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Second Chance Marquess

by Jessica Jefferson

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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BLURB:

When Wilhemina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation, and fortune, is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?

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EXCERPT

Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson

From Dragonblade Publishing

Excerpt 20

He was in a tub.

George was in the center of the room, submerged in a metal tub of water. Apparently, Mrs. Follmer wasted no time in executing her request. His black hair was slicked back and water was beading up on the smattering of hair across his chest, which trailed into a fine line down the center of his firm abdomen…

Thankfully, she could see nothing below the water line for the soap had created an opaque film across the surface.

“How dare you!” She prayed her voice came out as strong as she’d meant it to, despite her knees threatening to give out at any moment.

Why must he always be naked when they had matters of great importance to discuss?

“How dare I what?” he asked calmly, raising one cocky brow.

“You know what you did.”

“Really, you’ll have to narrow it down a bit. I dare to do things all the time.”

Her nose flared. “You lied about us being married. And you had the opportunity for a second room and failed to take it. You put me in this precarious position.” She tried to stare directly at his face, but it was more difficult than she’d thought it to be.

He pursed his lips. “I’m afraid this little confrontation might go a bit long. Do you mind if I get out? I’m starting to wrinkle.”

“No.” She practically shouted. As distracting as his naked form was, with him being submerged and unable to come close made the fight much fairer. “I don’t even see how you got in there. When I left you this morning you could barely stand.”

“The innkeeper’s wife personally saw after the preparations of my bath. She offered me a great deal of assistance, but I finally convinced her to send me up a young man to help me get across the room instead of going through all the trouble herself. Like she offered. Over a dozen times. And thank you for making the request, the muscle is feeling quite recovered.”

She stomped her foot, a childish gesture, but far less destructive than throwing a pitcher across the room as was her first inclination. “Why did you trap me here with you?”

“I thought by claiming you were my wife, I would be doing you a favor. I wouldn’t want to compromise your reputation.”

“Which would not have been necessary had you gotten the second room.”

“Well, that is true. But I thought it would be a benefit to us both if we were forced to spend the night together.”

“Of course you would.” She balled her hands.

You know what I never see in a historical romance?  This kind of book.  It’s a second chance romance with older characters and you don’t have to tell with the ton at all!!!!!  I know, right?  And yes, the characters are older.  Willie is 28 (widowed) and George is 34 (a rake to the highest degree).  Plus, Willie isn’t a wallflower.  She has had to endure a bunch of stuff to get where is at in the beginning of the book.  She speaks her mind to George and doesn’t pull any punches.  Of course, George is just happy to be in the same room with her.

George, at least for me, never stopped loving Willie.  Regardless of his station, his father and what transpired between them, he always knew that he loved her.  The gambling, tons of women, drinking…he owned up to with Willie.  She needed to know what had happened to him in those ten years.  That said, Willie seemed a bit more closed off when it came to her ten years apart.  It wasn’t until much later in the book that she finally admitted to him what had happened and how she truly felt about it.

Kitty and Henry are nice secondary characters, too.  It took their adventure to have George and Willie take a really hard look at their relationship, younger and older, and realize that they were no better than his dad and her aunt.  Oh and dear old auntie…she really needed to be slapped.  How could she do what she did to Willie and George all those years and still look at Willie and herself in the mirror every day?  Ooooo…

This book has everything I truly like about historical romance.  There is humor, some smexy time, characters that I cared about from the start, a plot twist that I never saw coming and secondary characters that helped our hero and heroine see their own fate before them.  Ms. Jefferson offers up a delicious tale that is definitely on my keeper shelf.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete.  When she’s not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch “Real Housewives of [insert city here]” and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.

 

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again.

 

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#Review of When Fate Decides (Challenge of the Heart #1) by Tricia McGill w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

When Fate Decides

by Tricia McGill

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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For too long Tessa has seen herself as plain and dowdy, just an ordinary suburban housewife. With her confidence eroded after being married to a bully who humiliated her at every opportunity, why wouldn’t she presume she was unattractive, and someone no man would find the least bit worth bothering with?

But now Tessa is a widow, and relishing her new state of independence. Her world is turned upside down by Jack Delaney, a man she spent hours fantasizing over when he worked for her husband. A man who gave her a deliciously secret outlet from her miserable marriage. When Jack enters her life again, professing he finds her attractive, why would she believe him? Especially as he is now wealthy, successful, still extremely handsome, and to add to that, years younger than her.

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Excerpt One:

As Tessa pulled the door open, the words of rebuke died on her lips. It most definitely wasn’t a salesman. The man who stood there, smiling, was one she’d never expected to see again in her lifetime.

“Mrs Browning. I don’t know if you remember me,” he said. Oh, how she remembered him, and that rich voice of his. “The name’s Jack Delaney. I did some work here a few years back for your husband.” When she continued to stare at him in shock, he added, “We built the games room and extra toilet and shower room.” He shrugged. “Another guy and me were here for a month or so? You’ve probably forgotten me.”

Forgotten him?

If there was one person Tessa would never be likely to forget, it was him. His voice sounded deeper, but still held that same undercurrent of sensuality that caused her toes to curl.

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Have you ever read a book and just completely connected with a character and understood EVERYTHING that the character is going through?  This is me in this book.  Let me explain:

I’m 7 years OLDER than my husband.  We got married when he was 30 and I was 37.  I totally resisted getting romantic with him for 4 years.  Sure, we were friends and did stuff together.  Dinner, movies, concerts, and sporting events but no kissing.  We met on December 31, 1999, and didn’t kiss until July 3, 2003.  We got married on September 4, 2004.  Yes, I was very slow to start anything romantic but once I kissed him, I just knew.  No more fun and games.  Once we kissed, we couldn’t be apart from each other.  Sounds romantic but I still had reservations.  We’ve been married now 12 years and couldn’t be happier.

Now in this story, Tessa is 45 with children and Jack is just 30.  There were times that I really wanted to bonk Tessa on the head.  I can understand why she didn’t want to get involved again with a man.  Her douche of a dead husband made her that way.  Of course, Gary, her son was no better.  And yes, I didn’t like him at all.  He treated his mother with disdain at times but she did stand up to him.  Too bad that we didn’t see the ending of his story.  Maybe we will but he needs to grow up ALOT for me to like him.  Laurel, her daughter, was funny.  She knew about the way her dad treated her mother and didn’t like it.  She liked Jack and how much he loved her mother.

Jack was never going to give up on Tessa.  I liked that about him.  Was he pushy?  Sure but he wasn’t the alpha hole either.  He gave her space but also loved her unconditionally even if he didn’t understand her reasons.  He just saw Tessa as the woman that he had been in love with all those years and wasn’t going to give up on her.  *swoon*  There are a couple of subplots that were nicely woven in that led to some of the tension between Tessa, Jack, Gary, and Laurel.

Overall, this a great story featuring a twist on the May-December trope.  The smexy times aren’t graphic but add to the depth of their love for each other.  Oh yes, Tessa did love Jack…she just didn’t want to accept it and run with it.

Go…buy this book.  Ms. McGill does a great job with the trope and her characters.  Of course, there are some language differences.  It starts off in English and then some of the Aussie phrases show up.  *sigh*  I love Aussies.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Award winning author Tricia McGill was born in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer? The local library was a treasure trove and magical world of discovery through her childhood and growing years. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.

Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations, especially elephants and orangutans who seem to be getting the raw end of the deal even in this enlightened age. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?”

Web Page:   www.triciamcgill.com

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Happy book Birthday and ARC #Review of Rodeo Rancher by Mary Sullivan! @MSullivanWrites

A Family Housewarming

Visitors are rare at widower Michael Moreno’s Rodeo, Montana, ranch. When Samantha Read and her two sons turn up, seeking shelter in a snowstorm, his kids are ecstatic. Michael is less enthusiastic. Sammy’s sophisticated city vibe seems out of place in his country home. But even he can’t deny that the bubbly beauty lights up the whole house.

Though Sammy doesn’t know much about ranching, she recognizes an aching heart when she sees one. Michael and his kids could use some cheer, and she’s determined to make the most of their time together. But as the heat between Sammy and Michael threatens to melt the snow, Sammy wonders if Michael’s heart could be thawing, as well…

 

I have to admit that has much Harlequin I read, I never caught onto the Cowboy craze.  It seems from being born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas.  I still live in Texas and for me, cowboys are something that I have seen every day my whole life.  It’s not I don’t like a good Wrangler butt or a buff rancher.  I worship at the feet of King George (George Straight) but honestly, I’d rather have billionaire’s, royalty or the special agent/cop.  That said, somewhere I missed the memo that Harlequin American Romance was changing to Western Romance.

So when Ms. Sullivan approached me to read her latest release I was intrigued.  You see, it’s about a rancher in Montana and the woman that is finally able to make him smile and love again after the death of his wife.  Sure, it’s a tried and true trope but what makes this one so special and good are their kids.  Oh yes, Michael has 2 kids and so does Sammy.  The kids in this book are crucial to the development of the romance and how much Michael is grieving.  Ms. Sullivan does a great job of the slow burn of the romance.  Michael is a big ole grumpy bear that has closed everyone off and Sammy is just the breath of fresh air that he and his kids need.

Sammy does come with some baggage, too.  The ending surprised me.  I honestly never saw that coming but it was nicely done.  I also liked her relationship with her brother.  Just wished I had read his book, too.  Sammy is just a trip when it comes to the kids.  I also liked how her and Michael’s parenting skills were the same but different.  Loved how Sammy never questioned Michael’s but he was quick to always say something about hers.  The meet-cute was hilarious, too.  Ms. Sullivan painted a picture for me and I’m still smiling.

Overall, this book sold me on the “new” line.  I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.  Alas, I have to wait until I think July.

Author Bio:
Award-winning author Mary Sullivan grew up in a big city, which makes her fascination with small towns, ranchers and cowboys hard to explain.
In 2005, she was finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart contest. Since then her writing career has taken off. She is the author of thirteen Superromances and two Western Romances, with four more on the way!
She loves that moment when, against all odds and through every difficulty, her hero and heroine find their happy endings.
TWITTER: @MSullivanWrites