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Review: Forgotten & Remembered: The Duke’s Late Wife by Bree Wolf

Forgotten & Remembered: The Duke's Late Wife (Love's Second Chance, #1)

Forgotten & Remembered: The Duke’s Late Wife
(Love’s Second Chance #1)
Author: Bree Wolf
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: November 22, 2015
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance
My Rating:

three point five

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One night, they find themselves under some mistletoe.
Now, he owes her a kiss. And she is determined to claim it.

HIS HEART TORN in two, Graham Astor, Duke of Kensington, mourns his wife. As he distances himself from everything that reminds him of happier days lost forever, he comes to realize that there is one thing he cannot run from.

Graham needs a new wife, if only for the sake of his daughter.

DISILLUSIONED WITH LOVE , Rosabel only wishes to not remain a burden to her uncle’s family much longer. After seeing her parents’ love turn against them, Rosabel dreams of an independent life as a governess.

But then a stranger asks for her hand in marriage, and to her utter shock her uncle instantly agrees.

Will Rosabel find love after all? Or will the memory of Graham’s late wife keep him from finding happiness?

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It’s been a while since I’ve read Historical romance and I’m so glad to have read this book. It makes me miss my very early reading days when all I’ve ever devoured were romance books where dukes and duchesses were being highlighted as characters. I enjoyed most parts of Forgotten & Remembered: The Duke’s Late Wife. It has a very original and emotionally-driven storyline that absolutely pulled my heartstrings!

This story is set in the 18th century in England and it talks about Graham Astor, Duke of Kensington, who became devastated when his wife Leonora died, leaving him and their little daughter Georgina behind. He could not find it in his heart to move on and fall in love with any other woman because his love for Leonora was deep. When he met Rosabel at a party a year later, he saw her as a ‘potential’ to become a good mother to Georgina, which forced him to propose a marriage to her despite the fact that it wasn’t because of love. Rosabel, a young and beautiful woman with a kind heart, has always been a woman who follows her uncle’s orders without a question that’s why when her uncle told her to accept the Duke’s proposal, she willingly accepted it, not knowing for sure what life awaited her once she become the Duchess of Kensington.

The book started out so good it basically drew me in. There was something about the author’s writing style that captivated me. Perhaps it’s the vibrancy of her words and the wonderfully described settings and characters that made me immediately embrace it. I loved how Graham was described as someone grumpy and a man of very few words as well as of how Rosabel came out to be a shy and a soft-hearted woman who has a way with kids. I also loved that the story remarkably ran in a good pacing.

However, I wished Rosabel’s character was well-developed here. All throughout the story, I found her lacking when it comes to confidence. She was always so insecure and unsure of herself, always being bothered by how Leonora had been a good wife, a mother, and a duchess. There were also some scenes here that were kind of redundant.

As for the romance, it was developed naturally. The main characters did not fall in love instantly which was so good! I loved how Graham and Rosabel’s attraction towards each other slowly grew and how Graham wasn’t able to discover Rosabel’s inner and outer beauty right away.

“Because the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew her to be the one woman who could make his life complete.”

The side characters were all amazing and with unique traits, especially Edmond Dunsworth (Graham’s brother-in-law), Helen (Leonora’s mother), and Georgina. There were scenes shared by Rosabel and Georgina that made me teary-eyed because they were just simply touching and adorable.

The ending left a wonderful feeling to my heart. It was sweet! It also brought a promising story for Edmond. I’m looking forward to reading his story in the future, as well! Overall, it’s a wonderfully written historical romance book. If you love this genre like I do, then I recommend you to check out this book!

(A copy of this book was provided by the author, Bree Wolf, in exchange for a honest review.)

Rating:

three point five

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Review: The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid

The Royal Conquest (Scandalous House of Calydon, #4)

The Royal Conquest
(Scandalous House of Calydon #4)
Author: Stacy Reid
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Publication: November 30, 2015
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance
My Rating:

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His dark seduction will be her undoing…

After being cruelly jilted by a lord who claimed to adore her, Miss Payton Peppiwell swore her future husband would be as ordinary as she. Now if only her family would listen to her. Then she meets Mikhail Konstantinovich, an untitled horse breeder, in a highly improper and scandalous encounter. Never had Payton expected to be so attracted to the dark, intriguing man, who seduces her to recklessness with a mere stare.

Mikhail abhors anything to do with intimacy. Yet Miss Peppiwell stirs hunger and a need long forgotten in him. But Mikhail has a dark past—one that means his lust must be sated in a way entirely unsuitable for a lady. But his biggest secret will be the hardest for Payton to overcome: Mikhail is not only titled, he’s a prince…

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Before anything else, allow me to fangirl first and ask Stacy Reid a question through this review. Were you Lisa Kleypas‘s apprentice? Because her writing and yours have the same impact to my heart. You are a historical romance genius!

Alright, on to my review. 🙂

The Royal Conquest seriously made me miss reading historical romance because I consider this genre my first love. In this book, I experienced such overwhelming feelings and love because Stacy Reid’s way of writing offers flawless romance and emotional depth.

This book is the fourth book of the Scandalous House of Calydon series. This time we get to know more about Payton Peppiwell, the younger sister of Phillipa Peppiwell fromThe Irresistible Miss Peppiwell. Payton, who was jilted by her fiancé Lord Jensen because of her previous family scandal, has already moved on and decided that the social circle is not for her. But when her visitation to Sherring Cross led her to meeting the alluring and devilishly handsome Mikhail Konstantinovich, her world tumbled upside down because of the inevitable attraction they both felt towards each other. However, Mikhail had some secrets that he was not willing to divulge to Payton and all of a sudden, Lord Jensen came into the scene once again to win her back and propose a marriage for the second time.

This book certainly has a lot of elements that attract a romance reader like me. One of these is the sexual tension which was very discernible and powerful that I was most definitely swooning the entire time and rooting for the two to end up together. The main characters are strong and very attractive and they definitely burst with amazing qualities. Payton especially enthralled me because of her love for books and writing.

Here’s one of my favorite conversations shared by Payton and Mikhail that made me laugh:

(Mikhail) “Do not be embarrassed. I possess a similar need to know all of your secrets. I hunger to know your passion, what you dream of, the food you love, what makes you angry, what makes you throw back your head and laugh without a care in the world, what makes your golden eyes darken with need, and what makes you moan in abandonment.”

(Payton) “Books.”

(Mikhail) “What?”

(Payton) “When I smell a new book and clasp the leather binding in my arms. I moan… in pure pleasure.”

The two of them have undeniable chemistry and it was endearing and a pleasure to read. The overall romantic plot is also raw and very enticing. It’s basically a book that makes it all difficult to tear your eyes away from it. As a whole, this book is an exquisite addition to the series. It was written with passion and it’s one with a great conflict delivery and remarkable resolve.

I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for her readers on the next books. Man, the series continues to get better in each book!

(ARC was given freely by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review)

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Review: Letters to Emily by Stacy Reid

Letters to EmilyLetters to Emily
Author: Stacy Reid
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication: December 9, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance, Romance, Erotica
My Rating:

five-stars

Two years have passed since Lady Emily’s beloved Maxwell went to fight in the war. With only letters and one hot night of loving to keep her warm on the coldest of nights, she tries to embrace the future after learning of his death at the Third battle of Picardy. One way to forge forward is to marry his twin brother, Marcellus Alexander Wynwood, The Marquis of Blackthorn, a man she does not love, but one who rouses dark needs in her.

Marcellus wanted Emily from the first moment he saw her two years ago, but had watched from a distance as his brother Max charmed her into falling hopelessly in love with him. In her state of grief over Max, Marcellus ensures her needs are met, breaking down her barriers, tormenting her with wicked erotic loving as he slowly binds her to him.

Despite this, he fears he will lose her once it is revealed that her beloved Maxwell lives. Marcellus prays Emily can surrender to his needs and soul deep desires.

MY THOUGHTS…

“Dearest Emily,

The only person I love as much as you is Marcellus. Do not let his cold, gruff exterior fool you, my darling. He needs your warmth and gentleness to rescue him as you did me.”

Thanks again, Ms. Stacy Reid for providing me a digital copy of this book. 🙂

Whoa. How can I say this? This novella is one helluvah hot and sexy read. *gasp* I very much had a great time reading this because who doesn’t want some quick and easy read?

Letters to Emily is a story of a woman who had serious and deep intimate feelings for twin brothers. Sounds like a love triangle? Yes, that’s exactly the mainstream of this novella. The only thing that makes it quite different is that both males basically cared and cherished her in an extraordinary way, to the point that they were willing to live with her for the rest of their lives, sharing her love without any demands other than being with her.

I applaud Ms. Stacy Reid for how she was able to elaborate and describe this challenging erotic tale. Though I admit some parts were quite disturbing (which was explained right at the very first page of the novel), the author’s writing style made every sexy scene sounds mild and just totally manageable.

This novella, however, is not entirely just about erotic sex. There’s more to it than that and it’s the undeniable feelings the three of them have for each other. This novella also conveys the importance of trust and total commitment in a relationship that involves three people.

As a whole, Letters to Emily is a very well done novella. I love the characters and the overall storyline. It’s an easy read and it’s an emotionally driven and amazing tale. 🙂

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: Sins of a Duke by Stacy Reid

Sins of a Duke (Scandalous House of Calydon, #3)Sins of a Duke
(Scandalous House of Calydon #3)
Author: Stacy Reid
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication: March 9, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance, Romance
My Rating:

fourstars

All of the young ladies whispered about the Duke of Mondvale in hushed tones, their eyes following his tall, dark figure with barely disguised lust. For the newly-ostracized Lady Constance Thornton, he is magnetic and altogether desirable. Irresistibly so. Since her reputation is already ruined in London society, why shouldn’t she be impudent and dance with the scandalous “Lord of Sin”?

Little does she know of his plans.

The beautiful and innocent Lady Constance is no mere plaything for Lucan Wynwood. She will be his revenge. By ruining her, he will have his vengeance against her brother. Except that the Lady Constance is full of surprises…and now she could well be the ruin of him.

MY THOUGHTS…

(A digital copy generously provided by the author Stacy Reid in exchange for an honest review) Thank you so much, Ms. Stacy!

I love historical romance! And this book totally sealed the deal for me. It was soo good! Once again, I was reminded of my college days when I was so attached with the Dukes, Earls, Lords, and other historical romance characters. So nostalgic!

Anyways, this book is the third installment of the companion series Scandalous House of Calydon. I have been following this series since the books were released and I could say that once again, Stacy Reid did not disappoint me.

The story centers on the beautiful character Constance or “Connie”, the younger sister of Sebastian and Anthony who were featured in the previous books. She fell instantly in love with the “Lord of Sins” Lucan Devlin Wynwood (Duke of Mondvale) the moment she first laid her eyes on him in a certain midnight ball. One night was all it took for her to realize that Lucan was her ideal man– the man she wanted to marry. But then, Lucan had raging feelings for his family, for Sebastian, in particular, that’s why in order to plot a revenge, he invited her to go out with him, make her fall in love, and basically leave her alone afterwards.

The book was somewhat a heavy and emotional kind of story. While Lucan was determined to avenge his sister by hurting Constance, he found himself slowly developing feelings for her. And this just made the story even more conflicting as well as romantic.

Now what I love about this book is the great chemistry between Lucan and Constance. They were like ice and fire and yet they totally click. I also love their character development. The author’s writing style, on the other hand, is also impressive. I like the way she used terms that basically make me feel as though I’m in the 1880s in London or something.

All in all, the book is superb! If you are a fan of historical romance like me, this one is for you!

Rating: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

five-stars

Tessa Gray should be happy—aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

MY THOUGHTS…

When two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.

I still could not move on right now. I was speechless and numb for quite a few minutes after reading this. Anyone of you who feels the same after reading a series-ender that is so epic and memorable you can hardly think straight? Ugh.

Clockwork Princess surprised me. And Cassandra Clare continues to surprise me to no end! I did not expect to love this series because honestly, Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince did not mean much to me at first because I found them quite dull but then— my feelings suddenly shifted after reading Clockwork Princess. I love it already! I love the whole series and the beautiful characters and the Shadowhunter world that it pains me to know that it already ended. 😦

And it’s so hard right now. Everything is heartbreakingly beautiful! I love how Cassie completed the series, no matter what happened in the end. Still. The Infernal Devices is so great!

Aarrgh! I know I’m not making any sense anymore, but I need a moment to recover from my book hangover. Like right now. :’-D

Ratings: 5 Stars

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