Monday, August 21, 2017

THE DUCHESS DEAL (GIRL MEETS DUKE #1)

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… 

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
- They will be husband and wife by night only.
- No lights, no kissing.
- No questions about his battle scars.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.


But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
- They will have dinner together every evening.
- With conversation.
- And unlimited teasing.
- Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
 

Release Date: August 22, 2017
Avon
Girl Meets Duke #1
Historical Romance
Copy provided by publisher at RWA

Liza's Review:

Tessa Dare became an auto-buy author for me from the moment I read her very first book, Goddess of the Hunt. I love she writes such strong heroines and her voice pulls me in from the very first page with every single book.

The Duchess Deal is such an amazing book. I was pulled into the story from the very first page. Emma Gladstone is such a strong character. She has been taking care of herself since her father kicked her out of the house at 16. When she goes to the Duke of Ashbury's home to collect payment for the wedding dress she made for his former fiancée, she has not idea how much her life was about to change.

Ash has pretty much become a recluse since retuning from the war with major burn scars on his face. He definitely isn't your usual hero as he only wants a wife to provide him with an heir, and he is so bitter when we first meet him. I love that Emma was strong enough to meet his challenge but add conditions of her own. I honestly felt like Emma knew there was so much more to Ash than he saw in himself any longer.

There was a slow build up to the romance between Ash and Emma, and it totally worked for them as a couple. I loved seeing the more time they started spending together, the more time Ash wanted with Emma. I also loved that Ash became so protective of Emma and wanted to go after anyone who had ever hurt her. I also adored that neither Emma nor Ash could keep their hands off each other. There was both a sweetness and steaminess to their lovemaking as their relationship progressed. I absolutely loved them as a couple.

The Duchess Deal is another winner from Tessa Dare. As with all of her books, I didn't want the story to end. I highly recommend The Duchess Deal and can't wait for the next book in the series.

Rating: 5 Stars (A)


Friday, August 18, 2017

LOVE ME IF YOU DARE

When hostage negotiator Rafe Mancuso takes a bullet to save Sara Rios, his former partner, his actions make him a bona fide hero - and New York City's newest most eligible bachelor. Then Rafe admits that Sara is much more than just another woman he's rescued. Suddenly, a firestorm of gossip turns him into exactly what he doesn't want to be: the Bachelor Blog's newest hot topic. His only solution is to leave town and get himself out of the spotlight… and sexy, jaded Sara out of his mind.

NYPD officer Sara Rios has Rafe to thank for saving her life, and Rafe to blame for the media chaos surrounding her. She wants to throw herself back into duty at full throttle, but until her injuries heal, she's on leave and in search of her rescuer. From the moment she finds Rafe and meets his large, boisterous family, she's hooked. But mutual attraction doesn't always mean happily-ever-after, and these two have a long way to go to find their fairy-tale ending. 

Re-release Date: August 8, 2017
CP Publishing
Most Eligible Bachelor Series #2
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

Love Me If You Dare was another winner from Carly Phillips. I really enjoyed this book when it was originally released and enjoyed it just as much when reading the updated version.

I adored Rafe and Sara as a couple, even though they aren't more than ex-partners and friends when Love Me If You Dare begins. I have to say I kinda love that Rafe believes in love more so than Sara and it totally made me fall for him pretty quickly. I somewhat understood Sara's hesitancy when it came to relationships, but not entirely. 

I loved how Rafe's family immediately accepted Sara into their world and their family pretty much from the moment they met her. I honestly felt like Sara fell in love with Rafe's family right along with falling in love with him, since it had pretty much just been Sara and her dad for so many years. 

I really loved that Rafe and Sara had such a hard time keeping away from each other. They had really wonderful chemistry. Their love making was sexy, sweet and at times down right funny as they both were recovering from injuries and had to work around his chest wound and her bad knee. I love a smoking hot sex scene as much as the next person, but sometime the funny sex scenes just add something to the realism of a story.

Love Me If You Dare was a wonderful read. If you love a romance filled with family, laughter, love, and even a bit of suspense, this is the book for you. 


Rating: 4 Stars (B+)


Thursday, August 17, 2017

SHINING THROUGH FIRST LOOK

SHINING THROUGH by Elizabeth Harmon First Look!
Here is your FIRST LOOK at SHINING THROUGH by Elizabeth Harmon. Dirty Dancing meets Olympic figure skating in this sweet and sexy final book in the Red Hot Russians series


Title:  Shining Through
Author: Elizabeth Harmon
Release Date: October 2, 2017
Publisher: Pronoun/Macmillan
Series: Red Hot Russians #5
Genres: Romance
Word Count: 80k
Format: Digital & Print

Synopsis:

The Biggest Season of her Career…
America’s sweetheart Tabitha Turner is on track to win figure-skating gold in the Winter Games. Her family has sacrificed everything for her career, but the pressure is taking its toll. Burned out and living a lie, can Tabitha let off a little steam without melting the ice?

The Last Chance of His…
Russia’s bad boy of skating Daniil Andreev is determined to prove the toughest thing about him is his competitive fight. When Tabitha tempts him to help her take a secret walk on the wild side, he gives her a taste of the freedom she craves, never expecting that one unforgettable night could turn into something more.

Two Hearts on Thin Ice…
Chicago, Vancouver, Paris… the international figure skating season unfolds. Tabitha and Daniil compete and fall in love, but as the pressure mounts in a make-or-break season, can they set aside their painful pasts and spiral into a shining future together… or will their dreams shatter like thin ice?

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About Elizabeth Harmon:

Elizabeth Harmon loves to read and write romances with a dash of different.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that keeps her grounded in the real world.  Her debut novel, Pairing Off is a 2016 RITA Award Finalist.
An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food and wine, and talk writing with anyone who will listen.
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