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Review: A Farewell Kiss L. G. Rollins

A Farewell Kiss L. G. Rollins
A Lockhart Sweet Regency Romance
Regency Romance
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Synopsis
She loves him. Which is why he can never know the truth, even if it means saying good bye.

Quintin Lockhart has been in love with Esther since they were children. After an extended trip to India, she’s finally back on English soil. But it becomes painfully obvious after their first meeting that Esther isn’t ready to fall into his waiting arms.

Esther Collingwood’s trip abroad was not at all the lovely adventure she’d been hoping for. Backed into a corner one fateful night, Esther saved herself the only way she could, sacrificing another woman’s happiness in the process. Unable to forgive herself, Esther determines she doesn’t deserve her own happily ever after.

Struggling to understand the change he sees in Esther, Quintin tries desperately to show her that he still cares. But Esther, drowning in heavy shame, refuses to listen to her own heart. When all that happened in India comes to light, will Esther be able to work through the darkness inside herself and find happiness with Quintin once more?

What I thought
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Quintin is the third son in the Lockhart family and his father gave him an estate that he could run that would be separate from his brothers holding. Unfortunately, the estate was mismanaged for years before Quintin took it over and as a result, he has been barely turning a profit, which is better than the state it was in when he took it over 4 years ago. Which is not the best place to be in when you want to ask for the hand of your childhood sweetheart.

One thing that I have realized is that the Lockhart boys have a tendency to find women that are wonderful and smart and very underappreciated by their families. Which makes me adore them even more. Quintin is my favorite out of all of the Lockhart siblings and has been since he first made his appearance. There is just something about him that makes my heart melt. He is sweet with such a kind heart and from the first book he has not wavered in his devotion to Esther. Even though she has been away with her family in India for the last two years. Quintin’s goal has been to make a place that she would be happy to call home.

As much as this story is about Quintin it is also about Esther discovering that we are not the sum of our bad judgment. This is a story about self-forgiveness and healing. In a lot of ways, this is a story that I know a lot of us need at times. We can be our own worst enemy, but never are we too far gone that we can not be forgiven, but we have to learn to forgive ourselves first.

Not only is this book meaningful but it made me feel all the feelings I loved it. I could not put it down and I finished it in one day.

There is one more sibling to go and I can not wait to get her story!

My Rating: /5

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Review: A Heart In The Balance by L.G. Rollins

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A Heart in the Balance
A Heart In The Balance
by L.G. Rollins
Lockhart  #3
Regency Romance
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Lady Cassandra Lockhart is determined no one will taint the night her brother announces his engagement—not gossipy ladies nor backhanded Peers. When she sees a gentleman slip from the ballroom, Cassandra assumes the worst; he is off to rendezvous with a young lady. Such would surely spell disaster for the night. Certain she alone can protect her family’s good name, Cassandra hurries to stop him.

Lord Nigel Southcott is nervous over meeting his informant tonight. Still, at the predestined hour he slips from the ballroom and out toward the trees and shadows. Only too late, he realizes it’s a trap set by the infamous Le Renard. Equally as surprising is the beautiful stranger who comes to his aid.

To protect Nigel, Cassandra agrees to keep him hidden, knowing full well that doing so puts herself in danger of gossipmongers and French spies alike. Her reputation is on the line, and his very life—yet between the secrets and stratagem, a connection forms. Le Renard, though, is not willing to give up his prey so easily. Will Nigel and Cassandra’s wit and blossoming love be enough to save them? Or will the growing subterfuge swallow them both?

What I thought
This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I am in love with this author’s writing, it just pulls me in every time.  I had such a hard time putting this book down. This is the third installment of the Lockhart Regency Romance series.  This series follows the Lockhart siblings (there are 5).  Each book builds on the last but they can be read as standalone; however, I would suggest that you start with the first one.

This book is Cassandra’s story and I loved watching all the sass the back and forth between Nigel and Cassandra.  I am not sure who’s POV I enjoyed more. This book was everything that I was hoping for and so much more.

These are wonderful proper romance books and just what I needed during this time.  I am so excited to read the next story and cannot wait for it to come out.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Review: Lily for My Enemy by L.G. Rollins

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A Lily for my Enemy
Lily for My Enemy
by L.G. Rollins
(Lockhart #2)
Regency Romance
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Synopsis
He’s from Lords. She sides with Commons.
Watch out London, sparks will fly.

Felix Lockhart is tired of balls, tired of musicales, and most especially tired of society only seeing him as the heir apparent to a powerful seat in Lords. Then, one evening he meets the witty Jocelyn Hunt—perhaps the only young lady in London who isn’t impressed with him.

Jocelyn Hunt will never hold a seat in the House of Commons herself, but she is no less an ardent supporter. When she meets the brooding Felix Lockhart, she is determined he understand that the House of Lords simply cannot continue to ignore the changing times.

Though they quarrel at first, both Felix and Jocelyn find themselves irresistibly drawn toward the other. But when their roles as heir apparent and daughter of a prominent man in Commons push them apart, can their undeniable connection be enough to bridge two groups determined to hate one another?

What I thought
This book was received from the Author/Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I loved this story and I finished it in two days.  Even though this is the second book in the Lockhart series it can be read as a stand-alone. So far it appears that each book will focus on a different sibling in the Lockhart family.  This is A Proper Romance novel.

I really liked how this book wasn’t just about how the Lady wanted to be loved for more than her dowery or advantage of her family but how the Lord wanted to be more than his title.  I love a good enemy’s to lovers story and watching this unlikely pair come together and helping each other grow was just amazing.  I enjoy each interaction we get with the members of this family.

The epilogue sets up for the next book in this series and I can not wait for it.  I can’t help but wonder if one of the loose ends in this book will be tied up in the next.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Review: Stolen Bloodlines by L.G. Rollins

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Stolen Bloodline
Stolen Bloodlines
by L.G. Rollins
(Steam and Shadow #4)
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Synopsis
The heritage she never knew was hers. The future he never believed could be.

Jasper Wimple’s art is gaining popularity and life is falling into place for him at last. After meeting the Ambassador from China, a relationship that could propel him forward, Jasper’s street smarts tell him to steer clear of the man. But nothing could have prepared Jasper for a ghostly visit from one of the ambassador’s murdered victims, or taught him what to do when the ghost demands Jasper help protect his surviving wife and daughter.

Ju is done mourning a father she never knew for the entirety of Ghost Month, despite her mother’s insistence that they continue the tradition. Instead, Ju focuses on her upcoming audition—her one chance to enter London’s most prestigious dance school.

But then her mother’s life is threatened, and Ju sets everything else aside. Working together as new friends and unexpected allies, Jasper and Ju struggle to protect Ju’s mother and each other. With their own lives, the lives of those they care most about, and a budding romance all on the line, will they bring one of the most powerful men in England to justice before he silences them for good?

What I thought
This is the fourth book in the Steam and Shadow Series, however, all of these books can be read as stand-alones. This book picks up  3 months after Clockwork Image. I was so happy that we get a book about Jasper I really liked his character so much in Clockwork Image!  This book happens in a little over a month. 

I really liked this book once I started reading it I did not want to stop.  This book definitely had enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.  I liked Ju and how this story worked in Chinese culture the way it did.

If you like fantasy, steampunk, paranormal or some clean romance then you need to pick this book up.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Review: Clockwork Image L.G. Rollins

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Clockwork Image
Clockwork Image
L.G. Rollins
(Steam and Shadow #3)
Paranormal, Steampunk, Fantasy,
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Synopsis
Vandals and Vampires Beware:
Tressa won’t let anyone stand in her way. 

After years maintaining engines and repairing machines, Seawoman Tressa Wimple has come into a shockingly large sum of money. It only takes Tressa a single breath to decide what to do—she will donate it all to Westwood Orphanage, a home for children who are otherwise bound for the streets. They saved her and her brother many decades ago; now, she wants nothing more than to reach out a hand to the small and helpless of London.

All her plans are derailed, however, when a faceless adversary decries Westwood and claims that the orphanage is a front for something far darker; as dark as an alleyway where Tressa first rescues a boy from a vampire. With the help of her brother, Jasper, and the tall, alluring Brox, Tressa determines to get to the bottom of the claims and protect the children, regardless of the risks.

When all that is dark is forced into the light, Tressa must face her most combustible problem yet: her own past.

What I thought
Seawoman Tressa Wimple now in her 40’s finds herself back on land and having to face the demons of her past. Westwood Orphanage was a dark time in her life; however, it is also the only place that is willing to take children off the streets. Even though some people were held accountable for the things that happened to the children there Tressa still has issues being near the place. Tressa discovers that the children may still be being abused and to get to the bottom of it all she needs help from her brother and Brox.

Clockwork Image is a novella topping out at 127 pages, but not once did the story feel rushed.  The pacing was good from beginning to the end. One thing that they mention in the story and something that our main character recognizes is that everyone has different strengths. Oh, and did I mention the romance in this book is a slow burn. I won’t lie I wanted it to happen through the whole book.0

This may be the 3rd Shadow and Seam book but they are all standalones at least as of now. There is another one coming out on the 20th of August!

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Review: Waltz of the Crows by L.G. Rollins

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Waltz of the Crows
by L.G. Rollins
Steampunk,  Cozy Mystery, Romance
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Synopsis
Leila Hale’s orders are clear: impersonate a nurse, make contact with her fellow spy, and get London the information it needs without being caught or killed; or worse, tripping up so horribly her superiors deem her incompetent.

Samuel Rowley has returned to find his hometown disease-ridden, with many on the brink of madness. Not a man to sit back and merely hope for the best, he determines to explore every resource available until he finds a solution.

Together, Leila and Samuel sort out the relevant from the distractions and tease truth from lies. But as they uncover various secrets, it becomes evident that this insanity isn’t a disease at all, but a meticulously infiltrated poisoning; and the perpetrator has them in their sights.

When all is made known, will Leila and Samuel have enough wit and strength to save themselves, their future, and a town full of innocent victims?

Waltz of the Crows is Book 3 in the Steam and Shadow Series; all books in this series are stand-alone and can be read in any order. Waltz of the Crows is a Victorian Era Steampunk (think Woman in White but with cool gadgets) bundled up with a cozy mystery and sweet romance. Perfect for lovers of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder and Stephanie Garber’s Caraval.

What I thought
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was contacted by the author and asked if I wanted to read this book. I thought it sounded good so I thought I would give it a try. I won’t lie, guys, I went in with low expectations because I have not had the best luck lately with cool concept but not great delivery (yes more than one instance in a short period of time).  So believe me when I say that I loved this book I only put it down because I was falling asleep and then picked it right back up again as soon as I woke up.  I can’t remember the last time I was this invested in characters that I was holding my breath to see what was going to happen to them.

This was the perfect amount of steampunk, cozy mystery and romance I have found in a long time.  It blends them all together just right and I did not feel as if any one element overpowered the others.

If any of those elements interest you I would suggest you grab a copy of the book!

My Rating: /55 StarsFollow me on other platforms:
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