Scandal and the Duchess

Scandal and the DuchessRose Barclay was hounded by reporters where ever she went. She was not good at dealing with them always but then Steven McBride will be there to help as he will provide a fake engagement. With Steven so close Rose will find herself falling in love with him.

Steven McBride was home for a mission which would only bring sadness to him and the receiver. Steven will delay the news when he stumbles upon Rose and will find it necessary to help her. Steven will find that with every moment he spends with Rose the more he will want her.

Scandal and the Duchess is a novella in the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures. This novella is number 6.5 in the series. I really liked this novella. It was quick and fun. I liked that Jennifer Ashley is continuing on with the extension of the McBride brothers.

Steven McBride is mischievous but you know that he is a good man. He works hard and is a man who understands honor. Rose is a young woman who has been through enough but she still finds herself able to help others. Together they are on a mission and things will get heated. It is lustful but there is a sweetness between them, and it builds to a sweet romance.

I liked the mystery of the two pieces of furniture that Rose’s husband left in his Will. I was intrigued with what the Duke had left for his wife and when you found out the mystery it melted your heart. I loved the thoughtfulness of the Duke, it gave Rose something in the end.

I am reading Rules for a Proper Governess next.

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The Untamed Mackenzie

The Untamed MackenzieLady Louisa Scranton knows that she should marry a wealthy and respectable man as that was what she was brought up to do. Though Louisa was not attracted to those men, she wanted a stern but passionate detective Llyod Fellows.

Detective Inspector Lloyd Fellows worked hard at solving crimes. He never cut corners or lied about a report. That will all change when Louisa Scranton is accused of murder. Fellows knows that she was innocent but he knew that the system still found the innocent guilty. He would do anything he could to help Louisa.

The Untamed Mackenzie is from the series Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures by Jennifer Ashley. This novella is number 5.5 in the series. I really loved this novella. Like the others there is that intrigue and mystery but this was an actual case where you got to read about how Fellows worked as a detective. It was different and intrigued me from start to finish.

The character of Lloyd Fellows in the beginning of the series was a hard man and one who hated the Mackenzies. Well he is still that man but there is more trust with his half brothers and he is becoming part of the family. I liked that Fellows was a ruff man, he had to be in his line of work. There is not a lot of gentleness, although when he is with Louisa it can be seen. Louisa’s character was not a spoiled woman, but she had lived the life of privilege. I think that Louisa was a smart and vibrant woman who did what she needed to do. She also had passion flowing through her veins which only heated whenever Lloyd Fellows was around.

The Mackenize passion is alive and well as it flows through Fellows veins. The heat between Fellows and Louisa is passionate and it compels the characters to be together.

The mystery of the murder was interesting. There were a couple bad guys and the one that looked to be the villain was not the main villain, although that character was bad in what they were doing. So the true villain was a surprise and I liked how Fellows finally figured out the truth and all was explained.

I am reading Scandal and the Duchess next.

Mackenzie Family Christmas

Mackenzie Family ChristmasI decided to go back to the Mackenzies/Highland Pleasures series by Jennifer Ashley. I have read a decent amount of the series but had skipped over some of the novellas as they were never available. I am starting off with Mackenzie Family Christmas which is 4.5 novella of the series.

So the story plot is very simple, the family is getting together for Christmas time and whenever this family gets together its never simple.

What I liked about the book was that Jennifer Ashley included the whole family along with some new members, the McBrides. They will be getting their own stories in the series. I only read about Elliot McBride and really liked it. I have no doubt that I will like these other brothers.

I thought that the book was charming and it gave you more insight with what was going on in the characters life. I will say that I really love all the brothers, but Ian has always been my favorite. I loved his interaction with his wife, Beth, and his children. The surprise that Ian does for his family is magical.

I am going to be reading The Untamed Mackenzie next.

Sweetest Scoundrel

Sweetest ScoundrelMiss Eve Dinwoody is the bastard sister of Duke of Montgomery. She loved her blackmailing brother but disliked what he did to others. She will soon find herself in charge of her brothers money for Harte’s Folly. Eve could handle the bookkeeping but could not handle the owner, Asa.

Asa Makepeace aka Mr. Harte had been working at the theater since he was seventeen years. Asa had worked hard to make sure his theater was a success and he was close to the new opening, only one problem stood in his way, Eve Dinwoody. Asa knew he could not charm her like his other women, Asa would have to work hard to have Eve trust him.

Sweetest Scoundrel is the ninth book to the Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt. I really loved this book. I was happy to have Hoyt going back to the family that started the series, the Makepeace’s.

Asa’s character was a man who followed a path he knew that his family didn’t want. He was passionate and good at his job. I really liked him though in the beginning I did think that Asa was an ass to Eve. Though Eve was being cold to him as well. They each had their own reasons for being how they were and it was interesting how Hoyt wrote their back stories, especially Eve’s. You knew that something terrible had happened to her especially with her reaction to certain things that happened at the theater. The truth will be revealed and its pretty bad but things do get better for Eve especially when Asa starts helping. Eve’s character was shy and scared. She cared for those who were close but she was too scared to really take a step out of her own shadow. She will be able to take that step thanks to Asa.

The villain was unknown until close to the end when Hoyt revealed the truth. I felt that with the villain things moved very quickly at the end. I wouldn’t have minded a little more but in the end I got what I wanted with what happened to the villain.

The next book to the Maiden Lane comes out this May. This one will be with Val, the Duke of Montgomery and with Mrs. Crumb. I have a feeling this one will have a lot of secrets and some twist as these are not exactly honest characters. I can’t wait to read their story.

Never Marry a Viscount

Never Marry a ViscountSophie Russell did not like waiting for her sisters who were trying to solve the mystery of who really took the money. She decided to go after their last suspect, Viscount Griffiths. She loathes the man but when she gets to know the real man she will find that she starts to feel things for him.

Viscount Griffiths knew that his new cook was more but not exactly what he had expected. He will work hard to find out her secrets only to be shocked with what he finds.

Never Marry a Viscount is the third and final book to the series Scandal at the House of Russell. I really liked this book. I thought it was a great finish to the series.

Sophie to me in the other books was a little immature and spoiled, and she was in this one but she learned. She became a better person as she worked but she still had her moments. Now Viscount Griffiths was a very confident man who had a lot of stress which was mainly due to his stepmother. He wasn’t a bad man per say but he did like to do things his way.

Anne Stuart creates the plot to be humorous when she has the viscount thinking that Sophie is to be his new mistress that was sent by an agency. This creates a problem for Sophie as she is pursued relentlessly by the viscount, though that chase will only last so long for Sophie until she gives in.

So there was a surprise moment that happened at the very beginning and it dealt with the villain of this book. You will quickly find out the identity and I have to say that I was surprised. I thought that Stuart described Rufus Brown perfectly especially with how he came to be such a villain.

I liked that the other two sisters were involved in the book as well. They were towards the middle to the end of the book but I felt that with them there it wrapped up the series nicely.

 

Never Trust a Pirate

Never Trust a PirateMadeleine Russell knew she had to try and find out the truth as she knew her father had not runaway with all the money. She decided to go after Captain Morgan and to do so she will become a housemaid in his resident. Maddy will not be expecting the attraction she felt for the Captain and she will fight the attraction but not for long.

Captain Thomas Morgan aka Luca had a shady past and he was trying to become a better man but he was still ruthless. He will be instantly attracted to the new maid but angry at the same time knowing the maid was Russell’s daughter. He will watch her carefully as he tries to figure out what she was doing.

Never Trust a Pirate is the second book to the series Scandal at the House of Russell by Anne Stuart. I really loved this book. You are swept away into the story especially with the mystery that the daughters are trying to uncover, who killed their father. Well from the first book you already know who the killer was but it was interesting to read how each sister so far has dealt with the enemy and yet that enemy has gotten away. It will be up to Sophie in the last book to stop the killer.

So, Maddy’s character was not exactly a snob but she was used to a good life. She does work hard especially as the need to bring down her fathers murderer is pulsing through her blood. I liked the way that she stood her ground. She was a little whiny at times but it was nothing annoying. It was even understandable as anyone who life changed that dramatically would not always be in good spirits. Then there was Captain Morgan aka Luca. He was a heartless man and ruthless or at least he portrayed that man, and he did it well. I liked Luca for the most part but he was a hard man. When it comes to Maddy he doesn’t really soften but he lets himself feel more for this woman.

I will be reading the third and last book to the series next.

Earls Just Want to Have Fun

Earls Just Want to Have FunMarlowe was one of the best thieves in London. Though Marlowe will soon discover that she might not be who she was, she might be a lady. A Bow Street Runner and an Earl will take her and prepare her to meet her possible parents. Marlowe will be scared to step into this strange new world of well dressed ladies and gentleman but more scared that she was not the little girl and she was to be sent back to the gutters.

Earls Just Want to Have Fun is the first book to the series Covent Gardens Cubs by Shana Galen. I have not read anything from Galen before and if her books are like this I will definitely be trying them. I really liked this book. It was very entertaining to read. A kidnapping story is in noway original but with how Galen wrote the story and her characters she made me want to continue the story.

Marlowe’s character was interesting. She was the perfect thief but due to some memories she wondered if her past was not how she was told. I liked that Marlowe will try to be more as she knows the life she leads will get her killed. Max’s character, who was the Earl, was a little stuck up but as you got to know him better throughout the book he is not that stuck up. After that I did like him and thought he was doing his best to help while trying not to be attracted to Marlowe which of course he found difficult.

The villain is clearly Satin who is the leader of thieves. He is ruthless and vindictive, and he was the reason Marlowe became who she was. I liked how Galen deals with Satin at the end.

So, there are two more book in the series which will feature Max’s siblings. One is already out while the other is coming in March.