where nothing is what it seems to be and Piper has secrets about herself that even she don’t know about.
*Language and sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review
A Vampire for Christmas Anthology
 Enchanted by the Blood by Laurie London  Sweetblood Series 2.5
Charlene Grant went out with her friend but was leaving alone. Kari took off with some guy she thought could help her climb the work ladder. On the way to her car two guys start coming after Charlene. She runs into a hard chest and a deep voice tells her to go to her car and wait. For some reason she feels safe with the stranger and does as he says.
Trace Westfalen felt an urgency to go to a part of town he usually did not frequent. Sure enough he found Charlene in trouble. A couple of Dark bloods were after her. He had her wait and she did. Bad mistake. A year ago Charlene had been hired to decorate the mansion for Christmas. During that time Trace spent a lot of time with her. Being a vampire it was never wise to get too close to a human but he did. Until the fateful night she walked into a room where Sebastian was feeding. The horror on her face left Trace with no choice but to wipe her memories. A year later and he stills feels for her what he never felt before.
Charlene could not believe she let Trace drive her home and then invited him in. She was not that kind of person and yet something about him was so familiar and safe. He left her the next morning and she did not hear from him for a week. He had hired her to decorate for their Christmas Party.
Trace could not stay away and he finally decided that being elected to Council or anything else in his life would not be worthwhile without Char. And once he told her the truth of who he was and that they knew each other, she still looked at him the same.
Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf
Daniel is a vampire, not by birth and not by choice. He was a hot shot on wall street until the night of his attack. Now he just considers himself a monster and just exists. Although he does see where his life slowed down and he can look back and see he was not all he thought he was.
Olivia considers herself a type of monster when she's all dressed up and made up to sing on stage. When she comes home to the quiet place she stays a few weeks out of the year she breaks up a fight and invites the man who was being beat up by two others into her home. So what that he ends up being a vampire. It ends up being more than a one night stand for Daniel and Olivia. Even though she is in the spotlight and he has to stay away from it. Can two such opposites actually fall in love and make a relationship work?
**Sexual situations and some language
When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro
A century ago Damien was a different man. He did not realize Angelina's worth to him until she died to save him from Remirez, who then turned Damien into a vampire anyways. When Angelina returned a century later Damien could not believe it. She was light in his dark world. And both times he met her it was right before Christmas Eve. Once again Remirez the evil vampire he is, comes to tear them apart once again. And once again Angelina gets in the way and dies. It is now a year later and Damien is outside of his lighthouse watching, waiting and hoping for one more chance with her.
He does not know that she is really is guardian angel and that she is there to guide him to the right path.
She does come back again. She will need his help and he will have to face Remirez one more time and try to keep the demon that lives within him silent if he has any chance of saving Angelina and his own soul, which he had thought was lost long ago. Either way, it looks like their last Christmas Eve together.
**Sexual situations
All I Want For Christmas by Alexis Morgan
This was a great story. Eagan is an undercover cop and a vampire. He is searching for some young vampires who have been luring teens to drink from and they had found a few dead. His search had him near a diner and had him watching the beautiful owner of the diner, Della. He decided that hanging out at the diner may help him watch the area better. A friend of Della's gave him evil looks, he didn’t know what had that she-wolf hating him but there had always been bad blood between the species.
Della was so drawn to Eagan, even though Lupe kept warning her to stay away from him. He had a sadness and loneliness about him. When she ends up cutting herself in the middle of the night, Eagan is there to help her and heal her. Della finds out quickly that the world around her was not what she had always thought it to be.
*Sexual situations.
**Received Through NetGalley for Review
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Laurie London
Seduced by Blood - Sweetblood Series Book 4
Tristan Santiago is the region commander of the Guardians in the Pacific Northwest. He is the tough guy that expects to be obeyed the minute he speaks, or maybe even sooner. When things are going wrong in his area it looks like they may have a traitor in the midst. On top of that Roxanne Reynolds just arrived from Florida and something about her has disrupted his line of thought. His guys think he needs to use this Tracker to go undercover with him….as lovers….to find the culprit.

Roxy is helping her friend Lily out by filling in for her. Her ulterior motive is to search for the person who killed Ian O’Grady. She don’t like Santiago and isn’t going to put up with him telling her what to do. When he tells her about the undercover operation she sees it as a door to help with her search for the killer. What neither of them expected was that the act could become reality.

This is the fourth book in the Sweetbloods series and they are written as stand alone. Being the characters from the previous books are in this one as well it seems it would be best to read them all for the whole picture. There are three books and also Enchanted by the Blood which is book 2.5 and in Vampire for Christmas Anthology. The book is full of action and adventure and it includes glimpses of the other characters along with the main ones. Sweetbloods are humans with a blood so sweet it becomes addictive and the Darkbloods are the vampires who live on human blood alone.
*Sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review
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Multi-Author Series...
The Spirits are Willing Series
Book 1: Sweet Talkin' Guy
Daphne “Renegade” Remington has been tamed. Or has she? She is trying to be the person her family wants her to be...boring. But wild can’t be tamed that easy and Daphne decides to let loose on her wild side once more before she gets married. What better place to go then Maiden Falls and to the place her ancestor was happiest before hitting it rich at his mine, the Last Chance.

Reporter Andy Branigan is stuck doing a piece on honeymoon hotels in Colorado. It seemed to be a boring piece of fluff until the rich princess shows up and he decides to offer to share his room with her.

What Daphne and Andy didn’t know was that there is more to this hotel than anyone really knows. That the rumors of it being haunted may not be so far-fetched. Could love be in the air for this sweet talkin’ man and renegade rich girl?

The next two books in this series are Can’t Buy Me Love by Heather MacAllister and It’s In His Kiss by Julie Kistler.
**Sexual Content 
Book 2: Can't Buy Me Love by Heather MacAllister
Alexis O’Hara is a lawyer on the fast track and she doesn’t want to get off and fall onto the mommy track...having a family and losing her work position. Yet, she would like a family and her mentor Vincent Cathardy has given her the perfect opportunity to do both. Marry, become a mother and return to her same position when she returns. Sounds to good to be true...so maybe it is.

Enter Dylan Greene into the scenario. Vincent’s pre-nup lawyer. And the bride-to-be’s ex-boyfriend from seven years ago. Who knew the sparks were still there? Dylan is finding he doesn’t want Alexis to marry Vincent, and yet, what is he willing to offer her?

All is not lost or to be left up to the long lost lovers. No siree Bob. Enter Sunshine into this situation. One of the ghosts from the old brothel that was here over a hundred years ago. And Sunshine is only one gold star away from the Picnic in the Sky. Maiden Falls Inn is not just your run-of-the-mill inn. Nope. It has lovely lady ghosts who must now create happy marriages instead of tearing them apart...as happened when they were alive.
**Sexual content
Book 3: It's In His Kiss by Julie Kistler
Rose Elizabeth Tate “Rosebud” had become a fallen woman in 1895 after trusting the wrong man. What else could she do then to make her way to Miss Alotta’s bordello and become a harlot? Sadly her first night there, before starting work even, a gas leak took all of their lives. And left them as ghosts.

Ned Mulgrew was getting married. He was getting older and all his friends had settled down and he hadn’t found anyone that excited him. Vanessa didn’t exactly excite him but she’d do. And then his first night at the Maiden Falls Inn, he met her. The mysterious chambermaid who seemed to pop in and out at random. Rose.

The third and final story in this series has the bookworm Rosebud getting into mischief. She’d been fairly quiet and managed to stay away from helping couples until now. The moment she sees Ned, something in her wants him. Instead of helping him fall into love with his future bride, the little ghost does all she can to tear them apart. 

Book one is Sweet Talkin’ Guy by Colleen Collins and book two is Can’t Buy Me Love by Heather MacAllister. Definitely a series worth reading. Romance and plenty of humor.
**Sexual content
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The Siren's Song by Jennifer Bray-Weber
Romancing the Pirate Book 3
Amazon
Welcome to adventure and romance on the high seas. Captain Thayer Drake “helps” those who have become stranded as their ships run a muck or whatever bad luck befalls them. He is kind enough to not only take them aboard but their cargo as well...after he gives them the choice of giving up the cargo or returning to the sea of course. On one such adventure they rescue all the men just to find a lone woman left out on the ship in the middle of quite a squall. After Drake rescues her. Twice! Seems the fool woman thought her purse important enough to jump back into the sea for, he figures she was cargo and now belongs to him as well. For a man fighting demons of his own he has no plans of keeping her but somehow she keeps ending up in his care.

Gillian McCoy, a young woman with the voice of an angel, is running for her life by stowing away. When the ship is caught on a reef and a fierce storm rises up, she must escape her hiding place alone and get to the deck. Once she is rescued her life will never be the same. Has she run away from one dangerous situation just to find herself even deeper, or is the dangerous looking Captain Drake a man she can sing her way into his heart?

The rest of the books in this series are: Book 1: Blood And Treasure, Book 2: A Kiss in the Wind, the 3rd book is a Novella called Beneath the Water's Edge. The Siren's Song was well written and keeps a steady pace with all the adventure. Never a dull moment. There is some language and sensual situations.
**Received through NetGalley for review.
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Ruined by Rumor by Alyssa Everett
Amazon
Alex Winslow, Earl of Ayersley, had a secret love. He was never able to ask her to dance or have much conversation as he was shy and stumbled over his words. Due to what seemed to be his lack of interest, Roxana Langley thought he disliked her. When she became engaged to George Wyatt, Alex chose to stay in London and rarely came to his country estates that were a mere two miles from Roxana's home. After his mother hurt herself he had no choice. And the events that happened after that...well you'll have to read the book to find out.

Roxana waited five long years for George to come home from the war. They had their engagement ball and after accidentally hearing about his life in from a few comrades she almost second thought their marriage...but George sweet talked her into forgiving him. And a few weeks later he jilted her without excuse. From there an innocent incident falls into the rumor mill, the same rumor mill Roxana use to enjoy hearing tidbits from but not so much when she's the tidbit. She soon finds herself engaged and than married. Not the wedding day or marriage she dreamed of with George either. Instead she finds herself in a lonely loveless marriage.

Alyssa does a great job of misunderstandings between Alex and Roxana. And right near the end she creates an extremely emotional climax that leads into a fabulous ending to this story. This is only the author's second book. A Tryst With Trouble being her first.
**Received through NetGalley for review.
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Harlequin's Regency Series
Silk & Scandal
I read and enjoyed this series and wanted to share it. 
At the time I was not writing reviews so they only have the book blurbs.
 Book 1:The Lord and the Wayward Lady by Louise Allen
Amazon
From Impoverished Miss to respectalbe wife...

The closest milliner Nell Lathan has come to high society is making fashionable bonnets for ladies. But when she's asked to deliver a message to the Earl of Narborough, she's soon swept up in a web of intrigue and scandal!

Marcus, the Earl's sinfully sexy son and heir, tracks down the messenger, little expecting to find her so attractive. Nell is a mystery—her manners and demeanor are not those of a working girl. And as secrets are revealed and danger draws closer, Marcus has to choose between family honor and naked desire.
  Book 2:Paying the Virgin's Price by Christine Merrill
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I pledge in payment the maidenhead of my daughter...”

Chaperon Diana Price knew she was teetering on the edge of ruin. Her father had staked his fortune, and her virginity, at the card table—and lost! To the most notorious gamester in town...

Nathan Wardale had money, plenty of it, but it was a long time since he'd been considered a gentleman. Still, he never intended to pursue this debt. Until he met Diana Price in the flesh—and began to wonder just how long his honor would hold out...
 Book 3: The Smuggler and the Society Bride by Julia Justiss
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Earl's daughter Lady Honoria Carlow flees London after a scandalous disgrace to take refuge with her aunt in Cornwall and try to figure out who engineered her ruin and why.

There she encounters handsome Irishman Gabe Hawksworth, known locally as “the Hawk,” who is temporarily captaining a smuggling vessel as a favor for the army friend who saved his life.

Though her family would be appalled at her attraction to a “low-born free trader,” there's something about the well-spoken Gabe that calls out to the free-spirited Honoria, even as Gabe wonders about the unexpected appearance of this mysterious beauty.

Until an attra that should never have been becomes a compulsion too strong for either of them to resist.
  Book 4: Claiming the Forbidden Bride by Gayle Wilson
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Romany mistress...or society bride?

Battle scarred and jaded from the Peninsular War, soldier Rhys Morgan is in the market for a bride. But the simpering debutantes on the Marriage Mart don't rouse his interest—let alone fire his blood...

Whereas dark-haired, dark-eyed Romany beauty Nadya Argentari has a strength and passion to match his own. If he took her as his mistress, no one would blink an eye. But if Major the Honorable Rhys Morgan were to marry her...it would be the scandal of the year. 

  Book 5:The Viscount and the Virgin by Annie Burrows
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I am not at all the kind of girl a future Earl ought to marry.”

Imogen Hebden knew she was no diamond of the ton. A clumsy, gangling spinster more like! This last-chance Season was sure to be a disaster. What sort of suitor could she hope to catch?

Viscount Mildenhall, son of the Earl of Corfe, the most eligible, most arrogant rake in London, claimed to find her guiless ways irresistible. But even as inexperienced as she was, Imogen could tell he was in an indecent hurry—particularly when it came to producing an heir.
 Book 6: Unlacing the Innocent Miss by Margaret McPhee
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Hardened thief-taker “Wolf” Wolversley has clawed his way out of the gutter to get where he is. No stranger to society's underbelly, he's met Rosalind Meadowfield's seemingly sweet type before.

Accused of a crime she didn't commit, fearful Rosalind begs Wolf not to turn her in. But Rosalind's fear soon turns to desire as the bitterness n Wolf's eyes turns to passion...His touch is gentle for so fierce a man. Rosalind should be mortified by her wantonness. Instead, it's as if something else has taken over her body...
 Book 7: The Officer and the Proper Lady by Louise Allen
Major Hal Carlow was a fine soldier, but he was also a flirt, a rake and a scoundrel. In general, he tried to steer clear of proper young ladies—no fun at all—and spend time with the sort of women who appreciated his finer qualities...

Miss Julia Tresilian's duty was to find a husband, but her prospective suitors bored her to tears. Yet even “talking” to the incorrigible Hal Carlow was dangerous to her marriage prospects, let alone anything more...
 Book 8: Taken by the Wicked Rake by Christine Merrill
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At the mercy of a very wicked rake!

Lady Verity Carlow is poised, charming, virginal. Her families precious jewel. She will marry whatever titled bore is chosen for her. Yet sometimes, in the dark of night, she wishes she weren't always so well behaved...

Then she is kidnapped by her family's enemy, Gypsy lord Stephano Beshaley. In this dangerously unsuitable man's arms, Verity is tempted to do wicked, wicked things. And, shockingly, she does not want to be rescued—not one little bit!

As the secrets of the past are dramatically revealed, join in the final breathtaking installment of Silk & Scandal.
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Marguerite Kaye
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Rake With a Frozen Heart
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Rafe St Alban, Earl of Pentland had been married once and he would never marry again. He no longer cared about an heir to carry on his many titles, he didn't seem to care about much at all. His life took a sudden turn one morning when he found a woman in his ditch, on the edge of death. And later the same day he found her stowing away in the back of carriage. What could he do but help her prove she was innocent of a crime she was being accused of. He found she added a bit of liveliness to his life that had been missing a long time.

Henrietta Markham woke up in a strange room, strange bed and with an extremely handsome half dressed man looking at her. This was a first of everything for her. Good thing she was not so beautiful as her mother because she found out this half dressed man was the earl who was known as a rake. Not that she understood exactly what a rake was other than he would be rather immoral. When she remembered she was hit on the head by a housebreaker while looking for her employers dog...Rafe didn't seem to believe her. When she returned to her governess job a bit later not only was she not believed but she was also accused of theft. She leaves the house in fear of ending of in gael with no one to help her get out...she heard the stories of how awful gael was. After hiding into a carriage that looked bound to London, so she could capture the thief and clear her name, she ends up once again with Rafe St Alban.

This was one of those books that I couldn't put down. The adventure kept moving forward and there just was not a good place to stop. The heroine is quite talkative and blurts out whatever is on her mind. The hero carries a burden of guilt and chooses to punish himself for mistakes of the past. Marguerite adds the thoughts of other characters in the book as well. I enjoyed the story and characters.

**Book received through NetGalley for review.
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The Half-Breed Vampire
Book 3 of The Sons of Midnight Series
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Slade Donovan is a vampire, by choice. At eight years old he woke up on the streets and didn't remember his past. Later the vampires had found him and took him in under their care. When given the choice to become a vampire he accepted. Now he is called upon to help a woman with wolf problems. Nature girl, Raina Ravenwing, is not his type of woman and yet as he works along side of her attractions blooms.

Raina needs to find where this new wolf pack has come from and why they are bothering her people. She is known as the tribes Wolf Whisperer but until now she never believed there was anything to the title. And than Slade tells her werewolves exist and she can hear them. The vampires and wolves are sworn enemies but can they come together to fight a deceitful goddess who is trying to destroy them all? And what happens when Slade finds out his true roots and his childhood memories return?

I have not read the previous two books in this series: Book 1 is The Truth About Vampires and book 2 is The Vampire Who Loved me. If you like series though I think reading them first would add to this story as well, although it was very good as a stand alone book as well.
**Sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review
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Holiday Kisses Anthology
Alison Kent, Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon & Shannon Stacey
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This Time Next Year by Alison Kent
Dillon Craig lives with the memories of war. As a doctor, he did his best but he remembers the men he failed. Now he lives on the mountain and helps the people there. Brenna Keaton is heading to her Gran's on the mountain to spend Christmas like every year. When she ends up in a snow bank, Dillon comes by on his horse, Ranger, and rescues her. Only they end up snowed in at his cabin. Can love grow between them? Brenna is heading to Africa for a year and Dillon has his ghosts to deal with. Will they be together again this time next year?
**Sexual situations
A Rare Gift - Jaci Burton
Wyatt Kent and his brothers have a construction company. When Calliope Andrews calls for an addition to her daycare, they send Wyatt. He has a hard time not being attracted to the beautiful young women. The last time he saw her she had not grown into the body she now had. And it seemed she wanted him. Too bad. She was taboo for him. A wall too high and thick between this angelic vision and what he could have. That wall was Cassandra. His ex-wife. Calliope's sister. Can the love of a good woman overcome the bitterness the wrong woman left in this mans heart?
**Sexual situations
It's Not Christmas Without You – HelenKay Dimon
Austin Thomas and Carrie Anders had been dating on and off since she was fifteen. Austin was her brother Mitch's best friend so she had a crush on him even before that. Carrie had dreams though and Austin didn't respect them. She wanted to work in a museum and she got her chance and took it. Leaving Austin behind. So he comes up with a plan to win her back and bring her home. Only he sees her fitting in in DC while he fits in their country town. This story will have your heart twisted and tears rolling down your cheeks (if you are the emotional type) as their relationship fights for survival in the two completely different worlds they live in.
**Sexual situations.
Mistletoe and Margaritas - Shannon Stacey
Justin McCormick and Brendan Rutledge had been best friends since fourth grade. They had both met Claire the same night and it was Brendan who married her. Now he was gone and Justin and Claire were best friends. Only Justin had a secret he could not share with his best friend. A secret that could tear them apart. A guilt he could not shake off.
It was two years now that Claire has been a widow. Her body seemed to be waking up from the mourning period. Maybe it was time to start dating again. Between erotic dreams and other peoples suggestions, she started seeing Justin in a different light but she did not want to jeopardize their friendship in any way. Can two people find love when the person standing between them is no longer alive?
**Sexual situations.
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Bronwynn Scott
Secret Life of a Scandalous Debutante 
 ISBN- 978-0-373-29658-3
The Viscount Claims His Bride precedes this book. They are stand alone but it may help to read this one first to understand more about Valerian & Philippa. As this story is about Beldon Stratten who is Valerian's best friend and Philippa's brother.

Beldon Stratten, the fourth Baron Pendennys, his life is all mapped out. He has worked the last ten years to restore the estates and get his affairs in order. Now he is wife hunting. He has a list of the type of wife he needs and he is here for beginning of the London season to find her. He will not be distracted by the alluring luscious back he is looking at. Such perfect shoulder curves and her raven black hair along with that beautiful, long slender neck. What a fantasy his mind is developing. When she turns he recognizes her as his brother-in-laws ward, Lilya Stefanov. She is not on his list and could not be. He could not take a dowry from Valerian and he did need a wife with wealth to help keep the estates in order. Yet he needed to go and see her.

Lilya saw Beldon coming towards her. His kiss to her hand sent feelings through her that none of these other men did. And when they waltzed together it was wonderful. She had a secret to keep though and she would not risk love or marriage. She seen all her family murdered for the secret, all but her baby brother Constantine and herself survived in the escape from Negush. Too many lives depended on her as the keeper, she would not fail it was her duty. She could still enjoy Beldon for awhile though.

Beldon set his eyes on an Earl's daughter. She would be trained to be a good mistress for his home and she had the dowry. Even if she did not boil his blood as one exotic young woman did. Beldon tried to stay away from Lilya but it seemed that was not so easy.

Christoph Agyro, a member of a secret society,  had a plan. He was sure Lilya had what he was sent for. He would woo her, marry her and take the prize for himself rather then return it to the Filiki  Adamao. Women did not refuse his dark good looks and he established with her they were fellow countryman who both lost families in the war back home. Only she seemed to have eyes for the Baron more than she did him. That would not do.

A story of dangerous secrets, plans gone awry, greed turning into madness, unexpected love and what one would give up for such love.
**Contains sexual situations
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You may want to read this book first if you enjoy series type books.
Book 1: The Viscount Claims His Bride
For years Valerian Inglemoore, Viscount St. Just, lived a double life as a secret agent on the war-torn Continent. Returning home, he knows exactly what he wants-- Philippa Stratten, the woman he gave up for the sake of her family...
But Philippa isn't the naive debutante he left behind. His rejection stung deeply, and now she is suspicious of his intentions. Valerian realizes he must wage a tough battle if he is to finally claim her, once and for all, as his bride!
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A Scandalous Proposition by Wendy Soliman 
ISBN 978-1-4268-9221-9
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Southern England 1809
Major Lord Adam Fitzroy had been fighting with the 95th Rifles in Spain and was heading home for furlough and had stopped at an Inn. He felt worn down and the images of all he has seen haunted him. On top of that he was to go home and see the woman he thought he would marry, Philippa, now married to his brother James and the new Duchess of Southsea Court. There was a disturbance in the hall and suddenly a woman was in his parlor, he could tell she was distressed and someone was after her so he quickly hid her. After her pursuer was convinced to leave and she settled in to eat with Adam, he seen how beautiful she was. She looked to be from Spain with her dark skin and hair.

The woman introduced herself as Mrs. Simon Smith. She was heading the same way as Adam so he took her with her and dropped her off a church in the town. Then he went to visit Christine at Chamberleigh, the local brothel of higher class Courtesans. Suddenly Mrs. Smith burst into Christine's rooms. Adam felt angered that she had fooled him. No wonder she was running from that man. Christine called the woman Florentina. The next day when he went to see his mother at the Dowager cottage she had moved into since Philippa married James. He had heard much about her new companion, Mrs. Grantley.. Mother called her Tina and when the woman entered the room she was none other then Mrs Smith. This woman, a courtesan was keeping his mother company, Adam is outraged. When she leaves to run an errand for his mother he follows out of the house and makes a scandalous proposition, if she meets him at the Summerhouse tonight he might not tell her mother what she is. He believes this will get her out of his system and then he will have her leave.

Florentina did not know what to do. She was outraged at this man's proposition. She went to talk with her friend Christine,who knew all about her life, who had been the one to rescue Tina and her siblings from a life of prostitution. Florentina was a widow not a whore but she could not tell this man the truth. It was more important to keep her family safe and others that she tried to rescue from an evil man who brought young girls and boys to England under false pretenses, just to sell them to the bawdy houses. She did meet him but Adam quickly deduced for himself that this woman was not what he thought.

There are several stories within this one. Florentina & Adam's relationship, rescuing the children from Captain Dawson and his lackey Reynolds, Philippa who was going to blackmail Adam into coming back into her life and she is also with child but Adam has doubts that it is James child, James who is quite weak and ill and completely under Philapp's control. Philippa had been there for his young children when his wife Julia had died and after supposedly seducing her while drunk he could only do what was right by marrying her. There is Lord King who holds hedonistic parties and he has his eyes set on Florentina. In the end, everything comes together.
**Contains sexual situations
**Book Received through NetGalley for review

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