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Book Review: Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

10Title: Notorious Pleasures
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #3
Released: October 18, 2011
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 393
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: June 10-14, 2017
Grade: A
Synopsis: Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman’s heart?

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind–and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back…and he’s asking for her help.

“Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him for help and spent one memorable night in his bed…talking.

When his bastard baby girl was dumped in his lap–her mother having died–Mickey couldn’t resist the Machiavellian urge to leave the baby on Silence’s doorstep. The baby would be hidden from his enemies and he’d also bind Silence to him by her love for his daughter. (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt”

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Book Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

9Title: Notorious Pleasures
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #2
Released: February 1, 2011
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 382
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: June 8-10, 2017
Grade: C+
Synopsis: Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé.  True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn’t bother Hero.  Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Lord Griffin Reading is far from perfect – and he likes it that way.  How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night.  Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother.  Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire – desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down.  As Hero’s wedding nears, and Griffin’s enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love? (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt”

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Book Review: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

8Title: The Duke and I
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: The Bridgertons #1
Released: January 5, 2000
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 340
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: June 6-8, 2017
Grade: C
Synopsis: By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers.  And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham.  Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her…but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke…for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love…

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Book Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

7Title: Romancing the Duke
Author: Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #1
Released: January 28, 2014
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 405
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: June 5-6, 2017
Grade: A-
Synopsis: As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens.  She never doubted romance would be in her future, too.  The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off.  One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?

No, no, and…Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance.  She’ll settle for a roof over her head.  What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one. (Goodreads)
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Book Review: The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

tprTitle: The Perfect Rake
Author: Anne Gracie
Series: The Merridew Sisters #1
Released: July 5, 2005
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 361
Source: Own
Dates Read: June 1-4, 2017
Grade: A
Synopsis:

She ran from a brute…

Fleeing violent tyranny, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters’ chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke…But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster.

…into the arms of a rake

Aristocratic Gideon, handsome, rakish and with a strong frivolous streak, casually hijacks Prudence’s game, awarding himself a stolen kiss or three along the way. Used to managing sisters and elderly men, Prudence is completely out of her depth with a charming, devious and utterly irresistible rake. And her plot goes terribly—if deliciously—awry… (Goodreads)

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Book Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Title: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love by Numbers #1)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Year: 2010
Pages: 423
Dates Read: May 29 – June 1, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HR
Rating: ★★★★★
Summary: A lady does not smoke cheroot.  She does not ride astride.  She does not fence or attend duels.  She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen’s club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied.  And so she’s vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she’s been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner.  Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking.  Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she’s not careful, she’ll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love. (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean”

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Book Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1)
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Year: 2010
Pages: 383
Dates Read: May 27-28, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HR, M
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk…Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both. (Barnes & Noble) Continue reading “Book Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt”