Posts Tagged With: arranged marriage

Book Review: Steam Me Up, Rawley by Angela Quarels

Reviewed by Heather C

23119200Title: Steam Me Up, Rawley
Author: Angela Quarles
Series: The Mint Julep & Monocle Chronicles #1
Hero/Heroine: Phillip Rawley/Adele de la Pointe
Genre: MF Historical Romance; Steampunk
Length: 333 pages
Release Date: January 14, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Jack the Ripper might be in town. But is marriage more terrifying?

In an alternate Deep South in 1890, society reporter Adele de la Pointe wants to make her own way in the world, despite her family’s pressure to become a society wife. Hoping to ruin herself as a matrimonial prospect, she seizes the opportunity to cover the recent Jack the Ripper-style murders for the newspaper, but her father’s dashing new intern suggests a more terrifying headline—marriage.

Dr. Phillip Rawley’s most daring exploit has been arriving at his new home in America in a hot air balloon. A tolerable sacrifice, if it means he can secure the hand of his new employer’s daughter in a marriage of convenience. But Adele works, she’s spirited, and she has an armored pet monkey running her errands. Not only does she not match his notions of a proper lady, she stirs up feelings he’d rather keep in tight control.

With Adele hunting down a headline and Dr. Rawley trying to protect and pursue her, a serial killer is spreading panic throughout Mobile, Alabama. Can Adele and Rawley find the murderer, face their fears, and discover true love?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Radiance by Grace Draven

Reviewed by Nikyta

24473763Title: Radiance
Author: Grace Draven
Series: Wraith Kings #1
Hero/Heroine: Brishen & Ildiko
Genre: M/F Fantasy
Length: 297 pages
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: January 11, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, M/F, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Review: A Gentleman’s Agreement by J. Roman

Reviewed by Morgan

1Title: A Gentleman’s Agreement
Author: J. Roman
Narrator: Paul Morey
Heroes: Thomas Derrick Henry Appleby
Genre: MM Historical
Length: Book – 100 Pages / Audio – 2 Hours, 24 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – December 1, 2012 / Audio – October 22, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Thomas Derrik is about to have the worst Christmas of his life. Three days before the holiday, he finds out the father he doesn’t get along with is arriving on Christmas Eve, his ex-lover and new brother-in-law will be staying at his estate until the New Year, and his beloved brother, Edmund, has died.

Luckily, Edmund’s last holiday scheme may well save Thomas’s Christmas: Henry Appleby, a young lord fresh from the Continent, has arranged to court Thomas. But the family tragedy and jealous exes may put an end to the romance before it begins.
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Categories: 2 Star Ratings, Audio Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Beyond the Rift by Alana Ankh

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Beyond the Rift
Author: Alana Ankh
Series: Elemental Lovers #1
Heroes: Behnivyr ‘Ivy’ erethe/Kristelien Fezenda
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 260 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Across the centuries, the Nikari, a race of vicious elemental mages, have built an empire, bringing an entire continent to its knees. The course of history seems set… until one innocent Andari mage changes everything and claims a greater prize—the heart of the Nikari emperor.

Behnivyr ‘Ivy’ Erethe knows his duty is to wed another Andari Pure-Blood. Craving one moment of freedom before his loveless bonding, he escapes his father’s suffocating protection and goes to a masquerade ball, only to unexpectedly meet a mysterious Nikari named Kris. Kris makes Ivy ache with a need he barely dares to acknowledge. One kiss, one dance—and Ivy’s life changes forever. Unbeknownst to Ivy, Kris is actually Kristelien Fezenda, the Nikari emperor. Forced to make a difficult choice, Ivy picks love over duty and becomes Kris’s concubine.

Poorly prepared for the whirlwind of emotion Ivy summons inside him, Kris now faces the hardest battle of his life. In a ruthless world where all weakness is exploited, where allies become enemies in the blink of an eye, where love can mean death, he will have to defeat more than his own personal demons to breach the rift between him and Ivy.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Actor and the Earl by Rebecca Cohen

Reviewed by Heather C

22061178Title: The Actor and the Earl
Author: Rebecca Cohen
Series: The Crofton Chronicles #1
Heroes: Sebastian Hewel/Anthony Redbourn (Lord Crofton)
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 9th, 2014 (2nd edition)
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Elizabethan actor Sebastian Hewel takes his bow at the proscenium only to embark on the role of a lifetime. When his twin sister, Bronwyn, reneges on the arrangement to marry Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, Sebastian reluctantly takes her place. At nineteen, Sebastian knows his days as a leading lady are numbered, but with this last performance, he hopes to restore his family’s name and pay off his late father’s debts. Never mind the danger of losing his head should he be discovered.

He didn’t expect Anthony to be so charming and alluring—not to mention shrewd. While he applauds Sebastian’s plan, Anthony offers a mutually beneficial arrangement instead. Sebastian will need every drop of talent he has to survive with both his head and his heart intact, because this is the best part he’s ever had.

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Debut Author Review: Matters of Courtship by C.M. Jackson

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: Matters of Courtship
Author: C.M. Jackson
Heroes: William Samuel Davis/Lucas O’Malley-Hamilton
Genre: M/M Alternate Reality/Contemporary
Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Crown Prince of the United Kingdom of America, William Samuel Davis, has recently been outted by the press. Worse yet, he’s been thrown into an arranged marriage with one of the stuffiest people he knows—one Lucas O’Malley-Hamilton. It’s a match made in hell, and William fully intends to make everyone see the error of their ways and send Lucas back home on the first available flight.

But things quickly get more complicated than William had thought possible as the Anti-Monarchy crowd uses his outting against him. As he is forced to face the realities of his position, he finds himself drawn to sides of Lucas he hadn’t known existed. Tensions rise throughout the country and in William’s world. While the situation absolutely refuses to improve, it can and will get worse.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Debut Authors, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Heather C

12104686Title: Firelight

Author: Kristen Callihan

Series: Darkest London #1

Hero/Heroine: Benjamin Archer/Miranda Ellis

Genre: MF Paranormal Romance, Historical

Length: 390 page

Publisher: Forever

Release Date: January 2012

Available at: Grand Central Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo

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Blurb: Once the flames are ignited . . . 

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced her to wed London’s most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . .

Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it’s selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can’t help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn’t felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: The Bitter Rednesses of Love by Dominique Frost

Reviewed by Heather C

18085969Title: The Bitter Rednesses of Love
Author: Dominique Frost
Heroes: Anthony Clark & Stephen Ayers
Genre: MM Historical Romance, Steampunk
Length: 21,721 words
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: June 2013
Available at: Loose Id, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Anthony Clark, degenerate genius and impoverished nobleman, finds himself wedded to the painfully proper young aristocrat, Stephen Ayers. They’ve been pledged since before Stephen’s birth.

Will their marriage prove intolerable to them both, or will they find a happy equilibrium, instead? As Anthony teaches Stephen the pleasures of the body, will Stephen be able to teach Anthony the pleasures of the heart?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: In Despair by Megan Derr

Reviewed by Nikyta

19162088Title: In Despair
Author: Megan Derr
Series: Princes of Blood #3
Heroes: Telmé/Korin
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Length: 221 Pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: July 9, 2014
Available at: Less Than Three Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple of the Sacred Three, and the snotty brat Telmé is expected to someday marry.

Then the unthinkable happens, leaving Castle Guldbrandsen—and the Legion—in pieces. Overwhelmed by fear and grief, Telmé convinces Korin to help him attempt the impossible. But rather than relief, Telmé’s triumph is met with anger and rejection …
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Simply Sexual by Kate Pearce

Reviewed by Heather C

22115058Title: Simply Sexual
Author: Kate Pearce
Series: House of Pleasure #1
Hero/Heroine: Valentin Sokorvsky/Sara Harrison
Genre: M/F Historical Romance; Erotica
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Release Date: April 29, 2014 (2nd edition)
Available at: Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Surrender to page-turning sensuality in the explosive first book in Kate Pearce’s House of Pleasure series. . .

Sexual Satisfaction

Ten years as a sex slave in a Turkish brothel left Lord Valentin Sokorvsky with an insatiable appetite for sex. Now the time has come for him to marry, but finding a woman who can satisfy his lustful desires proves a challenge. . .until he meets Sara and all he can think about is having her lie under his rock-hard body, begging him to taste and touch her. . .

Sensual Seduction

Sara Harrison knows she should be shocked and scandalized by Lord Sokorvsky’s bold advances, but instead she is secretly aroused by this sensual, seductive man. For beneath her calm and composed manner is a wanton woman who longs for a man’s intimate caress. She is most willing to be educated in the art of sensuality, to receive and give pleasure and to succumb to the wild desire that knows no limits. . .

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment