Posts Tagged With: historical romance

Book Review: Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Reviewed by Heather C

Title: Fawkes
Author: Nadine Brandes
Hero/Heroine: Thomas/Emma
Genre: Y/A Historical Romance
Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.
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Book Review: The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels

Reviewed by Heather C

Title: The Devilish Duke
Author: Maddison Michaels
Hero/Heroine: Devlin Markham/Sophie Wolcott
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 450 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Devlin Markham, the notorious “Devil Duke” of Huntington, needs a woman. And not just any woman. If he can’t woo one of the most eccentric bluestockings of the Ton within the month, he can kiss his hard-earned fortune goodbye. But he’s always thought love a wasted emotion and marriage an inconvenience at best. And oddly enough, Lady Sophie Wolcott seems unmoved by his charm…

When Sophie learns her beloved orphanage is in imminent danger, she will do anything to save it. Even marry a ruthless rake who takes what he wants in business and pleasure. A man who’s everything she’s always feared most—but whom she reluctantly begins yearning for.

Then Sophie becomes the target of a killer lurking from the dark shadows of Devlin’s past. And they find not only their lives in jeopardy but their very hearts.

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Debut Authors, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen

Reviewed by Heather C

Title: A Duke in the Night
Author: Kelly Bowen
Series: The Devils of Dover #1
Hero/Heroine: August Faulkner/Clara Hayward
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Duke. Scoundrel. Titan of business. August Faulkner is a man of many talents, not the least of which is enticing women into his bedchamber. He’s known-and reviled-for buying and selling companies, accumulating scads of money, and breaking hearts. It’s a reputation he wears like a badge of honor, and one he intends to keep.

Clara Hayward, the headmistress of the Haverhall School for Young Ladies, on the other hand, is above reproach. Yet when she’s reunited with August all she can think of is the way she felt in his arms as they danced a scandalous waltz ten long years ago. Even though her head knows that he is only back in her life to take over her family’s business, her heart can’t help but open to the very duke who could destroy it for good.
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Book Review: The Copper by Bonnie Dee

Reviewed by Heather C

28934487Title: The Copper
Author: Bonnie Dee
Heroes: Lord Avery Wickersham/Constable Connor Tate
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 176 pages
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Jaded lord, stalwart cop, instant attraction.

Lord Avery Wickersham wakes from a night’s debauchery at a bordello to police officers pounding on the bedroom door. During the vice raid, Constable Connor Tate is ready to arrest the lord and his two male sex partners when Avery’s glib tongue earns a reprieve for his friends if not for himself.

From this grim beginning, men as opposite as summer and winter slowly work their way to an unexpected spring. Avery is ripe for a change in his aimless life, while Connor struggles between duty and desire. Overwhelming passion takes them by storm, but can a rush of lust evolve into love when their lives are so different?

While Avery attempts altruism by volunteering at a charity mission, Connor uncovers government corruption and an evil man who brings torture and death to his victims. The duo join forces to try to stop the killer, but when one of the lovers faces peril, their time may run out.

Warning: Contains a scene of abuse and torture.
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Book Review: The Tutor by Bonnie Dee

Reviewed by Heather C

25859807Title: The Tutor
Author: Bonnie Dee
Heroes: Graham Cowrie & Sir Richard Allinson
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 178 pages
Publisher: Bonnie Dee
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb:

Gothic romance with a twist.

Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and “true” ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.

Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.

His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive, Sir Richard doesn’t go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear, break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected and attempt to bridge the gap between them.

But strange sounds, sights and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other while protecting the broken family he’s grown to care for.
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Book Review: Blood in the Water by Tami Veldura

Reviewed by Heather C

23299178Title: Blood in the Water
Author: Tami Veldura
Series: An Act of Piracy #1
Heroes: Kyros Vindex/Eric Deumont
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 101 pages
Publisher: Oldwolff Alternascents
Release Date: December 19, 2014
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Kyros Vindex, treasure-hunter, has a problem. He’s carrying a torch for a fellow pirate with the sexual awareness of a teaspoon. Rumors say the man has killed hundreds. He’s determined to knock some sense into the work-a-holic that captains the Midnight Sun, but damned if he knows how.

Eric Deumont has more pressing concerns than the treasure-obsessed Kyros. There’s a creature inked into his chest that no witch in the seas will lay hands on for all the gold in the world. He knows it gives the Midnight Sun a cursed reputation and that doesn’t make living any easier. He has heard stories of spirits trapped for lifetimes inside spelled puzzle jars. Eric tracked down three of the pieces for such a jar with a lead number four. The fifth is still out there.

Even then, the spirit of vengeance that lives in Eric’s skin has no intention of giving up such easy access to the mortal realm. It craves blood and the light of the moon allows it to wreak unchecked havoc. Cursed is an insult. This is madness.
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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Early Review: Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

Reviewed by Heather C

17901769Title: Forged by Desire
Author: Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #4
Hero/Heroine: Garrett/Perry
Genre: MF Historical Romance, Steampunk
Length: 448 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: A FEAR SHE CAN’T ESCAPE

Ten years ago, Perry fled her thrall contract to find sanctuary among the Nighthawks. In that time, she’s become a respected woman of the Guard, and she’s wanted Garrett Reed for as long as she can remember. But when a new case takes a chillingly familiar turn, Perry finds herself once again in the path of a madman…only this time, there’s nowhere left to run.

A DESIRE THAT CAN’T BE TEMPERED

Out of their depth and racing against time, Perry and Garrett must learn to trust the desire sparking between them…or risk losing themselves forever to the darkness stalking London’s streets.

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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cover Reveal: A Rose by Any Other Name by Charlie Cochet – Excerpt + Giveaway!

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A Rose by Any Other Name

by Charlie Cochet

Blurb: Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.

Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man’s Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he’s ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward’s cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they’ve never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius’s most important—and dangerous— client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day.

*This is a M/M historical romance story set in the 1920s.

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Book Review: Sterling’s Way by Sarita Leone

Reviewed by Heather C

21519934Title: Sterling’s Way
Author: Sarita Leone
Series: Lawmen & Outlaws
Hero/Heroine: Jack Sterling/Kristen March
Genre: M/F Historical Romance, Western
Length: 43,311 words
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: February 22, 2014
Available at: The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Jack Sterling isn’t having a good day. A swindler has stolen family property from his elderly grandmother and Jack has taken the law into his own hands to steal it back. Only the stagecoach he intends to rob is under fire, forcing him to rescue the very occupants he’d planned to rob. One glance at the beautiful woman inside nearly has him forgetting why he’s there in the first place.

Kristen March has fled Boston to avoid an arranged marriage between moneyed families. She’d rather take her chances on the untamed frontier than marry a man she doesn’t love. But the Wild West proves to be more adventure than she anticipates when her stagecoach comes under attack.

Not only does handsome Jack come to her rescue, he makes it clear he plans to court her. But both are keeping secrets that could tear them apart for good.

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Pirates Week Review: Mutiny of the Heart by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title: Mutiny of the Heart
Author: Jennifer Bray-Weber
Series: Romancing the Pirate #4
Heroine/Hero: Joelle Quint/Sloan Ricker
Genre: M/F Historical Romance
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 23, 2014
Available at: Carina Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Navigating the high seas as the female captain of a pirate ship means always being on your guard–especially when one takes a temptingly handsome slave on board.

Captain Joelle Quint believes the slave claiming to be a cartographer can help her decipher the map her father left her when she was a child. She’s spent years trying to unlock its truths, hoping that it holds the answers to a dark family secret.

Sloan Ricker has no intention of remaining captive. When the fiery, red-headed captain offers him his freedom in exchange for solving her map, what begins as an opportunity to escape becomes a struggle to make the beautiful, intriguing Joelle his mistress in more ways than one.

Amidst a battle with the Royal Navy and a first mate’s jealousy, Joelle also fights her growing lust. And as much as he’d like to deny it, Ricker’s desire for Joelle has overcome his initial disdain. To get the answers, independence and love that they both long for, Joelle and Ricker must relinquish control to each other…or die trying.

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