Posts Tagged With: Victorian

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
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

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: The Shepherd and the Solicitor by Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee

Reviewed by Heather C

25677846Title: The Shepherd and the Solicitor
Author: Summer Devon and Bonnie Dee
Heroes: Gregory Tobin & Daniel Pierce/Jacob Bennet
Genre: M/M Historical Romance
Length: 161 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: When a storm is brewing, taking shelter could be the most dangerous move of all.

One careless, public sign of affection cost Daniel Pierce’s lover his life at the hands of a hate-filled mob. Grief-stricken, Daniel retreated from society to a sheep farm in the wilds of the north. Years later, Gregory Tobin erupts into his solitary life.

Sent to confirm the existence—or the death—of the Pierce family’s lost heir, Tobin isn’t sure he’s found the right man. The gruff, shaggy hermit calling himself Jacob Bennet bears little resemblance to photographs of the younger Pierce. Tobin needs more time to study his quarry.

With lambing season in full swing, Daniel grudgingly admits he could use an extra hand. Through a long, exhausting night, they parry back and forth as Tobin probes closer and closer to the truth. And something beyond casual attraction simmers between them.

They come together in a crash of desire, but ultimately Daniel must overcome the terrors of the past to reconcile the man he was with the man he’s becoming—a man capable of loving again.

Product Warnings

Many sexy encounters on a sheep farm—NO, not like THAT!—between two adult males with temperaments as different as night and day.

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Gentleman and the Lamplighter by Summer Devon

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title:  The Gentleman and the Lamplighter
Author: Summer Devon
Heroes: Giles Fullerton/John Banks
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 60 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Available Online: Heroes and Heartbreakers December 3, 2014
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: You Can’t Walk Away from Love.
Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he’s ever loved—until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything….

But You Can Walk Toward It…
Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he’s admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love—if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears….
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Early Review: Bloodline by Jordan L. Hawk

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title: Bloodline
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #5
Heroes: Whyborne/Griffin
Genre: M/M Historical
Length: 299 Pages
Publisher: Jordan L. Hawk
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Smashwords
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Blurb: Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help solving the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case.

The investigation leads them deep into a conspiracy of blackmail, murder, and darkest sorcery. But worst of all are the secrets held within the family itself, one of which will destroy everything Whyborne believed to be true, not only about his family, but about himself.
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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ghost Week Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title:  Shadowdance
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #4
Hero/Heroine: Jack Talent/Mary Chase
Genre: MF Paranormal Romance, Historical
Length: 427 Pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Once a heart is lost in shadow…
Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she’s been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.

Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years. He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights—even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack’s dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past…or risk losing Mary forever.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2013, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Heather C

Winterblaze (Darkest London, #3)Title: Winterblaze
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #3
Hero/Heroine: Winston and Poppy Lane
Genre: M/F Paranormal Romance, Historical
Length: 422 Pages
Publisher: Grang Central Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Once blissfully in love . . .

Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy’s secrets are revealed, leaving Winston’s trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.

Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy’s love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.

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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Heather C

1Title:  Moonglow
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #2
Hero/Heroine: Ian Ranulf/ Daisy Ellis Craigmore
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 384 Pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 31, 2012
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:

Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .

Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy’s door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .

Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace by Bec McMaster

Reviewed by Heather C

The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace (London Steampunk, #3.5)Title:  The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace
Author: Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #3.5
Hero/Heroine: Garrett/Perry
Genre: MF Steampunk
Length: 44,990 Words
Publisher: Bec McMaster
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Available at: Smashwords and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Friends, partners, and professionals… So just why is this case coming between them?

In a Victorian London ruled by the blood-drinking elite, Perry Lowell is a logical and accomplished Nighthawk: a rogue blue blood who tracks murderers and thieves for the Guild. So when she and her charming-but-reckless partner, Garrett, are charged with finding a missing theatre starlet, it should be a simple solve.

But with an entire theatre of suspects, including a flirtatious understudy and whispers of a Clockwork Menace haunting the place, tension is brewing between the pair of them. Can they come together to solve the case – or will it be too late, when the murderer turns his gaze on Perry herself?

Warning: This is not a traditional HEA. Set three years before Forged By Desire (available Sept 2014), it’s a pre-romance novella featuring Perry and Garrett. Heads will butt, tempers will flare – and perhaps one of them might come to realise just what the other truly means to them?
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Ember by Kristen Callihan

Reviewed by Heather C

9Title: Ember
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #0.5
Hero/Heroine: Benjamin/Miranda
Genre: M/F Paranormal/Historical
Length: 88 Pages
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Available at: Forever Yours, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Prequel to Firelight.

After a fire consumes the Ellis family fortune, the beautiful and resourceful Miranda finds herself faced with an impossible dilemma: enter a life of petty crime or watch her family succumb to poverty. But once her fiancé learns of her descent into danger—and of the strange, new powers she’s discovered—saving her family may come at the high price of her heart.

When Lord Benjamin Archer’s one chance for redemption is destroyed by corrupt London antiquarian Hector Ellis, he vows to take what Ellis values most—his daughter Miranda. Forced to hide his face behind masks, Archer travels the world hoping to escape the curse that plagues him so that he can finally claim his prize.

But once Archer returns home to London, will it be revenge he seeks? Or will the flame-haired beauty ignite new, undeniable desires?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2012 | 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

Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

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