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Review: The Determined Miss Rachel by Laura Rollins

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The Determined Miss Rachel by Laura Rollins
(Daughters of Courage #2)
Regency Romance

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Synopsis
She wants nothing more than to leave.
He wants nothing more than for her to stay.

Change may be the only constant in life, but for Rachel Chant change has only ever meant loss. First her father passed, then she was forced to leave her mother, and now she has even lost her home. Enough is enough and Rachel determines to find a way to be with her mother once again. She is no longer a little girl, dependent on those charged with her care, and she won’t stand by while her mother slips beyond reputable society and further into poverty.

Christopher Dunn has always lived among the comforts of high society, but never as a true member. The son of a musician and now a tutor, he has long since given up on having a home or family. Change and disruption are a way of life for him. He’s a man without roots, and he’s fine with that. That is, until he meets Rachel.

Steady in the face of uncertainty and with a love of music that runs as deep as his own, Rachel first captures Christopher’s interest and soon afterward his heart. However, Rachel’s determination to return home won’t let her rest. But to return home would be to leave Christopher. Life, it seems, is not yet done taking away those she loves, and this time it just might be more than either of them can endure.

As the second stand-alone novel in a new series by author Laura Rollins, The Determined Miss Rachel continues the Daughters of Courage series. This charming story is a light-hearted, clean and wholesome romance set in the Regency era (think: a clean Bridgerton). All books in this series have their own Happily-Ever-After and can be read apart or enjoyed in proper order.

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

Laura Rollins does not disappoint.  This is book 2 in the Daughters of Courage series.  These books are Proper Regency Romance books, which means they are clean romance books.  These books can be read as stand-alones or in order. Personally I suggest that you read them in order since they are a continued story just focused on different characters.  I loved book 1 in this series The Audacious Miss Eliza and really did not think that this book was going to top it. You can find my review here if you are interested.

To be honest I liked the character of Rachel in the first book, however, I was not sure how I was going to feel about a whole book dedicated to her.  Well I will be surprised if any of the other books in this series tops this one for me.  Rachel is focused on one thing and one thing only, finding out if her mother is okay.  Rachel’s uncle keeps telling her that her mother is fine and that she should be focusing on her season, however, that is the last thing that Rachel wants to do.  

I really liked how early on in the story Fitzwilliam and Rachel discover that they do not “fit” well and decide to become friends even though they know that the goal of their families is for them to become a match.  The ending and what Fitzwilliam does is just perfect.  I really want to know more about him in the future.  

Christopher is such a loveable person and whether titled or not I wanted the absolute best for him.  He and Rachel were just perfect for each other and I think that everyone could see that.  I want to gush so much, however I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone.  There are so many cute scenes.  

When it comes to happily-ever-afters this has got to be one of my favorite endings.  All loose ends (some that you may not have even realized) were all tied up perfectly.  I really can not wait for the third book to come out in October!

My Rating: /5

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Review: The Audacious Miss Eliza by Laura Rollins

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The Audacious Miss Eliza by Laura Rollins
(Daughters of Courage #1)
Regency Romance, Clean Romance

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Synopsis
As it turns out, a London Season is the worst place to find love.

Eliza Mulgrave never expected to make her bows to society. Yet here she is, dancing at Almacks and riding through Hyde Park. It would be perfectly delightful if it weren’t for the whispers and scornful glances. She certainly never sought to quit her place in society as a tradesman’s daughter. At least then she had known who she was and how to act; now, she’s completely lost.

Adam Lambert has been raised to be a viscount and though the time has come sooner than expected he is confident stepping into this new life. Until he meets his Father’s best kept secret—a little girl. And now she’s Adam’s responsibility. Surely someone ought to have told him about her before now.

After stumbling through an initial meeting, Adam and Eliza both find in the other what they most need this Season—a sincere friend. But society is not often willing to grant two people room to learn for themselves who to be, or who to love.

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

There has not been a book that this author has written that I have not enjoyed. I am not biased I just really love her writing and I am thankful to be on her street team.

This is the first book in the Daughters of Courage series. This series will have four books in it and I can not wait for them to come out. These books are Clean Regency Romance, which means that there is no smut. I prefer these romance books so these are always a huge win for me. These books can be read as stand-alone novels.

In this story, we follow the Mulgrave family who lives comfortably in the country. They are not a family in the ton, however, due to their father saving Lady Blackmore from bandits and being knighted for it, they are not thrown into society to find husbands befitting their new station. The issue is that they were not raised to “perform” on the marriage mart and have only a short time to learn how to weave in and out of it. Eliza has a hard time with all of it, however, she is able to make some wonderful friends along the way.

I adored Adam Lambert in this story he was such a good friend to the Mulgraves and he preferred that Eliza did not act like all of the ladies of the ton. He supported that she be herself and when she took up for someone, which angered one of the mamas, he liked her the more for it.

I loved the interactions between Eliza and Adam they are truly kind souls and are perfect for each other. I enjoyed this book so much that I found it hard to put down. I encourage anyone who enjoys Clean Romances to pick this one up.

My Rating: /5

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Review: The Moria Pearls by Rosalie Oaks

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The Moria Pearls by Rosalie Oaks
(Lady Diviner #2)
Regency, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance

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Synopsis
Ohh I loved this book so much it had me sucked in from the first page. I had so much fun jumping back into this series.  I loved all of the banter that went on between the characters.   This book picks up shortly after the first one left off.  We are now all in full search of the Pearls.  

These characters are amazing I love how they all interact with each other.  I do love a good character-driven story.  The only character that I found that I did not like was Jaq’s sister who makes an appearance in this book and to be honest I am really hoping that she does not continue to the upcoming books.  She is the type of person that every time she is there all you want to do is shake her.  I just hope we are done with her but something tells me we may not be.  Oh, Perry…

I know I said at the end of the first book that I really wanted the romance that I thought was brewing but Beresford keeps running hot and cold and it is driving me crazy.  However, I think we are seeing another romance brewing and I can’t wait to see what happens there.  

Even Though this is the second book in this series is wrapped up very nicely and I can not wait to see what happens next. 

What I thought
Oh I loved this book so much it had me sucked in from the first page. I had so much fun jumping back into this series.  I loved all of the banter that went on between the characters.   This book picks up shortly after the first one left off.  We are now all in full search of the Pearls.  

These characters are amazing I love how they all interact with each other.  I do love a good character-driven story.  The only character that I found that I did not like was Jaq’s sister who makes an appearance in this book and to be honest I am really hoping that she does not continue to the upcoming books.  She is the type of person that every time she is there all you want to do is shake her.  I just hope we are done with her but something tells me we may not be.  Oh, Perry…

I know I said at the end of the first book that I really wanted the romance that I thought was brewing but Beresford keeps running hot and cold and it is driving me crazy.  However, I think we are seeing another romance brewing and I can’t wait to see what happens there.  

Even Though this is the second book in this series is wrapped up very nicely and I can not wait to see what happens next.

My Rating: /5

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Review: The Princess and the Rogue by Kate Bateman

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The Princess and the Rogue by Kate Bateman
(Bow Street Bachelors #3)
Regency Romance

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Synopsis
A princess in disguise is forced to live with a rogue in order to protect her from danger in this fun, sexy regency romance.

Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, doesn’t believe in love―until a passionate kiss with a beautiful stranger in a brothel forces him to reconsider. When the mysterious woman is linked to an intrigue involving a missing Russian princess, however, Seb realizes her air of innocence was too good to be true.

Princess Anastasia Denisova has been hiding in London as plain ‘Anna Brown’. With a dangerous traitor hot on her trail, her best option is to accept Wolff’s offer of protection―and accommodation―at his gambling hell. But living in such close quarters, and aiding Wolff in his Bow Street cases, fans the flames of their mutual attraction. If Anya’s true identity is revealed, does their romance stand a chance? Could a princess ever marry a rogue?

What I thought
Thank you St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this book for an honest review.  All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.

We get Seb’s story!!!!

Seb, a confirmed bachelor who refuses to be tied down to any woman of the Ton, decides to visit a brothel that is acclaimed to have the most beautiful girls in the city.  His path crosses Anna while she is teaching the “girls” how to read.  Seb mistakes Anna as one of the girls working there, after he learns he cannot buy her time for any amount of money he leaves.  In the coming days Seb is unable to get Anna off his mind and he has to know who she is. 

After Anna escapes from Paris she starts over as a companion to a dowager duchess who just so happens to be Seb’s aunt.  When Anna’s past begins to catch up with her, Seb becomes her protector. This is not an easy job for Seb because Anna has a mind of her own and has no problem taking charge of any situation. 

I absolutely loved Georgina in the first book and didn’t think that I would like another female character in this series more but I really loved Anna. She was strong and truly cared about those people around her.  She is not your typical damsel and I love that about her.

I loved the banter from Benedict and Alex.  They can see that Seb is in deep no matter how much he wants to fight it.  And they give back to him all that he dished out in the first two books.  

I really loved this book!  If you are looking for a fun enemies to lovers type book I highly recommend this one.  

My Rating: /5

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Review: The Peace of Christmas Yet to Come by L.G. Rollins

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The Peace of Christmas Yet to Come
by L.G. Rollins
(A Dickens of a Christmas Book 3)
Genre: Regency Romance, Proper Romance, Christmas Story
Expected Publication: December 9, 2020

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Synopsis
Miss Martha Cratchit is barely making ends meet. As a woman who once belonged to high society, options to secure a better income are limited. Blessedly, the aging vicar agrees to pay Martha if she will clean the church house for him. He even agrees to keep her employ a secret, allowing her to keep what little standing she has left in society. Hopefully, the coin she earns will be enough to keep her and her two brothers housed and fed. It is a tenuous plan, but it is all she has.

Peter De Ath, Duke of Pembroke, hates everyone and everything; he has no qualms with his reputation as the Silent Duke. He’s been alone nearly all his life and is content to remain so. All he needs is a few minutes a week, alone in the church house, to commune with the one being who won’t judge him for his incurable stutter.

When a wisp of a young woman stumbles upon him in the church house, Peter finds his solitude shattered. Martha, for her part, is far too terrified of the Silent Duke to wish herself anywhere but far away from him. But fleeing isn’t an option; the cost of caring for her ailing grandfather is growing and she’s running out of options. It seems this Christmas may be the one that finally breaks her family apart. 

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.

This is the third book in the A Dickens of a Christmas trilogy. These books can be read as stand-alones, however, I suggest you read them in order.

This was a perfect ending to this trilogy. I rated all of these books 5 stars but this was my favorite book hands down this book was just perfection. Since this is the third book in this story am going to keep this brief and I will try to not spoil the story.

I love the strong family aspect of this story. Martha is just amazing. She is willing to go what it takes to take care of her family. Also she does not let Hugh just act the way he always has just because he is a duke. She sees so much more in him and pushes him to not hide who he is. Peter is a protective younger brother to Martha and older brother to Tim who really loves his family and I love his interaction with Hugh when he learns Hugh’s secret. It really shows how a lot of our reactions to things are learned. Tim was an amazing boy. He has such a big heart and truly sees the best in people.

Hugh the Silent Duke grew so much from the beginning of this story and it felt natural as the story progressed. I really felt for him. The more we get to know him the more we understand why he acts the way he does. And the more time he spends with Martha the more he sees that he doesn’t have to be the way he is.

Scrooge is our one common character in all three books. As the books progress you begin to see a change in him. And I loved how at the end of the story you get a small look into the future and you see where all of the characters from all three books end up.

I see myself reading these over and over again. I highly feel that you should pick up the first one if you like clean Regency Romances.

My Rating: /5

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Peace of Christmas Yet to Come by L.G. Rollins

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:

The Peace of Christmas Yet to Come
by L.G. Rollins
(A Dickens of a Christmas Book 3)
Genre: Regency Romance, Proper Romance, Christmas Story
Expected Publication: December 9, 2020

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Miss Martha Cratchit is barely making ends meet. As a woman who once belonged to high society, options to secure a better income are limited. Blessedly, the aging vicar agrees to pay Martha if she will clean the church house for him. He even agrees to keep her employ a secret, allowing her to keep what little standing she has left in society. Hopefully, the coin she earns will be enough to keep her and her two brothers housed and fed. It is a tenuous plan, but it is all she has.

Peter De Ath, Duke of Pembroke, hates everyone and everything; he has no qualms with his reputation as the Silent Duke. He’s been alone nearly all his life and is content to remain so. All he needs is a few minutes a week, alone in the church house, to commune with the one being who won’t judge him for his incurable stutter.

When a wisp of a young woman stumbles upon him in the church house, Peter finds his solitude shattered. Martha, for her part, is far too terrified of the Silent Duke to wish herself anywhere but far away from him. But fleeing isn’t an option; the cost of caring for her ailing grandfather is growing and she’s running out of options. It seems this Christmas may be the one that finally breaks her family apart. 

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Review: The Joy of Christmas Present by L.G. Rollins

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The Joy of Christmas Present by L.G. Rollins
(A Dickens of a Christmas Book 1)
Regency Romance, Proper Romance, Christmas Story

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Synopsis
Helena Spencer will never forgive the Earl of Chapman for snubbing her so publicly. It wasn’t her idea that they get married, after all. She was practically a bystander to the whole debacle, yet she alone bore the brunt of society’s judgment. Snubbed by an earl? She’d likely never recover. But then she finds herself at the same holiday house party with Lord Chapman. What a way to ruin Christmas.

After his father’s sudden death, Lord Chapman had little choice but to step into a life he hardly felt ready for. He quickly learned that everyone had opinions about how an earl’s life should look, even the aging relative who tried to marry him off to a woman he’d never even met. Now he had to spend Christmas at a house party with his mother and sisters? What a wretched way to spend the festive season.

With their shared history, Helena and Lord Chapman are unlikely friends. But when circumstances continue to throw them together, Helena presses the earl to help repair the damage he inflicted on her reputation by aiding her attempt to snag a husband from among the gentlemen at the party. The only trouble? Lord Chapman is falling for Helena’s charms himself. Would that she allow the gentleman that wins her heart to be him.

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.

Another amazing book by L. G. Rollins!  Really she is an amazing author. Once again I was sucked in and I found it very hard to put down.  This is the second book in her A Dickens of a Christmas trilogy.  The first book focuses on Christmas Past, the second on Christmas Present, and the third on Christmas Future.  These books can all be read as a standalone so no worries if you have not picked up the first one yet.  You can start with this one and you would not have missed a thing.  These books are not a retelling of a Christmas Carol but use key elements from the original story to build the basis of this story.  The tie-in of these threes book is Mr. Scrooge, he plays a different role in each book.

I loved watching these characters grow and come into their own.  Helena and Fred both have so much on their plates and grow into their own as the story progresses.  Fred does some really dumb things, but his heart is always in the right place.  I loved how Emily, Christina, and Eleanor all banded together to help Helena. You can not go wrong with a strong female friendship in the midst of scandal and gossip.  

This book gave me everything that I needed when I read it and I can not wait until the next book comes out!

My Rating: /5

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