Welcome to a historical romance with sexy Vikings!
Who doesn’t love a fair-haired Viking with a heart of gold?! Nylander has never had a real home, being an orphan but meeting Callie changes his world. Callie has poured every fiber of her being into taking care of the estate but everything is turned upside down when she meets Nylander.
Pirates and swords and romance, oh my! There are secrets abound in Her Midnight Sin. I really like both Callie and Nylander’s personality. Their chemistry on the pages is palpable. The action is wonderfully exciting. My only complaint would be that some scenes are a bit slow moving. This historical setting and dialogue are a treat. I really enjoyed those details. If you’re a fan of historical romance, I think you’d treasure the story of Nylander and Callie!
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Asher must stay in control or risk the loss of his entire estate and his freedom. He meets Ivy, daughter of an infamous criminal, but secrets threaten to tear their blooming love apart…
Historical romance isn’t my normal read but the blurb really grabbed me. This is a great story about Ivy, who is first and foremost a survivor, and Asher, who’s dealing with a traumatic past. Together they have to deal with some dangerous elements. I don’t want to give too much away but this story is full of romance. I really enjoyed it and would recommend Mayhem and the Marquess to historical romance lovers.
Nathaniel is an artist but he’s lost his urge to create. His muse comes in the form of a beautiful prostitute who hides the face that she is really a male. When his dark past catches up to him, he must flee but the action breaks Nathaniel’s heart. Nathaniel is determined to save his muse and the love of his life.
What a romantic, beautiful, intense, amazing story. I am really blown away by how lovely this book is. Nathaniel is in a dark place when he meets Gabrielle/Gabriel. They are both such vibrant, complicated characters. The historical world is beautiful portrayed. This story has so many layers and I had such a great time getting to the center. My only complaint is actually the point of view. Changing between the characters is confusing and clunky. It kept throwing me out of the story. Overall, A Muse to Live For is a wonderful historical romance.
Melissa must pose as a stranger’s wife, it’s her only way to get to her niece. Sebastian is the ‘husband’ but the darling Dona is proving to be a temptation he can’t resist. When a death on the steamship leads to her family, there’s danger added to their budding romance.
I want to start off by saying I’m not a huge fan of historical but the author managed to hook me in the genre with this book, Fool’s Gold. Melissa has to make a deal in order to get to her niece. It doesn’t hurt that her ‘husband’ is a handsome banker and miner. There’s a mysterious death, questions, action, danger and sweet romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and how it kept me turning the pages. I would have liked more heat in the romance though. If you like the historical genre or a good mystery, you’re definitely going to enjoy Fool’s Gold.
A fascinating musical and socio-economic trip through a bygone era!
Raised by his black grandmother in turn of the century New Orleans, mixed-race pianist Fitzgerald Delacroix struggles through poverty and racial discrimination while determined to make his living in the music business.
In exploring Fitz's day to day life, we are reminded of how far we've come as a society since those early days of the 20th century, when open prejudice and unthinkable discrimination were the law. The author weaves a rich tapestry of not only the realities, but also the popular musical genres, environments and influencers of the time. Music lovers and performers alike will appreciate the vivid and accurate descriptions of Fitz's performance style and technique throughout the book, as well as its colorful and well developed characters. From the formidable 'Gramaw' to the drug-addled friend Jed and the enigmatic fellow musician Hampton Lindsay, each contributes significantly to the story and to the shaping of Delacroix's life. It is also pleasing to note the many references to the piano works of composer Scott Joplin, whose ragtime tunes caught the attention of a new generation when used in the 1970s film 'The Sting'. Some minor drawbacks in that the story is rather drawn out longer than necessary, and as an ARC manuscript needs a thorough editing and spell check. After Dark Rag is a rare and unvarnished look into the New Orleans Rag and Jazz scene, where people of color found joy and inspiration in their music despite the stigma of slavery and the ever-present obstacles of racism, addiction and poverty.
Perhaps not so different from today, after all.
Leah is lonely. She’s taken with Marcus who has come to work as a hired hand on her father’s farm. While her attention is on Marcus she also has to deal with a conjurer who may have a concoction to get her barren mother with child. The child is born but is it cursed because of his conception? Then the conjurer wants the child to become the voodoo queen …
There is a lot going on in this book. Leah being lonely and her attraction to Marcus. Her loss of brother and fiancé. The burden of running the farm. Helping her mother getting pregnant with a conjurer. Then there’s protecting her baby brother from Kali. I liked Leah a lot. From her sadness at losing the men she loved to her excitement with Marcus. She is really a great character. Her and Marcus make a great couple. I do wish the story had more action or something. Several times I found myself losing interest at the pace. I love how the author combined paranormal with historical. It’s a unique combination. There’s a really good twist about her brother’s death. The romance is sweet but I wish there was more intensity. The ending has a shocking twist that really worked for the story.
Historical romance meets the paranormal in this highly recommended read, Dangerous Conjurings.
Marriage for the sake of title is not what Emily Whitehorn had in mind for her future, but with few romantic prospects after caring for her ailing mother for years, can her cousin Sarah, the former Lady Northenly, help her check off her list of suitable gentlemen to approach? This is another interesting installment to the Soliciting a Lady series, that further elaborates on the complexities of society in a time gone by. Again we have a curious murder mystery, a heroine who is a tad eccentric, and an unintended hero with his own eccentricities garnered from the bedroom and the battlefield. When the top contender for Emily's hand, the current Earl of Northenly, is found poisoned, both Emily and the new object of her affections, the Earl's half brother Christopher, become immediate suspects.
Thus begins the unwinding of the mystery, and while equally intriguing as the previous series, the action happens extremely fast and with little buildup or explanation. This makes the story not only confusing but leaves the reader feeling that they've missed out on some juicy details. What remains juicy however is Emily and Christopher's bedroom activity, which occurs not just in the bedroom but in other, less conventional, settings. I think we can look forward to even more eyebrow-raising escapades as this quirky period-piece series continues!
Young Scotsman Jamie MacDonald has little to leave behind after losing his father and brothers at the infamous Battle of Culloden, but booking passage to the New World proves even more uncertain when he is captured and forced into service aboard a pirate ship bound for different shores entirely--and finds himself exploring the uncharted waters of a love affair with it's handsome captain.
Wow. Not usually a fan of gay romance, this Outlander-style story lured me in with its period intrigue and did not disappoint! Our hero Jamie is just old enough to begin carving out his own destiny, but young enough to be influenced by new and unusual experiences along the way. All of his ingrained beliefs are literally blown out of the water as he eventually takes up the cause of his captors aboard ship and succumbs to the irresistible charisma and sex appeal of Captain Antonio Rodriguez.
While we feel sorrow and trepidation for Jamie, Rodriguez himself is an endearing character, His firm but fair treatment of Jamie, followed by compassion and genuine love for him are a testament to his admirable character. Their attraction goes beyond the physical and is borne out of a similarly tortured past. Amid a shipful of crewmates, their intimate moments are understandably brief but torrid and emotional, creating an intense relationship between the two men and a sensation-packed experience for the reader.
In a time when life is short, you learn to take the good things when and where you can. With well-written dialogue and a delightfully surprising voyage to one of my favorite places on the globe, I recommend this journey to all historical romance travelers! Complete with a tantalizing teaser of the next installment in the series, this story will leave you yearning for what else is on the horizon and shouting 'full speed ahead'!
SOMETHING WITCH-ED THIS WAY COMES
Only we're not sure what. Sidonie Cordumont is a witch on a mission. To free her witch-colleagues imprisoned in the Paris bastille, she must call on all her resources and connections to help her complete the task before she meets her own fate. What she doesn't count on is the aid of the man who was once her betrothed, whose love for Sidonie still burns but who is bound in a prison of his own making.
Charming but confounding, this period piece seems like book 2 of a series where book 1 has somehow been misplaced. In the opening scene we are expected to have some inkling as to who Sidonie is, why she is where she is and what she's trying to accomplish, as well as the other characters and their significance to her life. Sadly, these are never described clearly, lost in the author's attempt to write in the intricate language and vernacular of the day. In addition to a confusing sequence of events, a number of typos and missing words that have escaped the editor's notice further detract from the flow of the story. However, some exquisite turns of phrase sprinkled throughout offer redemption, just as Sidonie herself is redeemed in the exciting but brutal final scenes. The backdrop of 17th century Paris is also vividly depicted and well researched, making for an overall enjoyable read.
Dark but fascinating, this story will have historical and paranormal romance fans shouting: "Vive la France, Vive l'amour!!"
Life doesn't always give you what you want. In the end you have to make it yourself.
Life is Hard. But it was harder in the Old West. Harrison Carter's worked hard to make his fortune in the silver mines of Colorado, to be able to finally send for his long-awaited fiance Jenny back in Illinois. So it's little wonder he's pissed when who should arrive by train on his wedding day is not Jenny but her sister Retta, complete with toddler in tow.
While the idea of swapping one bride for another makes for good storytelling, in those days it was not just a story; it was sometimes a necessity. Harrison's initial rejection of Retta and anger at Jenny is understandable, but marries Retta anyway to honor Jenny's dying wish. Retta is just as apprehensive but has little prospects herself being the mother of an illegitimate child. Both Harrison and Retta are taking big risks, but with big risks come big rewards. The development of their relationship is heartwarming and Harrison's acceptance of Retta's daughter Adeline as his own shows the strong type of character he is. Retta also shows a bit of steel in her spine while at the same time doing what's expected of her under difficult circumstances. Throw in the token villain, in this case Slim Morgan and his cadre of slime balls who aim to take both Harrison's livelihood as well as his pretty new wife, and you have a fairly cliche if somewhat boring period drama that seems dragged out over more pages than is necessary. However, what makes it intriguing is that the story was inspired by a true-life family history. If that's so, then any preconceived ideas of the era's straight-laced, buttoned-up behavior in the bedroom in are out the window thanks to the author's skillful depiction of some wild west action between homespun sheets!
Western romance fans can saddle up comfortably with this predictable but satisfying read!