Historical Romance

A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Patience Jordan has been falsely imprisoned. She has lost everything, her son, her money and any life she ever wanted for herself. Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington has moved into her house and is the guardian to her son. Patience takes a job as nanny to her own son. –Isn’t this the best premise? I was so excited to receive an early copy of this book. I loved it. I loved the relationship and how it developed. I love Patience. I think she was an extremely strong woman.. especially with the rough hand she was given. 

The only downside of this book was the beginning was a little bit confusing. But everything gets explained and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Thank you netgalley for the early copy of this book!

Historical Romance, Young Adult

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

4 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I own alot of Jenn Bennett books but for whatever reason have never read them. I will be fixing that mistake soon! Because this book was phenomenal. The writing was so good. But what really stood out to me were the characters!

Theo and Huck were both so much fun to read about. I loved following them on their rescue mission. Where they learn about witches and curses and ghosts. And we find out who Theo’s ancestors are. Here’s the thing that I loved most; Huck was scared. He wasn’t running into danger. He kind of let Theo take the lead and he provided support and a great sense of humor. But I freaking adored that about the characters. They felt so real. I loved them. 

The only downside to this book was the ending.. I hated it. I was hoping for so much more. It was eft completely open. I have heard that the author would like to write a second book but that she doesn’t know if it’ll happen. So yeah.. I took off a whole star for the bad ending. I hate feeling unsatisfied after reading a book.. especially a book that I loved

Historical Romance

Nothing Compares to the Duke by Christy Carlyle

5 out of 5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book!

Arabella and Rhys were childhood friends. They did everything together. Until her 18th birthday. Arabella realized that she saw Rhys as more than just a friend and Rhys broke her heart. We jump forward 5 years. Rhys is is a scoundrel of the worst kind. He throws wicked parties and dallies with way too many woman. His father dies and he is now the duke and has too many responsibilies.

Arabella has turned down 5 proposals. She has plans of her own and none of them include getting married. Her family wants her to get married. So to advoid this she inlists Rhys help. They will pretend to get engaged to get her family to back off and she will help Rhys with his ledgers and his sisters first season.

I loved seeing these two grow back together after 5 years of not talking. Arabella was such a strong female lead. She wanted her Independence and Rhys soon realized that he was a cad and that he wants her.

I have loved each book in this series. Christy Carlyle has a way of writing very flawed characters but making you love them even more for it. I highly recommend this book and this series in general.

Thank you netgalley and publisher for an early copy.

Historical Romance

Gone With the Rogue by Amelia Grey

3.5 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Gone With the Rogue is the second book in the First Comes Love series by Amelia Grey. But it can also read as a stand alone if you haven’t already read the first book.

Julia is a widow with a 4 year old son. Her father in law(the duke) controls every aspect of her life, down to what a proper widow should wear. All Julia wants is a little bit of freedom and to be in charge of her own sons upbringing. Garret is the owner of a shipping company and he is ready to settle down. He is tired of living the life of a roguish sailor.

I liked this book for the most part. I really enjoyed the beginning of the story. Julia meets Garret while stuck in a tree. Their meeting was really sweet and made me fall for Garret. He is drawn to her right away and knows he wants her to be apart of his life. I liked that he didn’t fight his feelings. Julia kind of annoyed me. She wanted her freedom to make her own choices but still was very focused on what society would think. I still liked her but she was very inconsistent.

The real problem I had with the book was that it become solely focused on the duke. Julia constantly worried about where he was or what would happen if she got caught. I know that the plot of the book was to expose the duke for someone he wasn’t but I think it was too focused on him instead of the growing relationship with the two characters. I just didn’t care about the Duke plot. I wanted more with the relationship.

Overall I say this is a solid historical romance. It was an enjoyable read. I say if you like a rogue who is actually isn’t very rogue like and a woman who just wants what is best for her and her son, then give this one a try!

Thank you St Martins Press and Netgalley for the early copy of this book.

Historical Romance

The Unsuitable Duke by Suzanna Medeiros

3 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I think this book had a lot of potential but unfortunately the story fell short for me. Charles the Duke of Castlefield has decided that he intends to marry Ellen, the girl who was his best friend when they were little but he pushed he away as they grew up. Ellen was married to a terrible guy.. luckily he died. So Charles decides he’s finally going to make his move.

I know that was a jumble of an explanation but that’s the gist of the story. That’s all good. I like when childhood friends get together. I just didn’t feel any connection with the characters. Zero. Zip. Nothing. And not just with Charles and Ellen but Ellen and Charles’ sister.. or even Charles and his sister.. There wasn’t enough backstory to feel the connection. You can’t just say that 2 people were friends and that’s it. It doesn’t feel real.

Anyways… I think the book could have been better. It wasn’t terrible but it just wasn’t great.