Review: The Duke’s Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple

The Duke’s Unexpected Bride 
by Lara Temple

The Blurb

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!


The Review

This regency romance whole-heartedly champions being different and loving ourselves for who we are. My first Lara Temple title but, oh my, will I be going back for more.

Our hero Max Harcourt, well… Any man that makes their significant other feel free to be themselves, is a winner in my eyes! And this hero is a winner! He is cool and composed, with deep dark secrets that keep him in complete control of his carefully planned life. But control is lost when the ‘peculiar’, “eccentric blue-eyed sprite” Sophie Trevelyan brings him to heel.

Sophie Trevelyan a heroine I’d happily hang out with in my P.J’s or have a girls night out on the town. Adorable, honest and compassionate. But still full of fire and a complete love for life. Her character is infectious and made me want to break out laughing on several occasions. I do love a woman that can’t curb her tongue but in the most sincere way… I can see why she completely had our hero Max in a tale-spin.

‘…She is my betrothed and if I see you near her again or hear that you even mentioned her name I will break your hand. With pleasure.’

Oh me, oh my! Violence is never becoming, unless, it is completely justifiable. This threat is completely justifiable and highlights Max loosing his control to protect our heroine! And I have to confess, I was cheering him on at this point. He is the all round hero that you would want to take home to your Mum but just as quickly somewhere less innocent.

A regency romance set to rocket your pulse and have you swooning over characters that deserve your undivided attention! Sophisticated and sexy but also endearing and funny. Riveting. Without a doubt, 5/5 stars from me.

Such clever writing. And what a plot! Go on read it!

Pre-order it here: The Duke’s Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple

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Review: The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge by Elisabeth Hobbes

The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge by Elisabeth Hobbes

The Blurb


At the mercy of her enemy!

Abducted by Saxon outlaws, Constance Arnaud comes face to face with Aelric, a Saxon boy she once loved. He’s now her enemy, but Constance must reach out to this rebel and persuade him to save her life as she once saved his…

Aelric is determined to seek vengeance on the Normans who destroyed his family. Believing Constance deserted him, he can never trust her again. Yet, as they are thrown together and their longing for each other reignites, will Aelric discover that love is stronger than revenge?


The Review


The question, ‘Can Love Overcome Vengeance?’ It sure can!

What a book! Dark. Vivid. Heart-wrenching. And just darn satisfying. Brilliant! 


Our star-crossed lovers are twisted, pulled and pushed into situations beyond their control… But love always saves the day… Right?

Aleric Brunwulf is the name of our hopeful, innocent man-boy hero, who is ward to the merciless Robert (‘ward’ another name from prisoner, did you know?) But after he is cruelly pushed into manhood, leaving behind the innocent flushes of first love, and away from our heroine, Constance, he becomes ‘Caddoc the Fierce!’ 

A hero full of fire and spirit; set for vengeance. But can our heroine remind him that love is stronger than hate?

Constance Arnaud, a heroine with a twisted foot but no less able in mind nor spirit than the wildest of mares. Our heroine, is set to be broken and tamed by a line of masters but her spirit and courage are enough to bring her and Aleric out of the shadows and into the light. 

A tale both bitter and sweet.  A Medieval ‘Romeo & Juliet’ romance sure to rock your world. 

I loved both our heroine and hero.  Brilliant characters. Brilliant plot. And the secondary characters are well, shockingly brilliant. 5/5 stars from me, a highly recommended read.  

Go on, buy it here! You know you want to! The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge 

Review- A Warriner to Protect Her by Virginia Heath

The Blurb

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!

Review

First book in the ‘The Wild Warriners’ series, A Warriner to Protect Her. Released in May 2017.

Jack Warriner, our hero is the eldest of four brothers and he is the essence of ‘man’ “…Primal… Male… Territorial…” He protects what is his fiercely and without reservation. His past shaping him into a man I’d take out to dinner anytime.

But what Jack needed, to break his resolute need to be the ‘responsible one’ was “… a feisty woman to stand up to him…” and she came in the form of the ‘Tea’ heiress Violet ‘Letty’ Dunston.

Saving our heroine, from what I can only describe as a breath-taking scene, Letty becomes Jack’s ward and as she counts down the days and hours until she is free, love blossoms…

But Jack refuses to believe that a ‘Tea heiress’ could possibly love a farmer with such a tarnished name and past. But he wanted to “slay Dragons” for Letty. Theoretical Dragons, but Dragons nevertheless! All to protect his damsel in distress, Letty…

Letty is courageous and tenacious, a role-model for any era. Letty breaks down Jack’s barriers by simply being herself. Jack and Letty both have an overwhelming need to ‘belong’ and to be recognised for who they truly are, and oh my, did they, in each other arms.

Not only have I fallen in love with one brother Jack, I have fallen in love with four, Jack, Jamie, Joe and Jacob, ‘The Wild Warriners.’

Virginia Heath’s clever writing has given me solid snippets, into each of these characters without detracting from the central romance and it was difficult not to let affection swell for each of these brothers. So different in personalities yet all of them alluring and lovable.

The writing is complex but light, witty and clever. I can not wait for the next installment in this series!

Get pre-ordering now, this is not a tale to be missed. 5/5 stars from me! A Warriner to Protect Her – Virginia Heath