Synopsis:On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it.
All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.
But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit . . . and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.
Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?
What I thought about the book: Another great historical romance from Tessa Dare. This one features a mystery and the hero is a spy! Such a fun read. I love it when historicals have interesting subplots like this.
It’s kind of like a historical romantic James Bond story.
Synopsis:On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.
A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter… and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.
Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.
What I thought about the book: I really enjoyed this. It’s a totally fluffy feel-good read that manages to avoid being too cute.
I totally identify with Maddie’s desire to avoid society and her shyness though not to the same extent (she tends to have panic attacks) and Logan *swoon* new book boyfriend right there.
Romanceopoly is a reading challenge game hosted by Under the Covers and Peace Love Books.
The game is based loosely on Monopoly and set in the fictional city of Romanceopolis. You can roll a die to make your way around the board or just do each task which is how I’m going to play.
The website the creators have made is so helpful with tasks. They have a list of recommendations for each task here which I have found great because there are a few tasks that require books I wouldn’t normally read.
Tasks & TBR
LEATHER LANEUrban Fantasy Read an urban fantasy where the series is already completed
KICKASS LANEUrban Fantasy Read an urban fantasy with a picture of a kickass heroine on the cover
DOWNTOWNSubway Read a rock star romance
GROWING PAINS PLACEYoung Adult Read a young adult book (fantasy or contemporary)
MEMORY LANEHistorical Fiction Read a historical fiction novel
WOMEN’S AVEWomen’s Fiction Read a women’s fiction novel
DUNGEON Corner Read a book with a hero in prison or who is an ex-con – OR – Read a book on UTC’s or PLB’s Book Boyfriends List.
COLLEGE ROWNew Adult Read a new adult book set in college
BUSTransport Read a book where the character(s) have to go on a journey which involves travel (this includes fantasy)
LGBT LANELGBT Read a new adult LGBT romance
FREEDOM FRIARSLGBT Read an adult LGBT romance
SWEET STREETContemporary Romance Read a sweet or small town contemporary romance
BAD BOY CIRCUSContemporary Romance Read a contemporary romance with a bad boy hero or bad gal heroine
EROTIC EAVESErotic Romance Read a smoking hot erotic contemporary romance
FIRESTATIONCorner Read a book with a firefighter hero/heroine – OR – Read an ON FIRE HOT erotic romance (can be other than contemporary)
WARRIORS WAYParanormal Romance Read a paranormal romance that involves a band of warriors
MAGIC ROWParanormal Romance Read a paranormal romance where the hero/heroine can wield magic
CREATURE CRESCENTParanormal Romance Read a paranormal romance where the hero/heroine isn’t human (shifters, vamps, angels, demons, gargoyles, etc)
COZY CORNERMystery Read a mystery or cozy mystery
MILITARY MEWSRomantic Suspense Read a romantic suspense with a military hero/heroine
TAXITransport Read a book on UTC’s or PLB’s Recs List (any genre).
MURDER MILLThriller Read a thriller or romantic thriller
HEARTBREAK HOSPITALCorner Read a book with a doctor hero/heroine – OR – Read a tearjerker
FARAWAY LAND Fantasy Read a fantasy romance or a fantasy novel
LONDON STREETSteampunk Read a steampunk romance or steampunk novel
ALIEN AVENUESci Fi Read a sci fi romance or a sci fi novel
AUSTEN ROWHistorical Romance Read a classic romance – OR – Read a historical romance on UTC’s or PLB’s Recs List.
UPTOWNSubway Read a chef/foodie romance
MAYFAIRHistorical Romance Read a historical romance where there is a class disparity
Be sure to check out the website if you’re interested in the challenge. It is seriously the most informative site I’ve seen for a reading challenge.
Synopsis:Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are… nowhere to be found. Or are they?
Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there.
Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn’t belong here. So far as he can tell, there’s nothing in this place but spinsters… and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders to gather a militia. It’s a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch—a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram’s makeshift army.
Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle… but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?
What I thought about the book: Maybe 2.5 stars. I found this quite boring but I really enjoyed her other books so I think this one is the exception, not the rule.
It’s a very fluffy book so if that’s what you’re looking for, you got it.
Welcome to the first post in my Elaine Reads Romance series 🧡 This is a new post series and an Instagram page focusing solely on romance. The Instagram page will be updated regularly and there will be occasional posts here on my blog.
I want to delve deeper into the romance genre and explore all the tropes/topics that I love (and hate) without changing the overall feel of my blog which is why I made the Instagram page. The majority of my reviews will be posted there along with discussions about authors, new releases, tropes and whatever else we feel like talking about.
So, if you’re a romance fan, come join me on Instagram and let’s chat romance 💕
“I’d face all that and more for a guy who really loved me,” I told him coldly. “But I’m not putting up with this shit from a jerk.”
Afterburn & Aftershock (Jax & Gia #1-2)
by Sylvia Day
Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can’t say I wasn’t warned.
Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn’t the girl he once knew, but he hadn’t changed. Unlike the last time we’d drifted into each other’s lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with… and how addictive his touch could be.
The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax’s playground–but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer…
Review: This is a steamy one. A steamy steamy one.
Gia is one of the best leading ladies in contemporary romance I’ve read. She’s independent and goal orientated working to improve her career in the restaurant world when an old flame, Jax, resurfaces. He’s a directly involved in her latest business dealing meaning they have to spend a lot of time together.
Jax seems surprised by Gia’s attitude towards him but she isn’t afraid of letting him know what she’s feeling.
“Damn it. I didn’t know you were in love with me, Gia.”
My eyes closed against the pain of hearing those words from his lips. “If that’s true, you didn’t know me at all.”
He’s closed off emotionally and we don’t know why until they reach boiling point and something gives.
Their relationship is tumultuous, racy and deeply loving. I really enjoyed reading it 💕
Review: The acting from the main cast is solid (some of the supporting cast are a bit hinky) and the guy playing Jax is suitably yummy. It’s a bit less steamy than the book but that’s bound to happen unless they make porn.
The movie follows the book quite closely. The dialogue is moved around in some places and it doesn’t really fit on one of these occasions.
Overall it’s good but not as good as the book.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
“You’re toying with one of my people,”
she said coldly, watching impassively as he lifted her hand to his mouth.
“You never used to be cruel”
“I used to have a heart,” he drawled “and then someone broke it.”