Dare To Love A Duke Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour of Dare To Love A Duke!

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For a dashing Duke and the proprietress of a secret sensual club, can passion ever lead to love?

Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more duelling, or carousing, or frequenting masked balls, but he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet.

Lucia, better known as her alter ego Amina, manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. No member of the club has ever intrigued her, until the masked stranger, whose heated looks sear her skin. After months of suppressed longing, do they dare to give in to temptation?

#DareToLoveADuke by @EvaLeighAuthor has to be the naughtiest historical romance ever! Captivating right from the word go, this is a tantalising tale of forbidden love and taboo passions.

What happens at the Orchid Club, stays at the Orchid Club. No patron must reveal its scandalous secrets, and they most certainly must never fall for its proprietress, the fallen angel Amina, or Lucia to her loyal friends.

The chemistry and tension between Tom and Lucia is positively electric. I couldn’t put the book down. Much as I would love to babble on about the story, I don’t want to give away any secrets, after all, that’s the rule!

Thank you @MillsandBoon and #MillsandBoonInsiders for the invitation to participate in this wonderful #BlogTour.

 

 

 

Debutante In Disguise – Eleanor Webster

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Determined to help people, Letty Barton has a double life – she’s a trained doctor! No-one must know ‘Dr Hatfield’ is actually a woman. Called to an emergency, she comes face to face with her patient’s brother, Lord Anthony Ashcroft.

They’d once shared a spark-filled flirtation – now he’s a brooding, scarred war-hero. But how long will it be before he recognises her, beneath her disguise, and the sparks begin to fly once more?

A Debutante in Disguise by #EleonorWebster is an inspirational story of Letty Barton, an intelligent, courageous and independent young woman who defies a very restrictive society to follow her dream.

It highlights the enormous difficulties faced by women of that era in balancing their professional aspirations with personal lives.

Set in a time when women weren’t allowed in professions deemed suitable only for men, the story is engrossing from start to finish. I enjoyed reading it.

Thank you Mills And Boon for the opportunity to review #DebutanteInDisguise.

 

 

Redemption Bay Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour of Redemption Bay!

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Redemption Bay is the new novel from New York Times bestselling author #RaeAnneThayne.

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it’s never let her down, unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick.

He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through McKenzie’s eyes could change his mind.

If he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing, a place where love arrives when it is least expected.

I would love to live in Haven Point, a picturesque lake town surrounded by snow-topped mountains and kind, caring residents who are always there for each other. Who wouldn’t? 

McKenzie, the sweet and very capable mayor of this sleepy place, happens to love it more than most. So much so, she is willing to put up with Ben Kilpatrick, the man responsible for destroying more than just the town’s economy.

Ben on the other hand, has his own demons to put to rest, and then leave, asap. The last thing he needed was some pretty, perky mayor forcing the virtues of Haven Point down his throat. 

For McKenzie and Ben, this is a blessed second chance, and I enjoyed seeing their relationship change and grow.  

If you like sweet love stories, speckled with cute puppies, giggling kids and lots of small town intrigue, Redemption Bay is the book for you. 

Thank you @MillsandBoon for the invite to participate in this wonderful #Blogtour.

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Blog Tour – The Pursuits Of Lord Kit Cavanaugh

Welcome to the Blog Tour of The Pursuits Of Lord Kit Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens!

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THE CAVANAUGHS are unlike any other family in early Victorian England. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens continues to explore the enthralling world of these dynamic siblings in the eagerly anticipated second volume in her captivating series.

A Gentleman of Means

One of the most eligible bachelors in London, Lord Christopher “Kit” Cavanaugh has discovered his true path and it doesn’t include the expected society marriage. Kit is all business and has chosen the bustling port of Bristol to launch his passion-Cavanaugh Yachts.

A Woman of Character

Miss Sylvia Buckleberry’s passion is her school for impoverished children. When a new business venture forces the school out of its building, she must act quickly. But confronting Kit Cavanaugh is a daunting task made even more difficult by their first and only previous meeting, when, believing she’d never see him again, she’d treated him dismissively. Still, Sylvia is determined to be persuasive.

An Unstoppable Duo

But it quickly becomes clear there are others who want the school-and Cavanaugh Yachts-closed. Working side by side, Kit and Sylvia fight to secure her school and to expose the blackguard trying to sabotage his business. Yet an even more dastardly villain lurks, one who threatens the future both discover they now hold dear.

As usual, the inspirational Ms Laurens delivers as promised. The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh has all the hallmarks of her classic historic romances, boasting vast knowledge of the era, brought to life through the trials and tribulations of the locals on Bristol’s dockside.

All is going well for strong, independent-minded Silva, until rake extraordinaire, Kit Cavanaugh appears and ruins all her hard work. Given their past, brief encounter, Silvia is not surprised by the handsome Lord’s haughty behaviour, and I love how she refuses to stand for it.

Kit believes he is definitely not the marrying kind. Then the beautiful, passionate Silvia, barges into his office. How had he mistaken the fiery beauty for a prude at his brother’s wedding? Now, Kit wants to know every little detail about the school teacher.

The Pursuits Of Lord Kit Cavanaugh is a sweet romance, charting the gently evolving relationship between Silvia and Kit, with some thrilling action bits woven in for good measure.

Though a sequel, it is pretty much stand alone. If you are a fan of Stephanie Laurens, this book is for you.

Thank you Mills And Boon and Mills And Boon Insiders for the wonderful opportunity to participate in this great blog tour.

 

Book Review – The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience

Mills & Boon kindly asked me to review The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience by Marguerite Kaye.

A countess in name only…

…tempted by a night with her husband!

Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Eloise Brannagh has witnessed first-hand the damage unruly passion can cause. Yet she craves freedom, so a convenient marriage to the Earl of Fearnoch seems the perfect solution!

Except Alexander Sinclair is more handsome, more intriguing, more everything, than Eloise anticipated. Having set her own rules for their marriage, her irresistible husband might just tempt Eloise to break them!

The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience is an enjoyable historical romance with engaging characters, who portray a real sense of the societal norms in the early eighteen hundreds.

Though I found the book slow at the beginning, it picks up soon as the chemistry between Eloise and Alexander develops.

I was left guessing about the ending, till the ending!

Thank you Mills & Boon and Netgalley for the opportunity review The Earl’s Countess Of Convenience.

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Book Review – You Say It First

Mills & Boon have kindly asked me to provide my honest review of You Say It First by Susan Mallery. So here it is:

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You Say It First by is a gently simmering romance set in a wedding town.

Pallas Saunders adores running her quirky wedding venue, Weddings in a Box. But if she can’t turn the floundering business around, she’ll have no choice but to trade taffeta for a stable career.

Sculptor Nick Mitchell is struggling to fill his time between commissions, so takes a day job as carpenter at Weddings in a Box… The job has its perks—mainly the captivating owner, Pallas.

Then when a desperate bride wants something completely new, Nick inspires Pallas to think outside the box. Could building a dream wedding be the start of their fairytale?

Though I usually prefer love stories with a tad more tension and conflict, I did like this book mainly because of the sweet lead characters and their colourful friends and family. The novel paints an interesting image of life in a small town, where views are entrenched in legacy and history.

For those who enjoy a cosy, slow-burner to while away the winter blues, #YouSayItFirst would be a good choice.

My gratitude to Mills & Boon and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

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The heart of a reader

On of the best and worst things about creative writing is its subjectivity. Beauty is truly in the eyes, and heart, of the reader.

No amount of formal education automatically endows a person with the gift of storytelling or, a flair for wordsmithing. A key learning point during my quest for a literary agent, was the realisation that my educational background and work experience, which though relevant in the commercial environment, meant very little in the literary world, despite the fact I wrote two hundred page reports in my day job. Creative writing it turns out, is very different to producing corporate reports or marketing materials.

Unlike a curriculum vitae, in a manuscript submission for a novel, it is the quality of the writing alone that counts most. The writer’s past literary experience is helpful, however the story has to stand in its own right and speak for itself. After all, that’s what matters to readers.

A matter of expression

Expressing one’s opinions in an open arena such as the web or the press, requires courage in overcoming self-consciousness and other insecurities. For that reason, I admire columnists, reporters and bloggers alike, who bare their souls for all to read, fearless of the consequences of their published words.

From time immemorial, those who have stuck out their heads, voiced their emotive theories, themselves have gained immortality. Socrates to Silvia Plath, Charles Darwin to Yogananda, whether we agree or not with their philosophies, have encouraged us to reflect on our own belief systems. Is it not then incumbent on all of us, to occasionally rise above the parapet, and stir up the pot of status quo? Perhaps, we too, could help challenge entrenched belief systems which may no longer hold true.