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Review: A Well-Kept Promise by L.G. Rollins

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A Well-Kept Promise by L.G. Rollins
(A Lockhart Sweet Regency Romance, #5)
Regency Romance
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Synopsis
It is a truth universally acknowledged that two conniving minds are better than one.

Lady Venetia Lockhart has one goal—to prove to her family she is healthy enough for the London Season next year. But between an inattentive family and unwanted suitors, Venetia finds herself struggling to just make it through the hunting season.

Edmund Dawkes, Marquess of Ashbrook has his eyes on the lovely Miss Weatherford. However, despite his best efforts, she doesn’t seem to notice him at all.

With Venetia wanting to avoid all attachments and Edmund seeking to make one, they strike up an instant friendship—and an instant scheme to help one another. After all, what could go wrong with a strategy involving a lady’s glove, a fake love letter, and a few secret conversations? However, when their actions only complicate already strained relationships, and a budding romance gets in the way, can Venetia and Edmund sort through the rubble of their carefully thought out plans and find their way to one another?

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.

We have reached the final story of the Lockhart siblings. This series wrapped up so wonderfully, I am very happy with how the entire series has come to an end. This is Venetia’s story and just like all of her siblings love does not come without its challenges. If I am completely honest Venetia was not my favorite of the Lockhart children; however, with this story I grew to like her very much, and of all of the love interests that the siblings have had I think I like Edmund the best. So it surprises me to say that I think that this is my favorite book in this series.

This book can be read as a standalone; however, I would suggest you read the series from the beginning.

You know when the writing is good in a book when you feel butterflies along with the characters. I find it amazing how invested the author can make you feel regarding these characters.

What may be my favorite thing about these characters is their strength. Both of our main characters have challenges that they have to overcome to live the lives they want.

My Rating: /5

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Waiting On Wednesday: A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.

This week I’ve chosen:

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore
(A League of Extraordinary Women #2)
Genre: Regency Romance
Expected Publication: September 1, 2029
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A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution – but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans…and her heart.

Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.

Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.

As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war… 

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Review: To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman

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To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman
Bow Street Bachelors #2
Regency Romance
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Synopsis
A case of secret identities finds reunited lovers on opposite sides of the law in this fun, flirty Regency romance.

There’s only one case Bow Street agent Alex Harland, Earl of Melton, hasn’t cracked: the identity of the mysterious woman who stole a kiss from him before he left for war. He’s neither forgotten–nor forgiven–her for leaving him wanting. When he starts investigating the Nightjar, an elusive London jewel thief, he keeps running into the alluring Emmy Danvers, who stirs feelings he hasn’t felt in years.

Even though Emmy’s loved Alex for years, she can’t risk revealing her heart, or her identity as the Nightjar. With Alex on her case, Emmy knows that her secrets are in danger of being discovered. Their cat and mouse game heats up with every interaction, but when Emmy’s reputation–and life–is at risk, will Alex realize that some rules are made to be broken for love?

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

I loved the first installment of this series, and I couldn’t wait for this one to come out. I was not disappointed. I read all but 30 pages of this book in one day. This book can be read as a stand-alone even though it is the second book in the Bow Street Bachelors series. So don’t let the fact that its the second book stop you from reading it.

I want to say that this is more of a second chance romance than enemies to lovers romance. I enjoy both but I wanted to put that out there just in case you pick this up thinking it is one thing and then being disappointed.

Alex Hartland a second son and an Earl in his own right occasionally handles difficult cases for Bow Street. Emmy has been forced to take up the mantle to the Nightjar due to her family being blackmailed. All Emmy wants is to find someone that knows her secrets and can still love her. Everything is against these two opposites coming together.

I enjoyed the cat and mouse chase that happens in this story. Emmy just can help herself from pushing his buttons. And even though Hartland knows that she is the Nightjar he just can’t bring himself to end the game. I really enjoyed watching the back and forth between these two.

If you are looking for a fun historical romance then you should give this one a try.

My Rating: /5

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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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Synopsis
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: Lusus Naturae: A Lord Carlston Story by Alison Goodman

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Lusus Naturae A Lord Carlston Story
Lusus Naturae: A Lord Carlston Story
by Alison Goodman
(Lady Helen #1.5)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Regency
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Synopsis
This novella is from Lord Carlston’s perspective and starts at the point in The Dark Days Club when he and Lady Helen meet for the first time.

What I thought
I didn’t know this existed until I was looking up my list of series I want to work on this year. I was so excited to find it and even better, it was free. This novella is from Lord Carlston’s perspective and starts at the point in The Dark Days Club when he and Lady Helen meet for the first time. I really enjoyed seeing the same interaction from his point of view.

Reading this short story reminded me how much I enjoyed the first book and now I really need to pick up the next one.

My Rating: /5

5 Stars

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