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The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise by Ella Matthews

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Risking her life

To save a knight!

Disguising herself as her late twin brother keeps Avva Carpenter, and her family, safe. Until Sir William Devereux arrives in her town. As the castle’s stable master, Avva can’t avoid the knight—or the desire he instantly stirs in her. He’s everything she never knew a nobleman could be: honest, kind, brave. When danger surrounds them, the only way to help William is to reveal her true identity, but can she trust him enough?


Totally brilliant and fabulous 
Avva is masquerading as her dead twin brother Aven as the stable master for Baron Caerden and things are thrown up in the air when William, one of the Kings Knights, arrives to inform them of a royal visit but things aren’t what they seem 
Avva is pretending to be her brother because of the inherent danger of being a woman near Caerden and pretending to be Aven means that she can be relatively safe whilst also protecting her younger brothers. Avva is strong, determined and brilliant at what she does. She would do almost anything to protect those she cares about even if it puts her in danger, especially as being seen with William does. I loved Avva right from the start, she is an amazing character who I couldn’t help but adore
William is surprised by his attraction when he first meets Avva, believing her to be Aven and he had never liked men before but the more he got to know Avva the more his suspicions about her gender got stronger and he found out her secret. He is one of the Kings Knights but he also has a vulnerable side, he would give his life for the King and very quickly Avva becomes to mean a lot more to him than he expected. William is the kind of person I would want to spend time with, he is loyal, determined and dangerous whist also being so loveable
I totally loved this book, I was hooked right from the very beginning and unable to put it down. Their story is full of danger and drama and each page had me holding my breath and hoping that they would be ok, even if things seemed stacked against them
Both Avva and William know they have no future together, they are from different worlds, but it doesn’t stop them from being drawn to each other and between them they start to realise what is important in their lives, even when reality forces them apart 
I was hooked by this book from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. The writing style and the characters drew me in and had me so embedded in the characters lives that I could feel each thing happening as if it was real. As you can probably tell by now, I adored this book and as such I would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance full of danger, drama and friendship that will keep you on your toes and unable to put it down
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

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Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

Social Media Links – https://twitter.com/ellamattauthor



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The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake

The Secrets of Latimer House

In the war against Hitler every secret counts…

Society heiress Evelyn Brooke-Edwards is a skilled interrogator – her beauty making her a non-threat in the eyes of the prisoners.

Farm girl Betty Connors may not be able to type as she claimed, but her crack analytical skills soon find her unearthing covert connections.

German ex-pat Judith Stern never expected to find herself listening in to German POW’s whispered conversations, but the Nazis took her father from her so she will do whatever it takes to help the Allies end this war.

Billeted together in the attic of Latimer House – a place where secrets abound – Evelyn, Betty and Judith soon form a bond of friendship that carries them through the war. Because nothing is stronger than women united.

Tucked away in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Latimer House, a grand country estate, stands proudly – a witness to some of greatest secrets of WW2.


Absolutely amazing 
Evelyn, Betty and Judith have ended up sharing a room in Latimer House, a top secret war time facility hidden in the English countryside where higher ranking German prisoners of war are interrogated 
I loved the characters of Judith, Evelyn and Betty, they are from vastly different backgrounds but have come together in wartime. They challenge and support each other, they have come together to make a difference and they end up making lifelong friends, although each road has its hiccups. Each girl had her own skill set, Judith is a German Jew who escaped and came to Britain, Betty is a local girl with an extraordinary memory and Evelyn is a higher class young lady who travelled round Europe and who had a German fiancée before the war. Their talents mean that they each excel at their specific jobs and I think this helped me to love them even more as I could understand more about them, who they are, their hopes and dreams and the troubles they have endured 
I really enjoyed this book, it caught my attention right from the start and because it’s based on Latimer House’s real wartime purpose it felt so real and the lines between fact and fiction became blurred. I became so entangled in the story that I could see the characters and the situations in real life, they were there in front of me and I really didn’t want to let them go at the end of the book
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story full of secrets, drama and intrigue with a central circle of characters who will capture your heart from the very first page 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

Jules Wake

Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury and not so luxury brands. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to hone her creative writing skills.

She writes best-selling warm-hearted romantic contemporary fiction for One More Chapter as Jules Wake and was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2020 with The Spark.

Under her pen name Julie Caplin, she also writes the warm and witty Romantic Escapes series.

Between them, the two Js have written eighteen novels, The Secret of Latimer House being the latest.

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Her Honourable Mercenary by Nicole Locke

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An innocent maiden

And a legendary warrior

When captured and held prisoner in an enemy castle, Margery of Lyon is guarded by brooding mercenary Evrart, who’s been commanded to watch her—day and night. Margery’s determination to escape brings her closer to Evrart and the kind heart hidden beneath his granite-hard body. Now Margery is torn… Fleeing under the portcullis will mean leaving behind the man she’s falling for…


Loved it! 
Margery has been taken by Ian of Warstone to his fortress as his mistress and she is assigned Evrart, Ian’s personal guard, to protect and guard her 
I wasn’t sure about Margery to start with but she very quickly wormed her way into my heart. She is vulnerable and struggles with self confidence, she became a mistress to try and provide for her family but doesn’t know how to do much else. She is fun and playful but with her self doubts she felt a lot like a real person and her personality at times reminded me of me! She is determined but is also aware that she is something that people what to possess and this has coloured her world view and her relationship with Evrart allowed her to see that he liked her for herself and not how she looked which I think was so important for her character 
Evrart is huge and is used to people being scared of him so when Margery isn’t it’s a bit of a surprise. He isn’t supposed to be drawn to her but he can’t help it and he risks both punishment and danger when he spends time with her outside of the rooms she is meant to be assigned to. He is strong but also vulnerable, he is good at hiding his feelings and I’m so glad that there were a lot of opportunities to hear things from his point of view so I could understand him a lot better. He is honourable and determined and so many different things combined made me love him from the very start 
This book caught my attention right from the beginning and I was hooked. Margery is the sister of Beideluue whose story I had read previously and I loved being able to see the story from a different point of view and that Margery got her own story
This book isn’t a totally traditional romance and I think that drew me in even further. Even though I knew a lot of what happened from Beid’s story, and it can be read independently, there was still so much danger, drama and enough twists and turns that it kept me on my toes
I totally loved this book and would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance with brilliant characters which you won’t be able to put down
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Nicole is the author of Harlequin/Mills and Boon Lovers and Legends Historical series. If she isn’t working on the next book, she can be reached at NicoleLocke.com, Facebook, and Twitter!

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The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M White



Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Sinclair, with her love of microscopes and nature, isn’t favored in society. She flees to the beautiful Isles of Scilly for the summer and stumbles into the dangerous secrets left behind by her holiday cottage’s former occupant, also named Elizabeth, who mysteriously vanished. 

Oliver Tremayne—gentleman and clergyman—is determined to discover what happened to his sister, and he’s happy to accept the help of the girl now living in what should have been Beth’s summer cottage . . . especially when he realizes it’s the curious young lady he met briefly two years ago, who shares his love of botany and biology. But the hunt for his sister involves far more than nature walks, and he can’t quite believe all the secrets Beth had been keeping from him.

As Libby and Oliver work together, they find ancient legends, pirate wrecks, betrayal, and the most mysterious phenomenon of all: love.


Strange but brilliant
Following the strange disappearance of a friend, Libby’s maid Mabena wants to return to her home on the Isles of Scilly to try and find her and since Libby is desperate to escape her family and loves seeing the natural world it seems a perfect way to combine the 2
Although Libby is one of the main characters, this books is set from all of the key characters point of view which I totally loved. It was a perfect blend that allowed me to see each side of the story and understand more than I otherwise would have 
This book is full of secrets, mystery, drama and intrigue which had me hooked right from the very start and unable to stop reading. It’s not a traditional romance story but I think that works so well because of that, the storyline and the characters aren’t traditional, they are all unique and I could almost see the drama being played out in front of me as the story felt so real
I also adored the setting of the Scilly Isles, it’s a place of mystery and magic and this book has made me really want to go explore
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story full of twists and turns that will have you totally captivated 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio


Roseanna M. White pens her novels with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of numerous novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to Edwardian British series. Learn more at www.roseannamwhite.com

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Playing the Duke’s Fiancee by Amanda McCabe


A pretend proposal

For the unconventional heiress

When American heiress Violet Wilkins crosses paths with William, Duke of Charteris, she has extremely low expectations of the “Duke of Bore.” But when this seemingly stuffy aristocrat offers her escape from a dreadful arranged marriage, she leaps at the chance! To her surprise, the arresting Charles whisks Vi into an exhilarating make-believe romance. And as she gets to know the man behind the title, she can’t help wanting more…


Captured my heart 
Violet is an American heiress and has agreed to a fake engagement with William, an English Duke to give them both breathing space from those who want to marry them but will a royal wedding trip to Russia change all that
I loved William, he is kind, funny and bound up in his duty but as he spends more time with Violet he becomes more of himself and allows himself to have fun, to allow his real personality to come out instead of his ducal persona. He knows what he wants but it may not always be exactly what he expected. I really enjoyed seeing him come out of his shell and become a more realistic and rounded person who I always wanted to know more about
Violet is an heiress with a passion for photography and she is living in a time of such change and development into it as an art that I loved to see her exploring and talking to people about her love for photos and that portraits don’t necessarily have to be staged but should instead show a persons individuality. Her joy and passion were what initially drew me to her but her anxieties as well as her happiness made her even more real to me. Her wonder at the Russian palaces and each new experience shone through the story and I was so quickly caught up in her enthusiasm and delight 
This book looks at a different part of society, the very top, with the English presentation to the royal family and the close relationships with various royals being something I don’t often read. I also totally loved the Russian wedding element of the story which worked so well and was brilliantly blended with history that it felt so real that I forgot at times that the characters weren’t actually there and I can’t google Violets name and see her pictures! This along with so much has put this book onto my to be read again and again pile
As you can see, I totally loved this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy a historical romance with a difference that will have you hooked from the very first page, desperate to know more 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.

Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey.

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Captivating the Cynical Earl by Catherine Tinley

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The cool, aloof earl

And the enchanting lady

For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone—unless his frozen heart thaws before then…


Full of emotion 
Jack is horrified that his brother Tom has gotten married and for love?? He is determined to get rid of Nell so he has his brother back but not everything goes to plan and he accidentally ends up insulting Nells best friend Cecily
I’m not going to lie to you, at the start of the book I totally hated Jack, he was stuck up, arrogant and so determined that his way was the only way but as the story developed and I started to understand more of Jacks character and what drives him, I started to love him. He has been hurt in the past and still carries around a lot of anger as a result of that and it really colours his world view but as Cecily challenges him and makes him look into himself, he starts to see what is important 
Cecily was a harder character for me to understand as to start with as I struggled to bond with her but as more of her character came through, her quick wit, clever arguments and brilliant business sense, she became more real to me and I quickly started to adore her, her relationship with Nell also really helped show that she was a lovable character once you had gotten past the exterior
Both Jack and Cecily have been hurt in the past and they need to challenge their demons before they will be free to become the characters that I know they can be. They both struggle at times but they are also headstrong and determined and their arguments made them seem more real to me and had me so wrapped up in the story so quickly that I ignored Jacks faults and really wanted to see what would happen next
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story full of emotion and drama with characters who you will quickly come to love, even if they drive you mad at times!
AM 🐾 x

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Catherine Tinley is an award winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021.

She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com,on facebook, twitter, and instagram

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The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall by Lotte James

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She arrived as a housekeeper
Will she leave as a countess?
To some, Thornhallow Hall might be tarnished by tales of vengeance and ghosts, but to new housekeeper Rebecca Merrickson it represents independence and peace from her tumultuous past. Until the estate’s owner, William Reid, the disappeared earl, unexpectedly returns… After clashing with him over the changes she’s made to the house, Rebecca slowly unearths the memories that haunt brooding Liam—and her defiance gives way to a shockingly improper attraction to her master!


One to read again and again

Rebecca is a housekeeper at Thornhallow Hall, a house with a bad reputation which had gone through 21 housekeepers before her. Liam is the Earl but has been gone from Thorhallow for years, the estate having nothing but bad memories for him but can the changes Rebecca makes to the house start to alter that belief 
I liked Rebecca, she is hard working and independent, she is determined and stands up for what she believes in. She isn’t perfect but I think that is what made me love her so much, she felt real and I could almost see her standing in front of me 
Liam struggles with being back home and with the changes that Rebecca has made to the house but thanks to her he starts to see things come back to life and the bad memories start to be less powerful, allowing in the good ones. He is strong, determined and aware of his position in society but he also likes Rebecca and allows her more leeway than maybe he should at times but through all this I could see that he just needed someone there who would support and understand without judgement. This vulnerability coupled with the rest of his character made me totally love him (after a slightly rocky start) and had me hoping for his HEA
Liam and Rebecca blur the lines between master and servant but it’s their characters and personalities rather than their titles that shine through in their relationship. One thing I did really enjoy with their arguments, neither willing to give in and both fighting for what they believe is right. I will admit that I did often side with Rebecca, mostly because I could understand her point of view and quite quickly Liam would as well! 
There are a fabulous supporting cast of characters in this book without who the story just wouldn’t have worked in the way that it does and I think they made me enjoy it even more than I would have done 
This book kept me up all night reading because I couldn’t put it down (the traditional one chapter before bed plan…) and I became so entangled in Rebecca and Liams world that it started to feel real to me and I was totally engrossed, desperate to find out what would happen next 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book filled with drama and the most amazing characters who you will love as much as I did 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director, but spent most of her life working day

jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to

finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she

can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration, or nestling with coffee and a


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A Duke in Time by Janna MacGregor

Katherine Vareck is in for the shock of her life when she learns upon her husband Meri’s accidental death that he had married two other women. Her entire business, along with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a royal supplier, is everything she’s been working for and now could be destroyed if word leaks about the three wives.

Meri’s far more upstanding brother, Christian, Duke of Randford has no earthly clue how to be of assistance. He spent the better part of his adult years avoiding Meri and the rest of his good-for-nothing family, so to be dragged back into the fold is…problematic. Even more so is the intrepid and beautiful Katherine, whom he cannot be falling for because she’s Meri’s widow. Or can he?

With a textile business to run and a strong friendship forming with Meri’s two other wives, Katherine doesn’t have time for much else. But there’s something about the warm, but compellingly taciturn Christian that draws her to him. When an opportunity to partner in a business venture brings them even closer, they’ll have to face their pasts if they want to share each other’s hearts and futures.



Totally brilliant
Katherines husband has died and upon attending the solicitors office for the reading of his will she discovers that he also married two other ladies without any of them knowing about each other. Christian is her late husbands older half brother and the person she looks to to support the other wives
I loved Kat, she is intelligent and has amazing business sense. She has had problems in her past that are threatening to catch up with her and cause problems in her new life but she doesn’t let that stop her from developing her business and helping Christian. She isn’t a traditional heroine but that only made me adore her more and at each new turn a different part of her character showed through making her the kind of heroine I wish I could be
Christian wants nothing to do with his brothers wives but something changes when he meets Katherine. He at times struggles to accept how she makes him feel but that made me love him even more as he allows his vulnerable side to show. He wants to help those who like himself have returned from the war and seeing him working with Kat to become the person who he wanted to be makes him one of my favourite hero’s
This book looks at a different side of life, supporting people who need it back into work, which I thought worked so well with both Kat and Christians characters and I could see them within their businesses and working together to come up with ideas to make them able to support more people
Kat and Christians relationship is almost forbidden but their chemistry, which leaps off the page, pulls them together and had me routing for them to get over the obstacles and be together
I totally loved this book and I would recommend it to those who enjoy a story full of drama characters you will adore and who’s lives you will get so entangled in that you, like me, will be hooked and desperate for the next one to come out!
AM 🐾 x

About the Author

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs.



“Janna MacGregor dazzles her readers with sexy stories that are also endearingly tender. Her characters tug at your heart-strings and make you sad to turn the last page.” ― New York Times bestseller Eloisa James

“Mesmerizing! Janna MacGregor pens enchanting characters and passionate romance that offers the perfect escape.” ― New York Times bestseller Lorraine Heath

“Janna MacGregor’s stories positively sparkle. Filled with heart, humor, and passion, she is an absolute must read!” ― USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell

“If…looking for something new with Austen’s spirit, humor, and dashing heroes, they can’t do better than McGregor.” – Entertainment Weekly

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The Devil and the Heiress by Harper St George

Sparks fly when a runaway heiress bargains with a devilish rogue to escape a marriage of convenience.

No one would guess that beneath Violet Crenshaw’s ladylike demeanor lies the heart of a rebel. American heiresses looking to secure English lords must be on their best behavior, but Violet has other plans. She intends to flee London and the marriage her parents have arranged to become a published author–if only the wickedly handsome earl who inspired her most outrageously sinful character didn’t insist on coming with her.

Christian Halston, Earl of Leigh, has a scheme of his own: escort the surprisingly spirited dollar princess north and use every delicious moment in close quarters to convince Violet to marry him. Christian needs an heiress to rebuild his Scottish estate but the more time he spends with Violet, the more he realizes what he really needs is her–by his side, near his heart, in his bed.

Though Christian’s burning glances offer unholy temptation, Violet has no intention of surrendering herself or her newfound freedom in a permanent deal with the devil. It’s going to take more than pretty words to prove this fortune hunter’s love is true…




Totally fabulous
Violet is the daughter of a wealthy American businessman and as such has many people clamouring to marry her, but her opinions don’t always matter. Christian likes Violet a lot more than he should and although her wealth is a draw, it’s Violet who is the real prize 
I loved Violet, she is always herself and is determined to do what she needs to to make her happy, including writing a manuscript and running away from her parents. She has been trapped in her life in London and dreams of freedom, especially when informed of the person she is supposed to marry. She is a strong and independent woman who knows her own mind and who won’t be forced to do something she doesn’t want to. Her relationship with Christian is at times strange but I think that really worked for her as a character as it allowed me to better see inside her head and understand her more which made me love her even more
I totally adored Christian, he is at times haunted by his past which drives him to do things differently, he has a certain reputation but people don’t see beyond the surface that he chooses to portray and the more complex character he hides. Christian is determined to get his own way, but he is also not so set in his ways that his mind can’t be changed and the more he gets to know Violet, the more intrigued by her he is. Christian is pulled all over the place by his emotions and seeing his turmoil made him feel so much more relatable and real. He wormed his way into my heart and I so quickly came to love him 
This book caught my attention right from the start and I was so pulled in that I really didn’t want to stop reading. Christian and Violets world felt so real to me and the turmoil and drama that they faced pulled me in deeper and deeper. It also kept me on my toes, just when I thought I knew everything a twist would happen which would add to the intrigue of their word and had me so emotionally invested in the outcome of their relationship 
I’m sure you have realised that I totally loved this book so it won’t come as a surprise to read that I would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a historical romance with a brilliant heroine and a tortured hero who will capture your heart 
AM 🐾 x

About the Author

Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since.

She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found devouring her husband’s amazing cooking and reading. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at www.harperstgeorge.com. You can also find her on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Goodreads.

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Return of the Scot by Eliza Knight

Scarred by the brutal ravages of war, Lorne Gordon, Duke of Sutherland returns to the Highlands to discover that his clan thought him long dead. His greedy half-brother has assumed his title, sold his family seat and disappeared with the fortune. Once he engineers the return of his title, he must convince the new estate owner to reverse the wholly legal sale with the promise that his half-brother, and the funds, will be found. However, that goal seems impossible when Lorne discovers the buyer is none other than his ex-betrothed’s sister.

After several humiliating attempts at securing a husband, Jaime Andrewson gives up on marriage and throws herself into her father’s business. She burns with vengeance towards the entire Sutherland family after their chieftain caused her sister’s fall from grace. Although she’d thought the man who betrayed her sister was dead, acquiring his property had been her main goal since taking over her father’s company. But with Lorne Gordon alive, vengeance is all the sweeter, for she desires only to watch him suffer.

Despite Lorne’s fury, he has to find a way to convince her to return what is rightfully his—even if he has to go so far as to marry her. Though out of practice with the arts of flirtation, there is one thing he does not lack—determination. With his pockets empty and a snarl on his lips, Lorne is determined to win her trust and her hand. When unexpected family secrets on both sides are exposed, Lorne realizes that wooing Jaime will be a bigger challenge than any of the other battles he’s ever fought, but it is one he refuses to lose.


A tale of families, lies and betrayal 
Lorne has been absent from Scotland for 8 years, first fighting a war and then as a prisoner and upon his return he finds out that his half brother has sold his castle to Jamie, the sister to his ex fiancé 
I loved Jamie, in a time when women were thought of as unable to do things she completely goes against that trend and runs her families successful shipping business. She is strong and independent, determined and at times slightly ruthless but this really worked for her character and made her come alive, especially as the book developed and allowed her to understand more about herself and become the person she could be
I will admit that I didn’t really like Lorne at the beginning, although he had gone through a terrible time he seemed very self entitled and willing to use his title of Duke to get what he wanted. He does eventually become likeable as his relationship with Jamie develops and his personality comes through. He regularly buts heads with Jamie and their arguments plus his reaction to them only caused me to like him more and more until by the end I had come to love him 
Both Jamie and Lorne are haunted by what happened in the past and this really affects their behaviours but as they start to realise the truth of what happened they became more self aware. They both developed so much in the story that they didn’t seem like the same characters who we met at the beginning 
There is an undercurrent of mystery throughout this book and I think this is what caught my attention and along with the drama of Lorne and Jamie’s relationship, it had me reading late into the night desperate to know what would happen and what the truth was 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of drama and mystery which will have you hooked within the first few pages
AM 🐾 x


About the Author

Eliza Knight is a USA Today bestselling author of many historical adventures. Escape to Scotland for irresistible heroes, courageous heroines and daring escapades. Join Eliza (sometimes as E.) on riveting journeys that cross landscapes around the world. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty puppies. If you like historical fiction, look for THE MAYFAIR BOOKSHOP coming out in April 2022.

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