A Warriner to Tempt Her by Virginia Heath blogtour book review

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

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/nFKxbU

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A shy innocent

She’s wary of all men.

In this The Wild Warriners story, shy Lady Isabella Beaumont is perfectly happy to stay in the background and let her sister get all the attention from handsome suitors following a shocking incident. However working with Dr Joseph Warriner to help the sick and needy pushes her closer to a man than she’s ever been before. Is this a man worth trusting with her deepest of desires…?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Virginia Heath’s latest novel: A Warriner to Tempt Her.  I’m a huge fan of The Wild Warriner series and this novel is the third story.  The novels can be read as a standalone but my goodness you will be missing out on a treat if you don’t read all the books in the series and I would recommend reading them in order.  The books in the series are:

  • A Warriner to Protect Her
  • A Warriner to Rescue Her
  • A Warriner to Tempt Her
  • A Warriner to Seduce Her

Dr Joe Warriner is the sensible, studious one of the four Warriner brothers.  Joe always looks for the good in everyone, even of his late father who brought so much disrepute to the family.

Joe is also abit of a day dreamer and just recently his thoughts have been filled of Lady Clarissa Beaumont who he believes is the epitome of a perfect woman.  With her beauty and charm she is always surrounded by would-be suitors and never seems to notice the presence of Joe.  However, one Beaumont lady hasn’t mistaken Joe’s presence and when Joe is doing his rounds at the Foundling Home for children Lady Isabella Beaumont is always quietly in the background watching Dr Joe’s moves.

Lady Isabella (Bella) and her family are quite new to Retford following a very terrifying and traumatic incident in London.  The family were advised to take Bella away to the country to recuperate and heal.  Bella is still very traumatised over her ordeal and hates being around new situations but her voluntary work at the foundling home is slowly giving her confidence.  Bella revels in medicine and has devoured endless medical tomes and journals.

When an epidemic of a deadly disease is reported in Nottingham, mere miles away, panic sets in.  Joe is keen to quell the worries of the villagers of Retford and wishes to administer the new vaccination for the disease to all.  However, the vaccination is quite new following extensive research made by a fellow medical professional.  But not all are keen, the other local Dr who practices very unorthodox procedures quickly rebukes this new vaccination and argues against Joe’s proposal.  With lives at risk Joe and with the help of his keen assistant Bella need to swiftly take medical action.

The closer Joe and Bella work together the more Joe begins to realise that his heart had been set on the wrong Beaumont sister.  With Bella’s brain, kindness, bravery and quiet stubbornness she is a good match to Joe’s persona.

Chemistry soon bubbles between the pair but Joe soon realises all is not as it appears with Bella and she is hiding some dark secret that won’t let go of her mind.

The author Virgina Heath had taken extensive research of medical history for Joe’s story and this was clearly portrayed across the pages.  I was fascinated with this side of the story.  A Warriner to Tempt Her is a stunningly beautiful story that I thoroughly enjoyed.  All four Warriner brothers are hero’s in their own right but when Joe is put to the test his heroism is off the scale.  With his sensitivity to a very serious issue Joe calmly deals with it.  His passion for his love of medicine, his love for his brothers and now his love for Bella are his main strengths and the villagers and ourselves as readers are lucky to know Joe.

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

Website:  https://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

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

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/

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Best of the best in 2017

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I’ve had another wonderful year of reading and managed to finish 120 books.  From the 120 books read 52 of them were from new authors to me, so you can say 2017 was the year of discovering new talent.

It’s always very difficult for a book lover to choose their favourite reads of the year.  I enjoy many books from a wide variety of genres and tend to rate them by my overall enjoyment.  However, I would like to highlight a few that I particularly loved:

The Wild Warriners series by Virginia Heath.  Mills and Boon Historical writer Virginia Heath created a new series for us this year and I completely fell in love with it.  The Warriners are four brothers trying to escape the bad reputation that their late father has left them with.  We have been introduced to two of the brothers to-date and shortly in the new year we will be treated to another instalment from the Warriners.  I would say it’s like a 19th century rural middle England ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.’

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.  The Bear and The Nightingale is a grown up version of a fairytale set in Russia dealing with loss, grief, family struggles, forbidden love with a wonderful mystery of mythology and unknown magical creatures.  This book and it’s story would look impressive with a big movie budget bringing all the characters and creatures to life, a blockbuster in the making.

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All the Good Things by Clare Fisher.  A very moving, insightful story that was full of real life raw emotions, there was no sugar coating around the edges of life’s turbulent at times bumps in the road. A wonderful, inspiring debut that I feel should be read by all that have any involvement with young people. The words from this book will stay with me for a long time.

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Bamboo Heart by Ann Bennett.  The author, Ann Bennett, wrote with such passion and honesty. She left no scene without telling the shocking truth of a young man’s struggle to survive in the most terrifying of ordeals. The story sounds quite oppressive but it wasn’t as you were dealing with real people’s emotions and even during times of war love always found a way to bring sunshine and hope to your days.

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The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan.  This was a joy to read.  Poppy Dolan has created the most delightful, charming romcom that leaves you with a wonderful warm cosy feeling.

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The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.  This novel got me from the start to the finish. I was captivated by this almost other worldly love story. A story of a love between a mother and a daughter; a story of a love that seemed almost impossible to believe but the consequence of never feeling the strength of this love is almost too heart breaking to think about.

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The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale by Rebecca StonehillThis was such a profoundly moving novel that evoked many emotions in me. A story cleverly told in two different time frames from two generations of one family going through a pivotal time in their own lives which would leave a lasting impression forever.

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Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne.  This was such an emotive story that deeply moved me, at one point I had to stop reading due to the tears blurring my vision.  The author takes you on a very emotional journey, one that millions took that had no choice but to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ but behind the smiles lay troubled souls and broken hearts.

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As many of you will know I love my loose leaf tea and some my favourite blends this year have been:

  • William Wilberforce Blend by The Tea Shop, Hull.  A lovely blend of African black teas.  To find out more details and buy http://teashophull.co.uk/
  • White Bellini by The Tea Experience, UK.  A gentle white tea that’s fruity and refreshing.  To find out more details and buy http://www.teaexperience.co.uk/
  • Cinnamon Bun by Jollybrew Tea.  A festive blend of black tea with a warming taste of cinnamon.  To find out more details and buy https://www.jollybrew.co.uk/
  • Ceylon Decaff by Tea Shirt Tailored Refreshments.  A lovely well-rounded black tea without caffeine.  To find out more details and buy https://tea-shirt.co.uk/
  • Lemongrass and Ginger by Chai Kai Tea Company.  This is a perfect combination to drink at any time of the day but especially comforting when you are suffering with a cold.  To find out more details and buy http://chaikaitea.com/

I’d like to thank you all for the support I’ve received this year sharing the love of reading and books.  Wishing you all a wonderful, happy, healthy 2018.

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.

To pre-order/buy link:  http://amzn.to/2wWNGXi

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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.

To buy link:

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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/

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.

To pre-order/buy link:

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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.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/That-Despicable-Rogue-Mills-Historical-ebook/dp/B01B16JLUG/ref=la_B01BZD5GEA_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482430452&sr=1-3

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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/

Her Enemy at the Altar by Virginia Heath book review

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Her Enemy at the Altar written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:

amazon:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Enemy-Altar-Mills-Boon-Historical-ebook/dp/B01BK7J4KI/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1470925565&sr=1-1

Mills & Boon:   https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/p50455/her-enemy-at-the-altar.htm

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AN UNEXPECTED END TO THE WINCANTON-STUART FEUD?

Scandal broke last night when Lady Constance Stuart was discovered in the arms of Aaron Wincanton, the son of her family’s greatest enemy! But now we can reveal an even more shocking development. Our sources say a special licence was obtained and the two were married before sunrise!

It’s been confirmed that Aaron has stolen his new bride away to the country to begin their unexpected marriage. We’ll be watching closely to see exactly what happens when a gentleman invites his enemy into his bed …

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I do love a regency romance and was thoroughly surprised and captivated by this tale by Virginia Heath.  This is the first book I’ve read by Virginia Heath and I’m already considering downloading her debut novel ‘That Despicable Rogue’.

Virginia transported me back in time to when courtships were taken place in ballrooms and ladies were like a commodity to suitable suitors to help bring wealth to estates.  I was soon transfixed to this romantic tale that was filled with obligations and responsibilities, to feuds and entitlement, to respect and honour, to innocent wanting’s and raw longings.  I loved how the author dealt so sensitively with difficult subject matters.  Emotional bullying was quite common place many years ago and women especially felt first hand the taunting effects of this.  Virginia also broached the subject of PTSD, which is quite a relatively new recognised condition however, as humans the shock and trauma of terrible ordeals will not have been felt differently decades ago to what they are now.  I loved how the male and female characters had certain strengths dealing with these two unpleasant experiences.  I was completely romanticised by this historical read and at times wished the shy and stubborn characters would just open up to each other … but then there wouldn’t be much of a story.  A mesmerising regency romp to fall in love with 5/5*.

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

http://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Virginia-Heath-826870630745563/