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ARC #Review of Ethan’s Daughter (Templeton Cover #7) by Rachel Brimble! @RachelBrimble @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinMyRewards

Ethan's Daughter

Back of the Book

There’s safety in solitude…isn’t there? 

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove’s most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan’s first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn’t going anywhere; she’s afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn’t live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder!

 

Aug 2017

You are going to be disappointed with my review.  I usually fan girl all over Ms. Brimble but today I’m not.  Why?  Because I don’t need to anymore.  She is one of my all time favorite authors.  She always delivers the goods and I can say that since I’ve been reading her books from the very beginning.  So my question for you is, are you reading her?  If not, why?  She writes emotional, tender, at times snarky with characters that you can easily relate to.  Yes, relate, too.

Leah is a nurse and Ethan is a writer.  Daisy is his daughter and she is in school.  Nothing hard to understand about the characters so far.  Ethan was married before and the mother/wife left without a backward glance to her own daughter.  It happens.  Leah is a nurse and has friends there in town.  She is estranged from her family because of something that was done a while back, but then again, sometimes you need to back away from your family every once in a while.  I do and it’s not because I don’t love them but sometimes they can be stifling.  I need my space.  Ethan needs his space, too but didn’t count on Leah to keep pushing and pushing.  Daisy is a character on her own.  She’s not a plot device or overly cute.  She has wants and needs just like everyone else.

What separates this book from the rest of the books in the series?  A couple of things actually.

  1.  The suspense is racked up in this one.  It’s subtle but you can feel it.  Breathe it.  It’s palpable.
  2.  There are a couple of subject matters that are not for the faint of heart.  Domestic abuse, abandonment and somewhat of a mafia thread.  Anna, Ethan’s ex, is in way over her head.
  3.  I didn’t have to watch for the connection between Ethan and Leah.  It is there from the start.  🙂
  4.  CAT is back!  CAT is back!  See the book Finding Justice…just saying!  She’s still a badass to me.  And one of my all time favorite heroines.
  5.  Just when you think the book is finished, Ms. Brimble decides to throw you a loop and then BAM!  I was floored and I don’t easily get floored too often.

This is the 7th book in the series and yes, I’ve read every single one and I’ve loved each one in its own way but I have to say that this one of the best in the series.  It delivers for me everything that I like in a book.  Plus, Cat!  Anywoos…

I’m also very sad that this particular line is going away for Harlequin.  I’ve been reading it for too many years and I have many authors that I read because of it.  Ms. Brimble doesn’t have to worry about me NOT reading her but I’m sad that there is only one more book in Templeton Cove.  January 2018 can’t come any sooner.

Do yourself a favor and pick up anything that Ms. Brimble writes.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

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#Review of Only A Viscount Will Do (To Marry a Rogue #3) by Tamara Gill w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Tamara_Gill

Only a Viscount Will Do

by Tamara Gill
To Marry a Rogue #3
Publication Date: May 22, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Historical Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

Lady Alice Worthingham never conforms to Society’s norms. Ever. She loves adventure, new experiences, and approaches life with a sassy attitude Society can take or leave. But even for her, robbery by a highwayman is a bit much.

Lord Arndel, Lady Alice’s neighbor, is playing a dangerous game—acting the proper viscount by day and the Surrey Bandit by night. And to brazenly steal from the woman who’s captured his attention is no mean feat, or the wisest of moves.

When Lady Alice learns the truth, the viscount finds that when a well-bred woman seeks revenge, she’ll make a gentleman thief pay for his crimes with everything…including his heart.

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EXCERPT #2

She pulled back and stepped out of his arms altogether. Callum let her go with regret and consoled himself with the fact that her eyes looked heavy with desire and, if he wasn’t incorrect, a little awe.

“I shouldn’t have done that.”

“Why not?” He shrugged, the action in some way releasing his taut muscles. “You’re not worried about your reputation, are you? I thought you were a highwaywoman and nothing else.”

“I am, but I’m also a woman who should not have done that.”

“Are you a woman of rank?” Callum watched are her eyes darkened in warning. He smirked. “Preferably, I would like you to come back here and do it again.” Her mouth opened on a gasp, and he strode up to her, clasped her face, and kissed her hard, quick, and deep, before pulling back and bowing. “I hope we see each other again.”

Alice nodded and walking over to her horse in what looked like a daze, mounted quickly, and joined her sister. “I’m sure we will, Lord Arndel, and sooner than you’d like, if you continue this type of thieving lifestyle. Do I make myself clear?”

“Very,” he said, watching as the women turned their mounts and cantered down the road before turning into the trees. Callum swore, running a hand through his hair. For all his teasing of the little minx, she’d still run off with his portable blunt and now he would have to send word to London and notify those his deceased cousin owed money to, that the debt would not be paid. Not with the jewels that had been required, at least. Damn it!

What is there NOT to love about this book?  It has the voice of a contemporary, set in Regency England.  I know, it sounds confusing but read the book and you will see what I mean.  Our heroine, Alice has no problem shoting a gun, wearing men’s clothes and all around being very unconventional.  I really liked her from the beginning.  The start of the book was funny.  She didn’t back down with Surrey Bandit, even when she found out it was Callum.

Callum, in the beginning, is very much the tease.  I loved how he knew, as the Surrey Bandit, that Alice was Alice and the guilt that he put on himself for putting her in that position.  He had morals regardless of what he was doing to his neighbors.  It was a tough thing for him to reconcile.  And he never once thought that Alice would figure it out, much less exact her own plot to make him an honest man.

The banter between them is delicious, sweet and sexy.  Ms. Gill never misses a beat with them.  If I had one complaint, it took like forever for them to get together.  LOL!  The buildup is smooth, the what ifs perfection, too.  And having Alice confide in her sister was brilliant.  Of course, we had to have a true villain but they are not revealed until almost the end of the book.  And the climax of the book?  NEVER saw that coming.  Ms. Gill once again shows us that a historical writer can keep a reader guessing until the very end.

I can not recommend this book any higher.  It’s pure perfection.  Funny, sassy, sweet, sexy, and relatable.  I need to go back and read the other two books.

ABOUT TAMARA GILL

Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentleman in the making, a future lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.

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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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Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson

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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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