Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress by Lara Temple book review

Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress

Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress written by Lara Temple, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Betrothed…to the wrong man!

Building a life away from her bullying family, schoolmistress Helen Tilney needs to convince her childhood sweetheart she’s a worthy bride. Standing in her way is Lord Hunter―the man Nell has just discovered she’s betrothed to!

Hunter’s offer of marriage to Nell came out of guilt, and now seems less than appealing! So when she asks for his help to win another man he agrees. Until their lessons in flirtation inspire a raging desire which has Hunter longing to keep Nell for himself…

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Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress is the first book in a new series by Lara Temple.  After reading this first novel in the series I am already eager to read the other stories in the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies trilogy.

Lara Temple has taken me to an era where women were courted and often seen swooning upon the men in their sights.  With the fluttering of eyes behind fans and the gentle blushes bestowed upon their delicate cheeks the women had a great part to play in this game of match-making and when the young lady in question was a wealthy heiress then her popularity grew making her prey for unscrupulous rogues.

Young Nell Tilney first met Lord Hunter four years ago when she was 17 years old.  She remembered he had a sadness about him but she could tell he loved horses from the way he acted around the family’s horses.  Four years on from that day when Nell was left feeling hurt by the constant bullying from her aunt and father she is now a different young woman.  Nell has grown in confidence within herself and has been enjoying her work teaching at a local school.  However, learning from the papers that she is engaged to Lord Hunter she immediately pays him a visit to find out exactly what is happening.  If Nell is bestowed to Lord Hunter she then cannot win her heart’s desire of the hand of Charles Welbeck, whom she has been in love with since she was a child.

Although confident in herself Nell is still very shy amongst men, especially Lord Hunter who’s rake-ish reputation bestows him.  A pact is made between Nell and Lord Hunter, he will guide her in her quest to woo Charles Welbeck with some gentle flirtation.  However, the more time the unlikely couple  spend together the more they both start to realise a connection between them is growing.

Lord Hunter with his dark, handsome features and his rake-ish personality leaves many ladies swooning with desire.  However, Hunter has a vulnerability and sadness behind his suave, delicious exterior.

As Nell and Hunter start playing a delicate dance of love the game soon starts to become dangerous with heated exchanges soon confusing both Nell and Hunter’s feelings.

A gorgeous, sexy, regency romp that will leave you with want for more from the Wild Lords …

To learn more about Lara Temple and her work please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.laratemple.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/laratemple1

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His Mistletoe Wager by Virginia Heath book review

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His Mistletoe Wager written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boons Historical, is available in ebook and paperback format from the 1st October 2017.

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Notorious rake Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, is certain he’ll win his Christmas bet–until he learns he’ll be stealing Lady Elizabeth Wilding’s kisses. A woman who refuses to be charmed!
Once jilted, Lizzie must guard her heart, because the ton is unaware of her scandalous secret–her son! Despite their increasing attraction, she can’t risk the persistent Hal bringing down her defenses. But when her former fiancé returns, Lizzie realizes that perhaps Hal’s the one man she can trust–with her heart and her son…

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My first festive read for the upcoming season and what a feast for your eyes it is.  His Mistletoe Wager is a sequel to Virginia Heath’s Her Enemy at the Altar, you can find my review for this novel here.  His Mistletoe Wager can be read as a standalone but to fully appreciate and enjoy the full reading experience I would whole-heartedly recommend reading Her Enemy at the Altar first.

This story focuses on Hal, Henry Stuart, Earl of Redbridge, brother of Connie who we fell in love with in the previous story.  Hal is a notorious rake and has enjoyed many scandalous moments in his past however, he’s feeling a little out of sorts and now with the responsibility of the title bequeathed to him following his father’s death Hal has become more of a target to the ladies of society.  Even the attention of the hordes of females cannot change his current mood but his brother-in-law, Aaron Wincanton, places a wager with him and challenges Hal to steal five kisses from a fair maiden between now and the Twelfth Night.  The maiden Aaron has in mind is Lady Elizabeth Wilding.

Lizzie Wilding has been hiding from society after being jilted at the altar five years ago.  Her father wants her to return to the society scene but Lizzie would rather stay at home with her son she has so far kept hidden from the world.  If her secret son was to be revealed she would be shamed and her son would be shunned.  Life for a single mother was very tough in Regency time and was frowned upon.  Yet Lizzie has more to fear than her secret son being revealed when a would be suitor starts blackmailing her.  What hold does this unscrupulous man have on her?

With Hal game on winning his wager and gaining five kisses from Lizzie he starts the challenge with his full charm offensive.  However, Lizzie wasn’t to be easily won having sworn off men after being broken hearted.  But the unlikely pair found they had more things in common than they first realised and a mutual understanding is sought.

Once again Virginia Heath has had me swooning over the dashing hero Hal in this story.  I loved the banter between Hal and Lizzie and Hal’s cheeky charm had me smiling on many occasion.  The author was very clever though and gave Hal a sensitive, loyal side which had me sighing with contentment.

A delectable regency romance story that had it all; swooning and charm, hero’s and villains, family saga, drama, love and longing.  I adored it and I’m feeling bereft to be leaving my regency hero behind.

To find out more about Virginia Heath and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/

A Warriner to Rescue Her (The Wild Warriners, book 2) by Virginia Heath

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A Warriner to Rescue Her written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Tempted by the damsel in distress!
Captain James Warriner is startled to find a curvaceous beauty caught up a tree in his orchard! Despite his shattered leg, he rescues Miss Cassandra Reeves, then is determined to have nothing more to do with the enticing vicar’s daughter.
Except when Cassie seeks Jamie out to apologize, they find themselves persuaded to work together on her storybook. Secret liaisons with the dashing soldier make Cassie wish Jamie would rescue her once more…by making her his wife!

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As the song goes … “Holding out for a Hero …” and along comes Captain James Warriner and all our wishes have been granted.  Virginia Heath has created the most unpretentious hero I’ve ever read about and I was swooning over Captain James, Jamie, with every page.  Captain James was a wounded soul, a young man of 27 not long since returning home after fighting in the Napoleanic war and then being held captive for months and during his escape he was shot several times leaving devastating injuries to his thigh.  Through sheer arrogance and stubbornness Jamie managed to save his leg but he is left with scars, deformity and a painful limp.  His physical scars have spread deep and his mind is left unsettled and the strong, courageous young man now fears of the dark and of his own sanity.  He cannot see past his imperfections and feels he is completely useless to anyone.  His only joy at the moment is his painting.  His view of the beauty and wonder of nature kept him strong through a turbulent childhood and now he fills his days with artwork.

Cassandra Reeves is the daughter of the new parish vicar.  Cassandra, Cassie, is a loner especially with the lifestyle of constantly moving due to her father’s job and his disposition.  Cassie has been brought up by her father for many years since her mother fled the shackles of her controlling marriage.  Sadly, Cassie is now left to cook, clean and obey her father and his beliefs.  When Cassie can get away she loves nothing more that riding out in the countryside on her pretty pony called Orange Blossom and also her love of writing stories gives her escape to another world.  On one of her rides this is when Cassie and Jamie meet under funny and embarrassing circumstances.

Since this unexpected acquaintance with Cassie Jamie has been fighting with his feelings.  An instant attraction was felt but due to his self confidence in his imperfections Jamie makes a complete hash and his demeanour is quite obtuse.  Cassie was also struggling with these new feelings from her brief encounter with the former soldier.

Can the young couples love of nature and creativity guide them though tough times that lay ahead?  Can they each rescue each other from their own personal darkness?

I loved Jamie’s character and could sympathise with his self-doubts.  This chivalrous man with toned physique wasn’t afraid of showing his gentler side but I think this combination of his personality traits was perfect for Cassie.  With her own troubled upbringing and feeling very vulnerable Cassie needed a strong man to help her overcome her obstacles but Jamie’s tender side gently healed Cassie’s mental torment.

Virginia Heath’s wonderful wit wound beautifully throughout the storyline creating a gorgeous romance that made you smile, made your heart beat, made you sigh with pleasure but then the tempo of the story grew and you were left gripped with tension.  Loved it!  5/5*

To find out more about Virginia Heath and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/

Cinderella and The Duke by Janice Preston book review

 

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Cinderella and the Duke written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago―life has taught her she’ll only get hurt. So she’s shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider…
Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, travelling in disguise to evade the ladies of the ton! Impoverished Rosalind is the first woman to captivate Leo―but can he persuade this wary Cinderella to trust him with her heart?

regency couple silhouetteWhat more could you want from a Regency Romance? Country settings with grand houses, a damsel forsaking her own happiness looking after her younger siblings, a handsome stranger with chiselled features, society’s scripted choreography of courtship and a scoundrel/villain to despise?!  Cinderella and the Duke had all this and it was a treat to read.

I’m getting quite a taste for this genre, the authors, including Janice Preston, have transported me to a time of hardship for many but also to a time of pomp and ceremony.  A time when young ladies were chaperoned and introduced to society.  A time when wearing your best for a walk in the park was a necessity.  This era is so fascinating to read about and fictional stories do bring it to life.

In Cinderella and the Duke we meet 30 year old Rosalind Allen who with her brother have fled to the country in Buckinghamshire to get away from Sir Peter Tadlow, who had been recently appointed guardian to their stepsister Nell.  Sir Peter was a rogue and was helping himself to Nell’s inheritance and had set his sights on marrying Nell off to a very unsuitable suitor.  Nell, thankfully, had fled to London to visit her aunt in readiness of her debut into society with a view to finding a more savoury husband.

During one of Rosalind’s many walks in the country she happens across a group of gentlemen including one very smarmy character whom unsettles Rosalind.  However, one of the other gentlemen unsettles her in a very different way; a beautifully chiselled man with the darkest of hair.

For the last fourteen years Rosalind has taken the roll of mother to her brother Freddie, her stepsister Nell and stepbrother Jack.  Rosalind has forsaken her own chance of finding love to raise her siblings.  Now at 30 years of age she fears her courting times have gone but her heart is betraying her with feelings she has not felt before after this brief encounter with this handsome stranger.

Leo Beauchamp is the sixth Duke of Cheriton, since the death of his wife over 10 years ago he has singlehandedly brought up his three children.  Whilst away from the city he likes to take on a different persona, away from the ladies vying for his attention wishing to become the next Duchess.  Leo too feels a little unsettled following the encounter with Rosalind Allen, he cannot get the woman out of his mind.  Rosalind is very different to the ladies that parade around him.  Further chance encounters bring Rosalind and Leo together and the chemistry is almost magnetic and quite enticing.

This was a gorgeous tale of love, family, ownership and courtship.

To find out more about Janice Preston and her books please do visit the following links:

Website:  https://janicepreston.co.uk/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/JaniceGPreston

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The Duke’s Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple book review

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The Duke’s Unexpected Bride written by Lara Temple, publisher Mills & Boon Historical is available NOW in ebook and in paperback format from 4th May 2017.

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From country miss…to London duchess!

Sophie Trevelyan has been enjoying her visit to London, even if her closest companion is an overweight pug! Then she encounters the dashing Duke of Harcourt, who intrigues her more than is strictly proper…

Max knows he must marry. He’s looking for the opposite of his high-spirited fiancée, who died some years ago, so he tries to keep his distance from bubbly Sophie. But when her life is endangered, Max feels compelled to rescue her…with a very unexpected proposal!

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This was my first introduction to the words of Lara Temple and it was such a treat.  A ravishing Regency romp with wonderful charm, characters, gripping dramatic storyline, a history that was tied to 3 men that left each one damaged, a sensual desirable coupling with so much chemistry they can’t help but be drawn to each other and not forgetting a podgy, stubborn little dog called Marmaduke.

Sophie Trevelyan was staying at her Aunt’s house in London.  Her country ways from her home in Devon wasn’t enough to prepare her for society in London but Sophie held a compassion in her heart and her openness with people soon charmed them.  Sophie’s first hurdle though was to try and gain trust in her Aunt’s favourite pet, a podgy little pug that was stubborn and lazy called Marmaduke.

I loved how the author, Lara Temple, fitted this wonderful furry friend in this story.  Marmaduke’s personality in a way reflected in Max’s (Duke of Harcourt).

When Sophie met Max she was astonished with him and was left almost speechless with his supreme statuesque handsome features.  One of my favourite quotes by Lara was about Max with Sophie stating he was

so unfairly male

A friendship of sorts blossomed between the pair but Sophie was so different to the ladies that were paraded in front of him with the hope of becoming his Duchess.

The storyline held a darkness within it and a stunning seductress had three men at her beck and call but her greed was to be her downfall.  Years later these men were still beholden to this temptress and walls were built around their heart and soul.  It had to be a special woman to break down the wall that Max had built around himself.  However, Sophie’s life became in peril bringing a whole new twist to the darkness that has surrounded these three men.

A very delectable romance that oozed chemistry with class 5/5*

To find out more about Lara Temple and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.laratemple.com/

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A Warriner to Protect Her by Virginia Heath book review

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A Warriner to Protect Her written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available soon in ebook and paperback format.

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An heiress in distress and an earl in disgrace…
When heiress Violet Dunston escapes from an abduction, she finds an unlikely protector in Jack Warriner — a member of one of England’s most infamous families. Ensconced with mysterious Jack behind his manor’s walls, soon escape is the last thing on Letty’s mind!
Jack may be an earl, but his father’s exploits have left him with nothing to offer except a tarnished name. He’s turned his back on the ton
, but with Letty tempting him day and night, he finds himself contemplating the unthinkable–a society marriage!

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A Warriner to Protect Her is the first book in a new series by Virginia Heath.  The series is called The Wild Warriners and is set around four brothers Jack, Jamie, Joe and Jacob.  The Warriner boys live on a remote farm in Nottinghamshire and life on a farm was tough in 1813.  They are trying to rebuild the reputation of the family that has been sullied with gambling, drinking, cheating and tragedy.

The story begins with a terrifying ordeal for young heiress Violet Dunston.  She finds herself drugged and bound in a carriage heading for Gretna Green and her fate from thereon is fraught with danger.  Violet sadly lost her parents a few years ago, she has been left a huge inheritance which is due to be released on her 21st birthday, just over a month away.  She has become quite the catch in society with this inheritance looming.  Violet manages to escape from the carriage and runs scared for her life.  She stumbles across a lone horseman, Jack Warriner.  Jack can see the fear in Violet’s eyes and can also see that she is badly hurt.  Without any further hesitation he picks her up and caries her back to his farmhouse.

Jack’s brothers are shocked by this unexpected visitor but soon rally round caring for the forlorn young woman.  Jack can sense fear still in the young woman and realises whoever she is afraid of could be closeby searching for her.  He vows to protect her.  Can Jack protect Violet from her kidnappers and keep her safe till she can collect her rightful inheritance?

I loved this story.  It was deliciously moreish!  The Warriner brothers had grown up under a cloud and were doing all they could to break free from this tarnish in their family history.  The boys had grown up into strong handsome men and reminded me a little of The Musketeers, the bond they shared was unbreakable.  A young beautiful woman suddenly in their household brought new challenges to Jack.  He was struggling with his desire but his responsibility for the young woman was at the forefront of his mind.

A gorgeous Regency romance with swoon worthy male characters, all four brother would set your heart a flutter.  A daring, dramatic historical romance that is deliciously moreish 5/5*

To find out more about Virginia Heath please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/

That Despicable Rogue by Virginia Heath book review

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That Despicable Rogue written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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A lady’s mission of revenge…

Lady Hannah Steers has three reasons to loathe and despise Ross Jameson. He’s a scandalous libertine, he stole her home, and he was responsible for the death of her brother!

Determined to expose Ross for the rogue he is, Hannah dons a disguise and infiltrates his home as his new housekeeper. Unfortunately, this scoundrel proves himself to be the epitome of temptation and, instead of building a case against him, Hannah finds herself in a position she never expected…falling head over heels in love with him!

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This is the second book I’ve read written by Virginia Heath.  That Despicable Rogue is Virginia’s debut novel and is such a romp of a read.  Virginia has a wonderful skill of inviting you into a world of aristocracy and of a time long ago.  I’m getting quite a taste for Regency Romance, the era is just so raw and honest and the classes were so easily identifiable.  Romance was proper and ladies were invited to society to be swooned and courted.

This story is about Ross Jameson who won the deeds to a stately home via a card game that ended quite dramatically.  Ross wasn’t born into aristocracy and has worked very hard to achieve something for himself and his mother and sister.  The newspapers have made a pretty sordid picture of Ross Jameson’s life and Lady Hannah Steers believes every single word of it.  Lady Hannah Steers has a dark past she is trying to forget.  However, the stately home that the alleged scoundrel Ross Jameson won is in fact Lady Hannah’s family home.  Although, Lady Hannah hasn’t lived in the home for sometime having been banished by her own brother to the country.  Lady Hannah comes up with a plan to claim back her ancestral home and applies in disguise to become the new housekeeper.  Hannah hopes to unearth some sordid affair to hopefully strip Mr James of his rights to the home.

This story has a very charming and at times scandalous leading man in the name of Ross Jameson.  However, there is more to Ross’s personality than what appears in the newspapers.  Lady Hannah’s past is also not as clear cut as first appears.  I loved the intrigue with the secrets that had been kept hidden about both Ross Jameson and Lady Hannah Steers.  The duplicity of Hannah’s plan causes many conflictions for the pair and sparks soon fly between them.  However, the sparks slowly turn to something more heated and the chemistry between the pair starts bubbling over.  A sexy, romantic regency romp that I simply adored.  5/5*

To find out more about Virginia Heath and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Virginia-Heath-826870630745563/