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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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EXCERPT

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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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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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?”

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