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Release Blitz for The Design of Dukes by Kathleen Ayers

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Andromeda is the most frustrating creature Granby has ever encountered. When their insults turn to flirtation and the heated discussions between them lead to passionate kisses, will Andromeda succumb to their mutual attraction? Fans of steamy historical and enemies to lovers romances will devour The Design of Dukes by Kathleen Ayers, the next book in her Beautiful Barringtons Series.

Praise for Kathleen Ayers

“Kathleen Ayers has become a favorite for me. I loved the “Wicked Series” but the “The Theory Of Earls” (don’t you just love this title) is my favorite so far.” – MiaBurke54, Bookbub Reviewer

“I am absolutely enamored with this book! It has a breathtaking romance, characters with sizzling chemistry, and a dialogue that is so clever and witty…” – Catherine, Goodreads Reviewer

Blurb

Lady Andromeda Barrington is the most unsuitable young lady in London.

At least in the Duke of Granby’s opinion.

Granby doesn’t care for bastard relatives or tainted pedigrees and Andromeda possesses both. Nor does he like opinionated young ladies who enjoy hurling insults in his direction.

Andromeda is, in short, the most annoying creature he’s ever met.

When she arrives, uninvited, to a house party given at his estate, Granby can’t decide whether to kiss Andromeda senseless or send her packing.

Andromeda is the victim of infatuation and bad luck.

The infatuation is that of her sister for the Earl of Blythe, but the misfortune belongs solely to Andromeda after she is forced to attend a house party hosted by the Duke of Granby. She and the duke are previously, unpleasantly, acquainted. The entire party is bound to be awkward, and their mutual dislike difficult to hide. Her only recourse is to avoid the giant block of ice masquerading as a duke. Thankfully, Granby’s estate is enormous.

But instead of mutual hostility upon arriving, Romy is greeted with unexpected attraction. Insults turn into flirtation. Heated discussions become lingering kisses.

Her heart is ruined. Granby may not even have one.

And the duke has already chosen another young lady to be his duchess.

The Design of Dukes is a steamy historical romance with a guaranteed happily ever after and next in the series The Beautiful Barringtons.

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Excerpt 

Copyright 2021 @Kathleen Ayers

“Were you sketching Granby’s backside?” Blythe laughed out from between his gloved fingers, clearly finding the situation amusing. “I suppose there’s a first time for everything.”

Heat stung her cheeks at Blythe’s scandalous statement. “I was absolutely not, my lord.” 

“Could you find nothing else more worthy of your talent?” Blythe’s tone turned flirtatious. “Mine, perhaps?” Blythe turned sideways and wiggled his hips.

Blythe was a shameless rogue. Though Romy had to admit upon inspection, Blythe’s backside, like the rest of him, was rather magnificent.

Granby’s eyes fluttered shut, head shaking as if Blythe continuously tried his limited patience, before once again fixing Romy with a frosty glare. 

“I was sketching Miss Cummings’s costume,” Romy waved in the direction of the young lady who was now wandering off, oblivious to the fact her gown had been the cause of Romy’s current situation. 

“And eavesdropping.” Granby’s snarl met her ears. 

“Who knows what else you were sketching,” Blythe said mischievously. “I’d like to take a look.”

She immediately hid her notebook within the folds of her skirts. “I’m not certain,” Romy snapped back, embarrassed to having been caught looking at Granby and having Blythe take notice, “there was anything of merit for me to overhear. If you must know—”

“Oh, I must.” Granby drawled. 

“If you must know,” she imitated in a mockery of Granby, “I was struck dumb at the sight of the duke’s coat.”

“My coat?” The dark eyes narrowed blasting her with dislike. 

“Yes, Your Grace.” She nodded as if truly at odds with what she was about to relay to him. “I noticed the length is incorrect. Two inches longer would be much more in line with what is deemed fashionable.”

 Granby’s massive shoulders stiffened. One gloved hand tugged at his collar though she hadn’t said a word about his cravat. Yet.

 “She may have a point, Gran,” Blythe added helpfully looking between his coat and Granby’s. “I think I mentioned—”

“I do not,” Granby interrupted Blythe, all his attention firmly on Romy, “take fashion advice from a woman who has the poor sense to come to a party dressed as a shrub.”

Romy sucked in her breath. Her costume was lovely. She was a dryad. A tree nymph. It was true that very few saw the vision of her costume today, guessing somewhat correctly she was a tree of some sort but she certainly, emphatically, did not look like a shrub. Granby himself was a mountain masquerading as a duke. 

“I am a tree nymph, Your Grace.” Romy stated with determination.

 “I beg to differ.” The dark eyes ran down her body. “You look like a shrub. All you need is a bit of red and I’d mistake you for a holly.” 

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About Kathleen Ayers

Kathleen Ayers has been a hopeful romantic since the tender age of fourteen when she first

purchased a copy of Sweet Savage Love at a garage sale while her mother was looking at

antique animal planters. Since then she’s read hundreds of historical romances and fallen in

love dozens of times. In particular, she adores handsome, slightly damaged men with a wicked

sense of humor. On paper, of course.

Kathleen lives in Houston and is married with one college-aged son and two very spoiled dogs.

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Release Blitz: A Study In Seduction by Nina Lane

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Release Blitz: A Study In Seduction by Nina Lane

RELEASE BLITZ

Title: A Study in Seduction

Series: Daring Hearts #1

Author: Nina Lane

Genre: Victorian Historical Romance

Release Date: March 24, 2021

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A heart divided and a love unequaled…

The lovely Lydia Kellaway can solve the most complex puzzles. The one challenge she can’t top? Managing the most infuriating man she’s ever met.

Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, has purchased a one-of-a-kind locket from a pawnshop, unaware of the priceless sentiment it holds for Lydia. If he were a gentleman, he would simply return it to her. But Alexander is curious to see just how bold this brilliant beauty will be.

What began as a playful wager quickly escalates. As their sizzling attraction grows, even Lydia can’t account for the feelings Alexander arouses in her with his smile or the fire he ignites with his touch. But when a dark family secret is suddenly thrown into the equation, it just might divide them forever.

* An earlier edition of this book was published under the name Nina Rowan by Grand Central Publishing.

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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Series Cover Reveal: The Daring Hearts Series by Nina Lane

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Series: The Daring Hearts Series
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

#1 A Study in Seduction – Releasing March 24

A heart divided and a love unequaled…

The lovely Lydia Kellaway can solve the most complex puzzles. The one challenge she can’t top? Managing the most infuriating man she’s ever met.

Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, has purchased a one-of-a-kind locket from a pawnshop, unaware of the priceless sentiment it holds for Lydia. If he were a gentleman, he would simply return it to her. But Alexander is curious to see just how bold this brilliant beauty will be.

What began as a playful wager quickly escalates. As their sizzling attraction grows, even Lydia can’t account for the feelings Alexander arouses in her with his smile or the fire he ignites with his touch. But when a dark family secret is suddenly thrown into the equation, it just might divide them forever.

* An earlier edition of this book was published under the name Nina Rowan by Grand Central Publishing.

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#2 A Passion for Pleasure – Releasing April 7

A marriage of convenience ignites both passion and risk…

A brilliant pianist and notorious rake, Sebastian Hall indulges his passion for music and women with equal aplomb. But now that his elder brother has married, his father insists he pursue a respectable path and find a suitable wife.

As a girl, Clara Whitmore quietly loved her piano teacher from afar. Yet her youthful crush cannot compare to the powerful desire she feels when she unexpectedly encounters Sebastian again. Could the man who once dominated her dreams become the husband she hopes for…and save her from the fate she most fears?

* An earlier edition of this book was published under the name Nina Rowan by Grand Central Publishing.

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#3 A Dream of Desire – Releasing April 21

He is the only man she has ever loved…

For most of her life, Lady Tasha Hall has wished for the dashing James Forester to take her in his arms and kiss her with unrestrained passion. But when she finally takes drastic measures to make James see her as more than his best friend’s little sister, her plan goes terribly awry.

Seeking adventure halfway around the world, James can’t stop thinking of the beautiful Tasha…or her brazen kiss. And when he learns that her reform work has thrown her into the path of danger, nothing can keep him from returning to London to protect her.

But a broken heart is not easily put back together. Will Tasha and James learn that trusting in love is the greatest adventure of all?

* An earlier edition of this book was published under the name Nina Rowan by Grand Central Publishing.

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she’s that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

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Release and Excerpt Tour: The Spinster and the Rake by Eva Devon

Release and Excerpt Tour: The Spinster and the Rake by Eva Devon

The marriage game is afoot in this clever blend of My Fair Lady meets Pride and Prejudice with a twist!

Edward Stanhope, the icy Duke of Thornfield, likes his life in a certain order. Give him a strong drink, a good book, and his dog for company, and he’s content. But when he goes to his library and finds a woman sitting in his chair, petting his dog, what starts as a request for her to leave quickly turns to a fiery battle of wits, leading to a steamy kiss that could ruin them both if they were caught.

So of course, damn it all, that’s when Edward’s aunt walks in, and thereafter announces Miss Georgiana Bly is the future Duchess of Thornfield.

Georgiana was content to be a spinster, spending her days reading and working to keep her family out of debt. But now her days are spent locked away with a growly duke, learning how to be the perfect duchess, and her nights spent fighting the undeniable attraction to a man who was never meant for her.

As their wedding day approaches, the attraction between them burns hot and fierce, but is it enough to melt the duke’s chilly facade?

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Excerpted from The Spinster and the Rake, by Eva Devon. Entangled Publishing, 2021. Reprinted with permission.

Something terrible and incredible had overcome Miss Georgiana Bly.

She stood staring up at this massive man, totally unafraid, absolutely furious, and stunned because there was something about him that made it impossible for her to either give in to his order to leave, or to behave as she normally would.

He had done something to her.

Something had made her feel absolutely compelled to keep her spot in this room and not go back to face the glittering company.

Who did he think he was, ordering her about? She was tired of being told what to do.

From her mother, to her father, to her oldest sister, to her aunts, everyone seemed to think they knew exactly what was best for her. And, truthfully, she felt certain the only person who really did know what was best was herself. She was willing to listen to others, of course, and she’d often tried to take the advice to be more successful in company. But time and time again, she’d fallen short.

And though the ruggedly beautiful giant of a man was insisting she go back into the elegant masses, she had no place in that ballroom upstairs. Oh, her family had been invited, a rare opportunity for the Blys, who were genteel but only just. No doubt her eldest sister, Elizabeth, was thriving. She was an excellent conversationalist and admired wherever she went, but Georgiana?

Georgiana had a tendency to walk into potted plants or servants bearing wine, and her propensity for saying the wrong thing had become the stuff of legend in her house. She still had not lived down the episode with Lady Farthington and her unfortunate comments about the lady’s wig.

She’d learned this the hard way more than once. Despite the fact that she occasionally wished she was a swan sailing gracefully through society’s waters, she was, in fact, a practical duck of a person. And she wished her family would come to that same conclusion, so they would stop trying to make her something she could never be.

She wasn’t meant for the complicated demands of balls. She was meant for small libraries, such as the one she was standing in now, which was why she was not willing to go.

The ballroom was the worst possible place for someone like her and she was not about to let the threat of a kiss convince her to leave the safety of this nook.

When the beautiful, overbearing man had told her she needed to leave or be kissed, she had chosen to be kissed because he had to be bluffing. What sort of man did that, anyway? Stride into a room, bark orders, and then kiss one?

It didn’t seem to match anything she’d read in novels or seen in public life. So, even when he wrapped his massive arms about her, she still was not entirely convinced anything more would happen.

The cad was just trying to make her run.

Well, she wouldn’t run. She was not that sort of girl. And when she drew in the masculine scent of him, she ignored the thrilling of her body.

All would be fine. She wasn’t the slightest bit afraid. It mattered not that he towered over her and his shoulders had the sort of breadth to them that a Corinthian column possessed. He wasn’t the least bit frightening. Was he alluring? Yes. In fact, his lips were most interesting and she wondered what effect they might cause upon her own, for she had read of the pleasurable effects of kissing…

No, no, she truly didn’t desire to be kissed by him. It was all just a tactic on her part to call his jest. Such a girl as herself would never wish such a thing. But as she tilted her head back, gazed up at his remarkably sinewy person and eyes as dark as sin, she found it incredibly difficult to breathe.

Cover Reveal: Glitter by Abbi Glines

Cover Reveal: Glitter by Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is excited to announce her next book release, Glitter, a Historical Fiction Romance coming this Spring!

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Title: Glitter

Author: Abbi Glines

Genre: Regency Romance

Release Day: TBA

Cover Designer:  https://damonza.com

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Lies, Deceit, Vengeance, Desire, and Hate…

wrapped up in a façade of all that sparkles and shines.

A pretty face, a fetching smile, a fabulous gown, a flutter of lashes at just the right moment – Miriam had been taught she must do all these things to land a wealthy husband. Much preferring the company of books to people, the only thing that stopped Miriam from fleeing to the countryside was her younger sister – who was counting on Miriam to make a match that would ensure she could care for her mother and sister properly.

He knew his duty to his title and he would do as was necessary.

Although Hugh Compton, Earl of Ashington, hadn’t wanted his father’s title at the age of nine and twenty, he gained it two years ago when his father died unexpectedly. The only good that had come of that was Hugh had been able to move his father’s wife to the dowager house.

Now it was time to marry. 

Many disliked the arrogant Earl of Ashington but none so much as his brother. 

After his mother was sent off as if she were trash to be disposed of, Nathaniel swore he’d even the score. With the intent of charming the boring Lydia Ramsbury right out of his brother’s arms, Nathaniel discovered it was a new face that had captured his brother’s attention – a one Miss Miriam Bathurst. 

Vengeance had never looked so sweet

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4872191Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

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New Year. New Reading Challenge.

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It’s that time of year again! As you know, there is nothing more that I love then challenging myself when it comes to the books I read. Whether it’s a new author, series, a genre that takes me out of my comfort zone or being able to tackle some books that have been on my tbr for far too long; I live for a good reading challenge. The past few years, I stepped up my game not only with the books that I read, but also by attempting to clear out that never ending to-read list. As always, my challenges have been hard, but a ton of fun at the same time. 

For 2021’s Reading Challenge, I really wanted to once again challenge myself and kick my never-ending to-read list’s butt!! And I am more than ready for the challenge……

  • Re-Read a Favorite Book
  • A Book by an Author New to Me
  • 2 Contemporary Romances
  • 2 New Adult Romances
  • A Biker Romance
  • 2 Paranormal/Fantasy Romances
  • A Sports Romance
  • A Romantic Comedy
  • A Book Chosen For Its Cover
  • Accidental Pregnanacy Troupe
  • Older Brother’s Best Friend Troupe
  • Holiday Romance (Any Holiday)
  • A Forbidden Romance
  • A Billionaire Romance
  • Bad Boy Romance
  • A Workplace Romance
  • Fake Relationship Troupe
  • Favorite Troupe
  • Book with a Red Cover
  • 10 Books on my TBR
  • 6 New Releases
  • A Troupe I haven’t read in 12 months
  • A Rockstar Romance
  • A Non Romance Book
  • A Classic Novel
  • A Book Picked By A Friend
  • A Dark/Taboo Romance
  • A Historical Romance
  • Fairytale Re-telling Troupe
  • A YA Book
  • Enemies to Lovers Troupe
  • A Book that will make you Ugly Cry
  • Age-Gap Troupe
  • Friends to Lovers Troupe
  • Book with a Blue Cover
  • Mystery/ Thriller
  • 3 Duets
  • A Mafia Romance
  • 3 Novellas
  • 3 Sweet Romances
  • 2 Romantic Suspense Novels
  • A Book with a Cowboy on the Cover
  • A Book where one of the Main Characters is/was in the Military
  • 2 Small Town Romances
  • A Book where one of the Main Characters is a First Responder
  • A Second Chance Romance
  • Dystopian/Science Fiction
  • A Book with a Yellow Cover
  • Insta-Love Troupe
  • A Book with a Bearded Man on the Cover
  • A Fighter/MMA Romance
  • A Trilogy
  • Finish a series I Started
  • Bully Romance Troupe
  • Read one series
  • 2 Box Sets of books
  • A stand-alone Romance
  • Beach Read Troupe
  • 4 Books I own per month

Do you enjoy reading challenges? Share with me in the comments below, your 2021 Reading Challenge!

Year in Review: 2020 Reading Challenge!

Each year, I try to create a reading challenge that’s not only fun and challenging but also realistic. This year, I set the bar pretty high, and couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ve read over 90 books for this challenge, 36 of those being books that have sat on my kindle for far too long. I’ve discovered a lot of new authors and exciting books in 2020 and can not wait to see what next years challenge will bring.

Here are the books that made my 2020 Reading Challenge a success:

  • A Book by an author who is new to me: Let’s get textual Teagan Hunter
  • A Contemporary: Pretend You’re Mine by Lucy Score
  • A NA Read: Break You by MV Ellis
  • A Biker Novel: One Hundred & Thirty-Six Scars by Amo Jones
  • A stand-alone Novel: The Biker and the Thief by Kate McCarthy
  • A Paranormal: Kiss of Vengeance by S. Young
  • 2 New Releases: Finding Him by RVD, Once A Myth by Pepper Winters
  • A Sports Romance: The Rivalry by Nikki Sloan
  • 2 books that have been on my TBR forever: Tap Left by A Zavarelli,  The Marriage Pact by Winter Renshaw
  • A Romantic Comedy: Bossman Bridegroom by Meghan Quinn
  • A Book from your Favorite Troupe: Protecting Piper by Cynthia Eden
  • A Book Chosen for its Cover: Echoes of Time by Calia Reed
  • A troupe you haven’t read in 12 months: The Other Woman by Sadie Jones
  • A Rock Star Romance: Rock by JA Huss
  • A Non Romance Book: A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
  • A Classic Novel: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 
  • A book with a Man with Tattoos on the cover: The Bad Boy Arrangement by Nora Flite
  • A Book Picked by a Friend: Fear Me by BB Reid
  • 2 Books on your TBR: Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins, Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright
  • 2 New Releases: Liar by Fiona Cole, Now or Never by Stella Rhys
  • An Audiobook: Sweet Filthy Morning After by Christina Lauren
  • Dark/Taboo Romance: Credence by Penelope Douglas , 15 by Lana Sky
  • Historical Romance: The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
  • Favorite Troupe: That Night by KI Lynn
  • Read a Duet: The Devil’s Contract & The Sinner’s Bargain by Claire Contreras
  • Fairy Tale Retelling: Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli
  • A YA Book: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  • A Fighter/MMA Book:- In Your Corner by Sara Castille
  • A Contemporary Book with a Second Chance Romance: Breathing Wisteria by Amali Rose
  • A Contemporary Book with Enemies to Lovers Troupe: Then You Happened by K. Bromberg
  • A Book that will make you Ugly Cry: The Other Side Kim Holden
  • A Book with a Dog included on the Cover: The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • A Book with an Age Gap Troupe: The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle
  • A Book with Friends to Lovers Troupe: Down on Me by J. Kenner
  • 1 trilogy: Violent Delights, Violent Triumphs, and Violent Ends by Jessica Hawkins
  • 2 box sets of Books: Ashes & Embers Series Collection  by Carian Cole, The Evolution of Sin by Giana Darling
  • Finish a series that I started: Dollar Series by Pepper Winters
  • Bully Romance Troupe: Break Filthy Rich Boys by CM Stunich
  • 2 Duets: Both of Me & Both of Us by Amber Kelly, Whatever It Takes & Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  • Mafia Romance: Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly
  • 2 Novellas: Loving Storm by Carian Cole, Dream of You by JLA
  • 2 Sweet Romances: Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates, Love Walks In by Nina Lindsey
  • A Suspense Novel: Broken With You by J. Kenner
  • Read one series: Seaside Series by Rachel Van Dyken

3 Books on my TBR each month:

The Sea of Lost Things by Kelly St-Laurent, Justified by Jay Crownover, The Assistant by Marni Mann, Half Truths by Claire Contreras, Complicated Love by Krisitn Mayer, Rush by Kandi Steiner, Tears of Ink by Anna Bloom, A Single Glance by Willow Winters, One Little Lie by Whitney Barbetti, Seducing The Billionaires Wife by Marquita Valentine, Beautiful Lies by Emery Rose, Something Wicked by Teresa Mummert, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves, Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts, Sinner by Sierra Simone, Where You Can Find Me by Fiona Cole, Monster by Jessica Gadziala, Something So Right by Natasha Madison, The Story of US by Molly Okeef, Pretty Little Player by J. Kenner, Scarlet Stone by Jewel E Ann, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood, Intention by Ava Harrison, True by Erin McCarthy, Silk Volume One KM Scott, Shame by Rachel Van Dyken, The Wrong Kind Of Love by Lexi Ryan, Dirty Reckless Love by Lexi Ryan, Wrapped in Love by Lexi Ryan, Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy, His Wasted Words by Monica Murphy, Damaged Hearts by Monica Murphy, To Professor With Love Linda Kage, Be My Hero Linda Kage, and With Every Heartbeat Linda Kage.

Have you completed your 2020 Reading Challenge? Share some of your 2020 challenge books in the comments below!

Exclusive Excerpt: Her Wicked Marquess by Stacy Reid

Exclusive Excerpt: Her Wicked Marquess by Stacy Reid

Miss Maryann FitzWilliam is too witty and bookish for her own good. No gentleman of the ton will marry her, so her parents arrange for her to wed a man old enough to be her father. But Maryann is ready to use those wits to turn herself into a sinful wallflower.

When the scandal sheet reports a sighting of Nicolas Ives climbing out the chamber windows of a house party, Maryann does the unthinkable. She anonymously claims that the bedchamber belonged to none other than Miss FitzWilliam, tarnishing her own reputation—and chances of the dastardly union her family secured for her. Now she just needs to convince the marquess to keep his silence.

Nicholas Ives, Marquess of Rothbury has purposefully cultivated a reputation as the most ruthless, unprincipled libertine, all so he can slip beneath the guards of those whose vile actions caused him to lose the only girl he’s ever loved. Despite his intrigue, Nicolas is determined to ignore the deceitful and enticing Miss FitzWilliam. However, his enemies are drawing close, and he soon discovers he must keep her closer to protect her. Nonetheless, she rouses a soul-burning passion within him, causing him to question who will protect her from his devilish wiles.

EXCERPT

Maryann couldn’t credit that Nicolas St. Ives would be this outrageous! Her mama had not invited him to tonight’s ball, yet here he was, descending the wide staircase from the upper bowers, confidently striding, casting sardonic glances at debutantes, and with a sensual smirk about his mouth, declaring him every inch the rake society bemoaned.

He was considered improper, disreputable, and was even whispered by some to be cunning. He was also appallingly handsome, and many ladies who should have known better flirted with him shamelessly. He clearly did not give a fig what society thought about him, a thing Maryann had come to believe, since the scandal sheets reported on his exploits weekly.

“Is it really him?” a young debutante asked. “Oh my, he is terribly handsome.”

Her friends dissolved into giggles and drew her away, as if they were saving their fair gazelle from the lion drawing closer. The man seemed sublimely unaware of his masculine beauty and the stir he caused whenever he entered a room. His expression was insouciant; she could not conclude what kind of man he was.

A few gentlemen of the ton were vain about their appearance to the point of being rather excessive. And it seemed Nicolas St. Ives was one of them, dressed in black trousers and jacket, with a bright golden waistcoat and a matching cravat. A cravat pin studded with a large diamond winked at his throat, and his hair seemed carelessly styled, yet curled at his nape and on his forehead perfectly.

The rakehell! How dare he crash her mother’s ball?

The twitter of excitement that went through the throng echoed in Maryann’s veins, and she scowled. Mama would curse his name tomorrow, but the scandal sheets would celebrate his wicked daring, the debutantes would excitedly trade stories about how close their gowns had brushed against the lord the scandal sheets referred to as “the daring and the wicked.” And perhaps a few married ladies and widows would share among themselves some delightful and naughty things they suggested having done with him.

Maryann silently snorted, thinking it all ridiculous. Yet she couldn’t help staring at him, couldn’t help the manner in how her heart ached, yet she didn’t know what she longed for. Certainly anything in regard to a notorious rake could only lead to inevitable disgrace.

Excerpted from Her Wicked Marquess, by Stacy Reid. Entangled Publishing, 2020. Reprinted with permission.

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Review: All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know #2) by Kerrigan Byrne

They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees…

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who’s made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London’s most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he’s ever met.

IN THIS GAME OF LOVE, THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

Cecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor from her mother’s scandalous past swept into her life. Sent to prestigious boarding school and later to university, Cecelia believed high society was at her fingertips…Then, from out of nowhere, she became the inheritor of a gambling establishment. Now Cecelia must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hell owner trying to save her business from the very same man. He has no idea she is both women…and Cecelia would like to keep it that way. But what happens when consuming passion and escalating danger threaten to reveal the truth?

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MY REVIEW

All Scot and Bothered is the second book in the Devil You Know Series and it follows the story of Cecilia and Ramsay. Ramsay is known for his ruthless cunning. He can turn on the charm at a moment’s notice and likes to be number one in all things. As the Chief Justice of the High Court, he never expected that his next mission would turn his world upside down….Cecilia’s life has been anything but easy. Her future looked dire until a secret benefactor came into the picture. Suddenly Cecilia finds herself in a life she never expected. She’s is forced to live two lives: one as a proper, respectable lady, and the other as the owner of a gaming establishment. She’s intrigued by Lord Ramsay but doesn’t know how long she keeps up with her two lives. Only time will tell what will happen when truths and secrets are revealed…

Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read. I will be the first to admit that it did take me some time to get into the plot, but once I did, I was hooked. The plot of this story is complex and has a lot of moving pieces. I really enjoyed Cecilia and Ramsay together. They were total opposites and rocked the perfect enemies to lovers’ vibe. They kept me intrigued and coming back for more. I wasn’t sure if I was going to love Ramsay, but what can I say, I have a thing for the “anti” hero of the story.

All Scot and Bothered thrilled me and intrigued me. This story was everything I was looking for and had just the right amount of danger and romance with some delicious angst and twists that I didn’t see coming. The only complaint I have about this story is that I found the ending somewhat lacking. It felt a bit abrupt and wishing that we were given just a little more.

When it’s all said and done, All Scot and Bothered was a terrific read to spend my evening getting swept up in. I easily finished this book in a single sitting and I look forward to seeing what adventure lies ahead for us readers in the next book!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Blog Tour: Last Train To Key West by Chanel Cleeton

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About THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST by Chanel Cleeton

In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s captivating new novel.

     Everyone journeys to Key West searching for something. For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.

The Cuban Revolution of 1933 left Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position. After an arranged wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to the stranger she’s married, her new husband’s illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.

Elizabeth Preston’s trip from New York to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles as a result of the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.

Over the course of the holiday weekend, the women’s paths cross unexpectedly, and the danger swirling around them is matched only by the terrifying force of the deadly storm threatening the Keys.

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About the Author

Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London, and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.