Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

May Contain Spoilers

First, the setting was a delight. I am so tired of contemporaries, and dystopian settings in YA are a dime a dozen. Historical fiction set in the Ottoman Empire? It’s nice to see a book set in a time other than 1800 Europe or America – we need more variety in the stories offered by publishers, instead of cookie-cutter copies of the next ‘big’ thing.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels

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This morning I have a guest post from Charis Michaels, author of The Virgin and the Viscount.  Be sure to enter the giveaway, too!

Crafting a Book Title with a Title:  How The Virgin and the Viscount Got Its Name

The Virgin and the Viscount was the very first romance manuscript I ever wrote, way back in 2004, twelve years before it would reach the hands of readers.

Back then, it had a working title of, A Proper Scandal.

Back then, it was not connected to another book like it is now.

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Behind the Marquess’s Mask by Kristen McLean

 
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BEHIND THE MARQUESS’S MASK
The Lords of Whitehall #1
Kristen McLean
Released April 30th, 2016
Young Ink Press
 
 
Even the mask of an expert spy is no defense against his own heart.
 
With a reputation as dark as his appearance, Greydon Sharpe, the Marquess of Ainsley, ought to have been the last agent assigned to the daughter of a well-respected Member of Parliament. However, when she is brutally attacked and left for dead, it becomes clear he is the only one with the skills to keep her alive. All it will take are a few lies to keep her breathing long enough to capture the villain. Then he can send her on her way. If she would only behave herself, he might be able to complete his mission before she turns his contentedly miserable life into a chaotic mess.
 
Marriage is not an option … until it is.
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Spotlight & Giveaway: His Scandalous Kiss by @BarnesSophie &@TastyBookTours

 
COMING 7.26.16

 
HIS SCANDALOUS KISS
Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #3
Sophie Barnes
Releasing July 26th, 2016
Avon Books
 
 
Thorncliff Manor is the perfect setting for a masquerade ball . . . where the heart’s secret desires are about to be uncovered in this scintillating Regency romance from Sophie Barnes

Richard Heartly has exiled himself from society since the war, plotting his revenge for a terrible betrayal. A masked ball at Thorncliff Manor is intended to be a brief diversion. Instead, he encounters a fascinating young woman as entranced by the music as he is. He can’t reveal his identity to Lady Mary. But her siren song keeps drawing him back, and their clandestine meetings could be hazardous to his plan—and to her virtue . . .
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Manga Review: The Dangerous Mr Ryder Part 1 & 2 by Masako Ogimaru

 

May Contain Spoilers

I latched onto The Dangerous Mr Ryder when I saw the cover for the second volume.  It’s really cute and it hinted at crossdressing.  Something I love, but most especially enjoy in a historical.  This was a fun, exciting read.  I loved the character designs, and thought Jack’s hair was particularly engaging.

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Novella Micro Review: Streaming Dawn by Steve Bein

 

May Contain Spoilers

I’ve been fighting a cold and didn’t have the energy to write a long review for this novella that takes place in Feudal Japan, so here’s a micro review.

While I enjoyed this Fated Blades novella, I did not like Kaida, the main character. She’s a shinobi, and part of the secretive Wind organization that carefully sets events in motion to control the rulers of Japan. I loved the setting, and that an old woman could be such a fearsome opponent, but I didn’t like her. Kaida is near the end of her career as an assassin, and she’s determined to avenge the death of one of her students, in direct opposition of her current assignment.

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Spotlight and Giveaway: The Rogue by Kathaine Ashe

 
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THE ROGUE
Devil’s Duke #1
Katharine Ashe
Releasing February 23rd, 2016
Avon Books

 
In the first book in Katharine Ashe’s stunning new historical series, to capture a duke, a lady must first seduce a rogue.
 
Lady Constance Read is independent, beautiful, and in need of a husband-now. The last man on earth she wants is the rogue who broke her heart six years ago, never mind that his kisses are scorching hot…
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