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Review of Rescued by the Spy by Laura A. Barnes w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #suspense #historicalromance

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Kidnapped for revenge

Haunted by the man who murdered her family, Raina LeClair must always be two steps ahead of her sworn enemy through disguise and espionage. When her newest masquerade lands her back in the hands of the man she had previously kidnapped, she is awakened to the pleasure of his touch. When the threat of treason comes into play, Raina can no longer work alone to stop the destruction of England. Can she learn to trust the man who she once betrayed or will her obsession for revenge own her heart forever?

Kidnapped for love

Kidnapped and left for dead, Charles Mallory is always two steps behind in the quest to find his lady kidnapper. Discouraged, Charles turns his attention to a treason plot that is threatening his beloved England. Only to discover the lady who not only held him hostage, but stole his heart, mixed up in the crossfire. Unable to persuade her of the danger she is truly in, Charles resorts to kidnapping her to his family’s cottage. There they learn the true threat lies within their passion for each other. Can he convince her of the love in his heart or will he be left destroyed by this lady once more?

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Bessie looked back to the bar again and realized that Ray was no longer in sight. She couldn’t afford to lose her job at the tavern, but she was so lonely for a man. It had been ages since a fine-looking bloke like this one, has paid any attention to her. The sea captain who was in last week scared her and she escaped his clutches by faking an illness, but next time she would not be so lucky. He was due back in port any day now and Ray had promised her to the captain.

“Have you seen any other strangers in town, besides myself?” he whispered in her ear.

She would not admit to him about the sea captain. Her life depended on it. The owner of the bar was involved in illegal activities with him and she had overheard their plans. She shook her head no while looking over her shoulder again.

Charles felt her grow tense in his embrace. Her body shook from the fear of something or someone and he had a sense on who that was. He pulled her back into his arms more and nuzzled at her neck, feeling her relax again.

“I can protect you Bessie, you need not tell me a single word. If the question I ask you is correct, stroke your hand along my arm. Do you agree?”

Bessie raised her head to stare into the stranger’s eyes, he did not seem as dangerous as the other men coming into the tavern. More of a charmer than anything. She decided to trust him, he might be able to help her escape before it was too late. Slowly she lifted her hand and let it glide down his arm.

Smiling at her he lowered his head again, pretending to kiss her. “Has there been any unusual activity in town within the last few weeks?”

Her hand caressed his bicep, shaping it to her palm.

“Have there been other strangers in the village?” he questioned her again.

Moving down his arm she wrapped her fingers around his wrist.

“Anyone by the name of Shears?”

Her fingers tightened on his wrist as her body grew tense in his arms again. She raised frightened eyes to his as she slid off his lap.

“I need to get back to work sir,” she explained as she let go of his arm.

His arm snaked out quick, grabbing her by her wrist.

“A few hours you say?”

She nodded her head at him as she picked up his empty glass. He dropped her wrist and swatted her on her backside playfully.

“Well Miss Bessie, I will wait here for you; then we can use that room of yours for more fun later,” he winked at her.

Bessie smiled at him, forgetting he frightened her with his questions. His smile held many promises she wanted to enjoy. She wandered back to the bar with the empty glass, smiling over her shoulder at him.

Charles raised his glass at her when she looked back at him. He continued to smile, looking her body up and down in appreciation. When he noticed her blush, he knew he had her convinced that he only wanted a good time. He would wait around here until he could go to her room, then he would get the answers he desired. She knew a lot more than she was letting on, but something had frightened her. Not something but someone. He was close. If he was near, then so was she.

 

This was an interesting book.  Interesting that it was a true historical romantic suspense novel and I honestly don’t read a lot of them.  Sure, some of the ones that I have read have some intrigue to them but this one was a spot on suspense book.  Kidnappings, threats, some violence and a twist that was truly OMG.  But dear readers, you really need to read the first book.  I didn’t and there is a story arc that is being played out that I didn’t get into at first.  I’m still a bit confused but I think that wouldn’t confuse some people.

Raina is one of the best historical heroines that I have read in a very long time.  She’s smart but hurting at the same time.  Conflicted yet so sure of what her mission is.  Dealing with Charles in the first book (again, didn’t read it) and then picking up where it left off, kinda felt off for me.  That said, once this book started moving, it just took off.  Its a fast paced book with plenty of twists to keep you into the story of Raina and Charles.  I just loved Charles, too.  Perplexed at his feelings for Raina, he really had a hard time with his feelings for her.

The secondary characters are very interesting and really help the story along, too.  The villain in the book is vile and I’m really interested to see what is going to happen next.  Yes, even though I didn’t read the first one, I would definitely read Zane’s book in a heartbeat.  There are some loose threads in the suspense plot of the book that I MUST know what is going to happen.  The romance between Raina and Charles is spot on.  I might have had some problems with the plot of the book (simply because I didn’t read the first one) but the romance is swoon-worthy.

If you are looking for a true historical romantic suspense book, look no further.  Ms. Barnes has written one that left me wanting more.

About the Author:

I have always dreamed of being an aspiring author. I am making my dreams come true, one word at a time. When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on lazy afternoons, and late into the night. Anytime really. Married 28 years to the love of my life and we have three wonderful children and two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to travel. In the last few years we have gotten our passport stamped in England and Scotland. We are hoping to add Italy to the list soon. My debut novel is Rescue By the Captain.

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#Review of For the Brave (the Gentrys of Paradise #2) by Holly Bush w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #historicalromance @hollybushbooks

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1869 – Matthew Gentry joined the Confederate Army at eighteen years of age after an argument with his father, leaving Paradise, his Virginia home and famed horse breeding stables, for the fields of Gettysburg. Having survived the War Between the States, Gentry is haunted by the violence and inhumanity of the war. He continues to roam the country long after the conflict is over, finding solace in the arms of soiled doves and at the bottom of whiskey bottles. Finally traveling home after learning of a family tragedy, he nearly loses his life in a spring-flooded riverbed.

Annie Campbell, lone survivor of her family, lives at a remote farm near the North River, raising pigs and trying to grow enough to feed herself, and to stay out of the crosshairs of the Thurmans, violent men who run the town of Bridgewater. Annie’s secrets threaten her safety, even as she rescues and nurses Matthew Gentry.

Matthew knows he must return to Paradise, to grieve with his family. Will his heart lead him back to Bridgewater and Annie Campbell?

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He watched as she sharpened his blade on a worn leather strop and ran a brush around a tin cup, making lather with the soap on the bottom. She walked up to him, close enough that he could feel her body heat up and down his right side, and he smelled hay and horse, and some faint note of wintergreen or peppermint. Her shirt gapped when she leaned around him to scrape his other cheek and he was pleased to note that he was interested in seeing the top of her breast, as at some point in the last few days he’d convinced himself that there were parts of him that might never recover.

“Almost done,” she said. “Tilt your head back and let me get your neck.”

He did as he was told and let the sun beat down on his face. Her fingers were strong, moving his chin one way or another or dabbing soap from around his ears and wiping his face clean with a piece of towel she’d dunked in a pan of water. The warm towel wiping his face felt better than anything he’d felt for a long while, and he relaxed his shoulders and let her wipe away two weeks’ worth of sweat and grit. His eyes closed and he let run her comb through his long, filthy hair.

“I need to bathe. I can smell my own stink.”

“I’m going to cut your hair while we’re out here. The weather’s temperate, so we could wash it without heating water.”

“I don’t care if the water’s cold. I’m tired of pulling it back with a string. Cut it. Cut it all off.”

What can I say?  I love Ms. Bush.  Especially the Gentry’s.  I will admit, however, that I read this one after Olivia’s.  Matt’s book is actually the second one in the series.  Don’t worry.  You don’t need to read them in order.  You will not be confused at all.  In fact, I’m glad that I read them out of order.  It made Matt and Annie’s story that much sweeter for me.  How I loved this story.  In fact, this might be my favorite historical romance read of this year.

Why is that Harlie?  Matt, hands down.  I just fell in love from the first page.  Considering that I had already read a little bit about him in Olivia’s, Ms. Bush really hit it out of the park with this one.  There is a bit of suspense, romance, humor, and just had the feel of the movie Open Range, starring Kevin Costner (*swoon*).  And yes, I pictured him as Matt.  But I digress.  Matt is the hero that I’m drawn to.  Wounded, a heart of gold, loyal, but doesn’t feel like he deserves to be happy by his past actions.  Trust me, he does.  He gives as good as he gets and is first and foremost a gentleman.  I loved how he treated Annie throughout the book.  He never talked down to her but consider her an equal.  He tried to go all Alpha but Annie just put him in his place.  I knew right there that he and Annie were destined.

Annie, regardless of all the horrible things that had happened to her and her family, she never gave up hope.  In fact, I think it made her stronger.  I never felt bad for her but I could never figure out some things until Ms. Bush let me in on the secrets.  Dang…they were some doozies.  But Ms. Bush writes them in a way that you really hate the villains and cheer for Annie.  And yes, there are plenty of villains in this book.  Picture the standoff in the movie Silverado at the end.  The ending scenes with the villains…it was like the scene in Silverado.  You will stand up and cheer for Adam, Matt, Annie, and Gilly.

Overall, this book is definitely a keeper.  If you are looking for an exceptional western historical romance, look no further than Ms. Bush.  She owns the genre and has my heart.

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Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England, and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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#Review of You Never Forget Your First Earl (a Worthington’s novel) by Ella Quinn w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ellaquinnauthor #historicalromance

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With her three good friends all recently married, Elizabeth Turley is ready for some husband-hunting of her own. One gentleman in particular sparks her interest. Geoffrey, Earl of Harrington is tall, handsome, and dashing. He’s also just a bit too sure of himself. But Elizabeth has observed enough about the rules of attraction to pique the earl’s attention. Yet once she has it, the discovery of a troubling secret taints her future happiness . . .

Lord Harrington must marry or lose a prestigious position in Brussels, and pretty, well-connected Elizabeth fits his needs admirably. But could it be that he has underestimated his bride? She doesn’t bat an eye in the face of the danger they encounter overseas. She’s strong-willed, intelligent, and more enticing each day—yet also more indifferent to him. Now Geoffrey faces his greatest challenge: to woo and win his own wife, or risk losing her for good . . .

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Once Gavin had accompanied Lord Harrington into the house, her aunt looked at Elizabeth. “Well, what did you think?”

“After his initial stiffness, he was quite charming.” Even if he didn’t kiss her fingers.

“He’s a handsome man,” her aunt mused.

She had studied him as he’d strolled off with Gavin. She had been right. It was clear his tall frame and broad shoulders had no need of padding anywhere. “Yes. His eyes in particular are a beautiful color blue. They almost match the sapphire he wore.” His hair was blond but slightly darker than hers. “I like the way his hair curls.”

“But he is not pretty,” Aunt said. “Not like Byron.”

“No. He is very manly looking. His jaw is firm.” Not able to get the vision of his shoulders and shapely legs out of her mind, Elizabeth fought the urge to sigh. She might be a little too interested in his physical attributes.

“And he was attentive to you,” her aunt prodded.

“Yes, he was very attentive.” Especially when he talked about going abroad. In fact, that was almost the only thing he discussed. He had not asked anything about her likes and dislikes.

“Very well.” Her aunt’s tone was a bit impatient. “He is tall, blond, and handsome. He appears, from his conversation, to be intelligent and well read. He comes from a good family. He will be a marquis someday, and he wishes to be wed.” Aunt Bristow arched a brow. “Tell me. What is it about him that you do not like?”

Her aunt was right. Something about Lord Harrington had struck Elizabeth as . . . off. She pushed is physical looks aside and focused on what was bothering her. Lord knows it wasn’t his appearance. It was not his demeanor as such. It was . . . was he really interested in her? “He wants this position so badly that I believe he will marry any suitable lady just to have it.” She scrunched up her face. “Do you know what I mean?” Her aunt stared at her, clearly not understanding. She’d have to find a different way to put it. “It strikes me that in a way he is like a fortune hunter. He does not care who he weds, so long as he can have what he wants. In the case of a fortune hunter it is the money. In Lord Harrington’s case, it is the position with Sir Charles.” She rubbed the space between her eyes, trying to ease the tension she felt. “I do not wish to be the means to an end.”

Aunt rang the bell on the table next to her. “You do not think he cares if his affections are engaged.”

A footman appeared carrying two glasses and a decanter of claret. After setting it down, he returned to the house.

“I am not even sure if he cares about compatibility.”

Confession to make.  I didn’t read the book before this one.  That said, there are things that were done in the previous book that might confuse some but Ms. Quinn does a great job letting us know what is going on.  Like, that Geoffrey lost Charlotte Worthington in that one but trust me, Elizabeth is perfect for him.  And that’s without reading the other book.

This book is great.  Not awesome but great.  Geoffrey is an idiot when it comes to women and at times, it’s hilarious.  I adored how Elizabeth makes him work for it even though she loves him.  I mean really, he can’t catch a break.  These two are so evenly matched in every sense.  Elizabeth is smart, not some simpering damsel and Geoffrey is that kind of hero that you just love from the first page.  An idiot to the fairer sex but humbling in the end.  Even when these two have their smexy times, Ms. Quinn doesn’t do it over the top but Elizabeth isn’t a lump in the bed either.  She knows what she wants and Geoffrey isn’t afraid to give it to her.

One of the things that I really love about Ms. Quinn’s book is her authenticity.  She knows her history, customs but doesn’t dumb it down for her readers.  Her readers are smart so she doesn’t have to “explain” every little bit in the book.  I hate when historical authors do that.  I, for one, do not need to know everything about a dress and how many courses there are to eat at a wedding breakfast.  To me that’s just filler and Ms. Quinn doesn’t do that.

Their time in Brussels was very good.  I’m glad that they weren’t in England.  It was a different setting that I’m not used to reading about in historical romance.  Most everything happens in either England or France.  Great job.  I was definitely invested at that point in the book and it just kept getting better.  I will have to say that the conflict in the book happened so late in the book that I was a bit disappointed.  I expected something bigger but to me it was just meh.

Overall, I really liked getting to know Elizabeth and Geoffrey.  While they could have been any other regency couple, it was their shennigans that kept pulling me back.

 

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a Portuguese Water Dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She’s currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement.

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