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The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady by Virginia Heath

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The notorious Viscount And the most gossiped-about lady…

After years as a diplomat in the Napoleonic wars, Lord Eastwood is reluctant to return to London society. His scandalous divorce has made him infamous, not to mention cantankerous! To halt the rumour mill, he should marry a quiet noblewoman – instead it’s bold, vibrant artist, Faith Brookes, who’s caught his attention. They are the least suitable match, so why is he like a moth to a flame…?

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A fabulously unconventional read that had me hooked 
He is one of the most talked about men in London following his divorce. She is the daughter of an artist and an opera singer and when they are forced together their relationship blossoms but will their pasts come back to haunt them
I loved Faith, she was a great fun character, incredibly artistic and creative, she was willing and able to change her mind about Piers as she learnt more about him. She lives in Bloomsbury, cares a lot for her family and is used to being in the scandal pages just by talking to people thanks to her family’s background but this makes her seem more normal
Piers has always been drawn to people who stand out and when he meets Faith he is instantly captivated. He is nervous and tongue tied around her, thinking himself boring and not someone that she would ever be interested in, especially as she is a bit like his ex wife. I loved Piers right from the start, he is vulnerable but strong, incredibly intelligent and as he comes out of his shell he becomes even more loveable 
Both Piers and Faith have had a past full of scandals and on the surface they seem like very different people but they are drawn to each other, and a lot of their exchanges had me captivated and wanting to read more 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance where the characters are not the traditional regency characters but people you will adore 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Viscounts-Unconventional-Mills-Historical-Monde-ebook/dp/B08CKHQJPM

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Author Bio 

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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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A Bachelor’s Pledge by Penny Hampson

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The woman who haunts his dreams

Secret agent Phil Cullen is upset when he discovers that the young woman he rescued from Mrs Newbody’s establishment has absconded from his housekeeper’s care without a word. Thinking he has been deceived, he resolves to forget about her… something easier said than done. 

The man she wants to forget

Sophia Turner is horrified when she is duped into entering a notorious house of ill-repute. Then a handsome stranger comes to her aid. Desperate that no one learns of this scandalous episode, Sophia flees to the one friend she knows she can trust. With luck, she will never see her mysterious rescuer again.

But fate has other plans…

 Months later, Phil is on the trail of an elusive French agent and Sophia is a respectable lady’s companion when fate again intervenes, taking their lives on a collision course. 

Traitors, spies, and shameful family secrets – will these bring Sophia and Phil together… or drive them apart?

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A book with so much drama that it kept me on my toes! It’s going to be so hard to write this review without any spoilers but I will do my best
 
I will admit that I struggled with the first few chapters of this book but once I got into it properly I was totally hooked and read most of it on the train home in one go!
 
I loved Sophia, she is a very smart and resourceful character who had a difficult backstory which was more explained the further through the book I was which worked so much better than it being all at once. She is also very conscious of those around her and how what has happened to her appears given the rules of society 
 
I found Phil a fascinating character, his line of work made him interesting and showed me a world I didn’t really know existed, but also worked so well for him. He is aware of how he feels much earlier than Sophia and has a sense of honour that demands that he keep her safe from harm 
 
Phil is determined that he knows best, which at times I did find annoying, but Sophia doesn’t always agree which leads to sparks flying when they clash and in my opinion some of the best lines in the book. I have a perfect example but it would be a spoiler and is therefore something that I will let you read for yourself 
 
Set primarily in Falmouth, it gives a look at the ships and the navy around the time of the Napoleonic wars and it also challenges the gender stereotypes of the period and asks what are women capable of and what surprises will they bring
 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of drama with lots of twists and turns that will keep you on your feet 
 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Link – mybook.to/ABachelorsPledge

Author Bio

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Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.

Penny then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Penny joined the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and  three years later published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a historical mystery/romance and the first in The Gentlemen Series. An Officer’s Vow soon followed and the latest in the series is A Bachelor’s Pledge.

But never happy in a rut, Penny also writes contemporary suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Her first book in this genre is The Unquiet Spirit, published by Darkstroke.

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

For more on Penny’s writing, visit her blog: https://pennyhampson.co.uk/blog/

Twitter: @penny_hampson

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The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride by Virginia Heath

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Marriage…To the highest bidder

Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems―like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counter-offer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections? Or does Lydia dare hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?

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This is a book where the biggest question is can love conquer the past and embrace the future
Lydia’s family is in major debt and she has to marry to pull them out of the disaster. Her family chose a person who let’s be honest made my skin crawl just from his description, but there is another offer. Lydia’s family accused Owen of a crime and he was convicted and sent to the colonies for hard labour but he’s back in London and has offered to marry Lydia, the one girl he couldn’t forget, however there are conditions! 
I loved the character of Owen, he has been through so much and has fought back. He is a self made man who manages one of London’s most elite gaming clubs. He had never been able to forget Lydia and his feelings for her come through to the reader so strongly even when he tries to deny them which makes me adore him
I struggled more with Lydia to start with as she is so self assured and won’t accept what is under her nose which is so frustrating! She is a character who has been ignored by her family and doesn’t really know her own self worth which did start to help me to warm towards her as she seemed more real. As the story progressed I understood more that the facade she puts on is just that and that she is a much more likeable character
Thanks to my struggles with Lydia, I did struggle with this book to begin with but very quickly I understood what and why things were happening and became hooked wanting to know if there was any chance of happiness and who had committed the theft that Owen had been accused of. I will admit that was a twist I didn’t see coming! 
I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a fabulous historical romance with characters who were forced apart but who are now back together having to learn about themselves and each other again 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Link: http://www.getboook.at/scoundrelsbride

Author Bio 

Lilian Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Lady Edith’s Lonely Heart by Audrey Harrison

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A dashing tale of romance from a bestselling author of Regency Romance.

She is under pressure to find a husband she doesn’t want.

He keeps to the fringes of society because of family constraints.

Will the written word be enough to bring two lost souls together?

Lady Edith Longdon is an heiress, in danger of being classed a spinster, and disillusioned with the fops, dandies, and fortune hunters surrounding her in society. Deciding it’s time to take her future into her own hands, she devises a foolproof way of finding someone she can love. She’s convinced nothing could go wrong…

Lord Ralph Pensby, overwhelmed by a sense of obligation, and with no one he can turn to, is adrift from those around him…

Two people drawn together, both on a journey which will affect them in ways they could never have foreseen. Secret correspondence, mistrust and confusion, not to mention cads of the highest order, make this novel a fast-paced, heart-warming story, with appealing characters and a strong sense of time and place.

Perfect for lovers of all things Regency.

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Have you ever looked at the lonely hearts section of the paper and wondered what the story’s are behind the people? This is the first book I have read that looks into the history of this and that in this Georgian based novel the main character would need to advertise

Thing is what if you get a reply? Someone who intrigues you? Someone who suggests (in a non creepy way) that they know you?
I absolutely adored Edith, she came across as a very strong and independent character, even if she was limited at times by her mother 
Ralph I struggled with a bit more until I understood his situation and that what he was doing was protecting a family member. He was charming, if slightly anti social but he got under my skin. He’s the kind of person who I would want to spend time with
Although their story wasn’t overly traditional it was so well written that it drew me in and I read it in one afternoon. I was so absorbed that I forgot about my cup of tea! 
I have become a huge fan and am desperately waiting for the next story in this series as I’m completely hooked!
I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who enjoys a slightly non traditional historical romance with characters and a storyline that will pull you in and not let you go
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0852RMGJJ

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0852RMGJJ

Author Bio – AMAZONUK KINDLE STORYTELLER COMPETITION FINALIST 2018!

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Audrey was born about two hundred years too late. She wants to belong to a time when men were men and women were dressed in gowns and could float, simper and sigh.

In the real world she has always longed to write, writing a full manuscript when she was fourteen years old. Work, marriage and children got in the way as they do and it was only when an event at work landed her in hospital that she decided to take stock. One Voluntary Redundancy later, she found that the words and characters came to the forefront and the writing began in earnest.

So, although at home more these days, the housework is still neglected and meals are still late on the table, but she has an understanding family, who usually shake their heads at her and sigh. That is a sign of understanding, isn’t it?

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The Secrets of Lord Lynford by Bronwyn Scott

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I enjoyed this book, it’s so different from the traditional regency romance and a total breath of fresh air
Set in Cornwall, Eliza is a mining heiress who is fiercely independent at a time when marrying will mean that everything she owns will be turned over to a husband she doesn’t want that so vows not to marry. Her shareholders however want to wrestle control from her especially as she is refusing a mining tunnel under the sea due to safety concerns 
Eaton was lovely, a charming character who was so unlike a dukes heir that it was hard to imagine him as such. He enjoys science, he believes in learning through doing and because he can’t have children he try’s to find other ways of creating a legacy, one of which is a music school
Whilst I like Eliza I did find her a bit annoying at times, mainly because of her independence stopping her from accepting help in any way apart from people who may not want the best from her 
The setting was amazing and the book gave me an insight into the mining trade which I didn’t have any understanding of previously and which intrigued me. Eliza being a manager in a male dominated world also showed how strong she is and that she doesn’t have to be alone
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a break from the traditional historical romance with strong characters who know what they want
AM 🐾 x

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Mrs Sommersby’s Second Chance by Laurie Benson

I’m super excited as this is my first blog tour and what an amazing book to start with!

She’s played Cupid for others. Now she’s met her own unlikely match!

The final book of The Sommersby Brides quartet. Widowed society matchmaker Mrs. Clara Sommersby thinks self-made businessman William Lane is just the man for her neighbor’s overlooked daughter. He’s successful and confident, if emotionally distant, until suddenly—shockingly—his attention turns to Clara herself! She thought her days of romance were over, but is this younger man intent on giving her a second chance?

My review

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Clara Sommersby doesn’t want to fall in love, she has tried that and it nearly ended up with her in a debtors prison. Now she has the financial independence she craved, running one of the best hotel’s in Bath. William Lane came from the Foundling Hospital and is conscious that he doesn’t fit in with some of the higher society families, they look down on him because of his past. Clara doesn’t care for appearances and the person is more important than anything else, this is becomes more obvious as the story continues.

I loved the character of Humphrey the dog, he brought some lighter relief and a reason for Clara and Lane to spend time together. Humphrey was full of beans and Clara trying to train him would resonate with anyone who has tried to train a puppy!

The characters are very well written and although they are an older couple they didn’t seem that way in the way that they were portrayed. The main reminder was Clara’s concern over the age difference, their behaviors and actions made it feel that they were just any couple falling in love. It was nice to have an older couple as this doesn’t normally happen in romances, although for me they always seem to end up the same age in my head no matter what I try… It was a perfect ending to a series and it allowed Clara to have the attention and perhaps have a second chance at the happily ever after she thought would never happen

I enjoyed the split of narratives giving me a chance to see what both characters were feeling and their motivation for what they were doing, something I think I would have struggled with otherwise

This book was so fabulous and Laurie’s writing pulled me in so much that I read the whole book in one sitting and am now desperate to read other books by her!!

I would recommend this book to those who don’t want a traditional historical romance but one with characters who jump off the page with life experience making them a less than conventional couple

AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 
Laurie Benson is an award-winning author who writes flirty and frisky Regency romances. She began her writing career as an advertising copywriter, where she learned more than you could ever want to know about hot dogs and credit score reports. Now, she is happy to put that behind her and spend her time writing stories that take her and her readers on a romantic adventure. When she isn’t at her laptop avoiding laundry, Laurie can be found browsing antique shops, going on ridiculously long hikes, or sitting in her car on the school pickup line. She lives with her husband and two sons in a house filled with testosterone—even her bunny is a boy.

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The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

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Lady Penelope Campion is not the usual society lady. She looks after and protects lost animals and looks for the good in people, at the moment she has a goat, cow, otter and kittens running around her home along with a disabled dog with wheels in place of the legs that don’t work and a parrot. The parrot is how we meet our gentleman…

After the parrot escapes her house and flies into next door, Penny knows she must go and collect it, however although it’s late at night she believes the house to be unoccupied. Much to her horror she meets her new neighbour, Gabriel Duke in his bedroom in a most surprising encounter.

Gabriel has come up from the streets and has brought the house to do up and sell on, who wouldn’t want to live next door to a real Lady? Thing is Penny is eccentric but she has been summoned back to her family estates if she can’t prove why she needs to stay in London. Her aunt agrees to support her on the condition that Penny gets rid of the animals, she gets a new wardrobe and she must appear in the society pages. Wouldn’t be too difficult you think? Well due to a disastrous incident in her come out season she doesn’t really do the ton. Gabriel agrees to help her rehome the animals and a series of unique encounters bring them together but will it be enough to break Gabriel’s belief in the class divide ‘he wasn’t born one of them and doesn’t belong’?

Penny is assisted by characters that featured in Tessa Dare’s other novels, Emma and Ash, Alexandra and Chase as well as Nicola (whose story I hope gets written so I can enjoy reading about her happy ending) and the blending of the characters is really well done. You get the impression that they are a friendship group, admittedly brought together by the ladies, but who would stick together and support each other through everything

I enjoyed this book, it was well written and the story flowed. I really liked reading about Penny, she is the kind of society lady that I would aspire to be, I’m not going to fit in so I will make life my own

Things are never boring between Penny and Gabriel and their story is full of surprises as well as some oh so forbidden encounters

Tessa’s writing brings the reader closer to the characters and the lives they are living; they seem real and their lives are believable. It’s also not all about the ballroom which is different to many other books so it gives you the chance to see the other side of London. There is also a good split in the voices between Penny and Gabriel so there is a balance and understanding of what is happening in the characters minds which for me works really well

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a historical romance with a twist, it’s not your conventional romance but once you start reading you will be hooked!

AM 🐾 x

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Daring to Love the Duke’s Heir by Janice Preston

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Dominic, Lord Avon, is the heir to a prestigious dukedom and has realised that he needs to marry and provide a suitable heir. The lady he marries must have impeccable breeding, elegance, class and be from the right family, he has even come up with a shortlist of suitable young ladies! However when he meets Miss Liberty Lovejoy he finds himself thinking of her more than perhaps he should…

Liberty is in London to have a season and to support her sisters. Her twin brother, Gideon, has unexpectedly inherited an Earldom following a fire killing his distant relations. Liberty wants to protect her brother and believes that the person who is leading him astray is Lord Alexander, the younger brother of Dominic. She heads to the Dukes house to confront him and ask him to curtail Alex in a hope that it will stop the destructive patterns of behaviours and the past times that Gideon is getting into. The Duke however isn’t home and instead she confronts Dominic, at first believing him to be his brother

Dominic tries to protect Liberty, he knows better than she what could damage her reputation and her sisters prospects and they end up in a series of unconventional encounters across London

Can they overcome the social differences to be friends or more? Are they willing to risk themselves for actual happiness? Will their arguments and bickering, their closeness, attract too much attention and pull them apart?

I loved this book, I did a bit of a binge read, starting on the train to work and finishing at bedtime (sort of…) and I laughed more than once!

It is really well written and the characters feel real, this comes through especially in the voices of Dominic and Liberty. They had a good split of narrative and it helped me to feel more engaged with them and to understand their thought processes, why what was happening was happening and what they actually wanted

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical romance in which the main characters who have a bit of fight between themselves, a good energy and a fast paced story

AM 🐾 x

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