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Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #4)

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Could she possibly refuse a duke’s hand—in favor of a sardonic, sinful rake?
Lady Betsy Wilde’s first season was triumphant by any measure, and a duke has proposed—but before marriage, she longs for one last adventure.
No gentleman would agree to her scandalous plan—but Lord Jeremy Roden is no gentleman. He offers a wager. If she wins a billiards game, he’ll provide the breeches.
If he wins…she is his, for one wild night.
But what happens when Jeremy realizes that one night will never be enough? In the most important battle of his life, he’ll have to convince Betsy to say no to the duke.

Source: finished copy from the publisher, HarperCollins/Avon (thanks!)

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

SOURCE:  ARC from publisher

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Bliss by Lynsay Sands

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Love thy neighbor, ’tis said. A fine idea, except when the neighbor in question is Lord Holden. Lady Helen Tiernay has complained frequently about his treatment of his people. Too frequently perhaps, for the king intends to curb their constant bickering by ordering them to wed. Helen can’t refuse a royal decree, but she’ll do everything possible to drive away her devilishly attractive husband-to-be.

Holden has faced all manner of horrors on the battlefield. But marriage to “the tyrant of Tiernay” is still a worrying prospect—until he glimpses Helen in the flesh. What flesh it is…soft, lush, made for his touch. If she weren’t so intent on thinking up devious ways to prevent consummating their bond, Helen would see how perfect they are together, and that a marriage begun as enemies can turn to absolute pleasure. 
Source: galley from the publisher, Harper Collins. Thanks so much!!

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Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

Source: egalley from the publisher, St. Martins, for review purposes. Thanks!

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The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston (Seduction Diaries #3)

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About the Book

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston continues her enchanting Seduction Diaries series as a bookish spinster and an unrepentant rogue unite to unmask a traitor.

Every girl dreams of a hero….

No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that’s why she’s reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won’t end up with a villain instead.

But sometimes only a scoundrel will do.

When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London’s most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore’s is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment’s indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country.

When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured.

Source: egalley from Avon Books for review purposes. Thank you!

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Lady Pirate by Lynsay Sands

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Valoree no longer has to masquerade as her murdered brother and scourge the oceans as Captain Red. She no longer has to command his pirate band in a quest to regain his birthright. She has been named heir to Ainsley Castle. But no executor would ever hand over the estate to an unmarried pirate wench and her infamous crew—no matter to whom she’d been born. And the will distinctly states that in order to inherit, Valoree must be married to a nobleman . . . and pregnant.

Upon learning that, the virgin captain is ready to return to the seas—but her crew has other ideas— and for those rascally cusses she would do anything. If they could find a way to put on her a sweet face that would fool the ton, she would handle the rest, even with a drunken prostitute as an “aunt” and her merry cutthroat crew as “servants.” But to herself she swears one thing: she will only marry a man who fires her blood, a man who is not afraid of a . . . Lady Pirate.

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A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James Blog Tour (Essex Sisters #4.5)

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A Gentleman Never Tells

By Eloisa James

Avon Impulse

June 28, 2016

E-ISBN 9780062573063 * $.99

About the Book

A witty, sexy novella about a virgin widow and a rake with something to prove.

Eighteen months ago, Lizzie Troutt’s husband died in his mistress’s bed, leaving her determined to never marry again….and unfortunately virginal.

Eighteen years ago (give or take a few) the Honorable Oliver Berwick blackened his own soul, leaving him hardened and resolutely single.

When the chance for redemption in the form of a country house party invitation comes his way, Oliver is determined to prove himself a gentleman.

Until he breaks all the codes of gentlemanly behavior…once again.

Source: eARC from the publisher for review purposes (thanks!)

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Book Avengers: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Hello and welcome to our May Book Avengers post!  Today we are featuring A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, the sequel to our April pick.  We absolutely LOVED book one, A Darker Shade of Magic and were (maybe just a little bit) hoping that your guys would vote for us to continue on.

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 

SOURCE:  ARC picked up at ALA

Character Highlights:

Hope – I have opinions on this one and though some are great some are not so much.  I love that she has an eidetic memory and how useful that can be but her phobias are where I had the issue.  I feel like her phobias were only there at times to drive the story when she needed to have a panic attack. When she was kicking ass as part of her team?  YES!  She’s alone for 2 minutes and all of a sudden is panic city?  NO!  By the end of the book she definitely grew on me and I was more comfortable where we left so I feel confident whenever I will go into book two my opinions will shift.

Bran – I’m both surprised and not at Bran.  He keeps you on your toes for a bit but in the end I felt I knew what would happen with him and I was right.  Vindication FTW!  In a time traveling book I think it is a small accomplishment to figure out part of the plan.

Overall Thoughts:

GUYS.  My name is in a book and I don’t mean my first name.  Though the spelling of my first it isn’t as common I mean my last name.  There aren’t many with my name outside of my area of the U.S. so to see it in a book mainly set in another country?  LOVE.  ITD was a fun story to read and kept me very interested while reading because I was able to into a part of history I’m not as familiar with.  The idea to be able to go back and witness some of the greatest events in history is a powerful draw and I look forward to continuing this story further!  I loved how Ms Taylor tied in past innovators and left so much open for the story to continue in any direction that there are so many possibilities.  Also, I’m hopeful and anxious that we will get more of the past story from when her mother traveled as a younger woman.

Though a bit on the larger side for a YA it does read quickly and this is an absolute must for any history and Outlander fans!

 

4/5

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