Review: If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell

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Review by Poo Penny

This book started out pretty good, with some cheeky letters between the Duke of Osborne, or Dalton as he likes to be called, and Lady Dorothea, also known as Thea. I was enjoying their story right along until… I am not even sure when I started to get annoyed with them! All I know is I was thinking, yeah right, a lot. Thea insists she is not trying to saddle him with marriage to her by getting them caught in a compromising position, but all she does is provoke him into compromising positions. And for the love of god, can we stop with the men who prove that they are men by kissing the girls. Yes yes we get it, you kiss so well.

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Mini Review: Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries

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Review by PooPenny

I really do not like when the hero of the story says he will take his wife by force. REALLY?! WHO likes that? Granted, he never did. But, still, I do not like the threat. It is stupid. I also didn’t like how quickly Juliana forgave her brothers for having Rhys impressed. Seriously? I know it’s family, but they should earn back that forgiveness, not just say it and then boom, forgiven. And what a scumbag the older brother was! Darcy was SUCH an asshole! I would have cut him out of my life. But alas, it was not my story to tell.

2 Stars

Review copy obtained from my local library

About the book

New York Times bestseller Sabrina Jeffries reignites a daring love affair in this intriguing tale of desire and deception—originally written as Deborah Martin and newly revised for today’s audience.
The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and daring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.
The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again?

Novella Review: Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran


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Review by PooPenny

This was a really cute novella! 3.5 – 4 stars

Georgie and Lucas had a fling a few years earlier, and for reasons unknown they both believe the other person did not approve of them. So, fast forward to present time in this book, and Georgie is hosting a party for her father, and looking for a letter, which is hidden among her guests. Her father sends for Lucas’s help, and voila, romance! It was a little predictable the reason for their separation, AND I could see why Georgie’s father sent for Lucas, but I did still enjoy this novella. It was a quick read, there are no gratuitous sex scenes, which get really old if you ask me, and this is a plot line that I typically enjoy in romances.

There was also a pretty funny scene with an ox, which was just ridiculous. I would recommend this if your books are getting stale and you need something quick to get you moving.

Review copy provided by publishers

About the book

The spirit of the season is festive—and clouding even the sharpest of judgments—in this Victorian era romance, perfect for fans of Jude Deveraux and Sabrina Jeffries.
At a house party in the countryside, the joyful spirit of the Christmas season threatens to sweep Georgiana Trent under the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue who broke her heart two years ago. Little does she know that Lucas Godwin has no intention of leaving until he has reclaimed her as his own.

Review: All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan

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Review by PooPenny

This was excellent! Full of emotional turmoil though, which kind of took me by surprise. I LOVE romances where the couple starts out in love, then something happens and they become bitter enemies, and the rest of the book is them going back and forth realizing that maybe they made a mistake. They are wasting all this time and energy hating each other, for all the wrong reasons, and when they finally talk about it, they realize that they can actually get along!

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Spotlight and Giveaway: As Rich as a Rogue by Jade Lee

This morning I have an excerpt from Jade Lee’s As Rich as a Rogue, as well as chance for you to win a copy!  Isn’t the cover cute?

Excerpt As Rich as a Rogue by Jade Lee

Peter Norwood, Lord Whitly, has returned from India to woo the only woman to fire his blood, Miss Mari Powel. Unfortunately, he doesn’t realize a casual comment from him before he left cursed her with the label of Wayward Welsh and her sister as the Wild One. The nicknames have destroyed their chances for a good marriage. In this scene, he comes to ask her why she despises him so.


“You are an odious man,” she snapped.

And right there was what he’d come to discover. She obviously still held him in contempt, but for the life of him, he couldn’t see why.

He shifted his weight so he was sitting more fully on the table. It wasn’t a proper way to be in front of a lady, but he was trying to encourage her to feel less proper around him. They were alone. It was a lucky stroke that Lady Illston’s butler was amenable to bribery.

But far from being more casual in his presence, she tightened even more. Her hands twitched, and her brows narrowed. Clearly, she didn’t like his air of insouciance, so he relaxed even more. It was the imp in him, he was sure, but he did like vexing her.

“I have a wager with one of my oldest friends,” he began.

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Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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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


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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