Decadent Deceptions by Keta Diablo

Decadent Deceptions

This week I picked another historical romance from my ever growing list of book trailers. I was hoping for something a bit different from my normal reads and I found it.

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Synopsis:

Desperate to win Morgan’s heart, Olivia Breedlove embarks on a reckless folly of finding a husband. Everything backfires when Morgan remains one step ahead of her and the game ventures down a path of duplicity and murder.

A decade ago, Morgan was a heartbeat away from taking Olivia’s virginity. Her father intervened and threatened to meet him over pistols if he even looked at his daughter again. Thaddeus is dead now and Morgan has no intention of ignoring the ravenous hunger he’s harbored for the blasted woman for years. One way or the other, he will quench his burning desire and make Olivia his forever. Romance, historical, mystery, voyeurism.


My Thoughts:

This historical romance had a little bit of everything in it. You have a daring lady who wants to push the limits at every turn, and a man who’s drawn to her, despite his every intention to stay away. Throw in some voyeurism, a bit of mystery and some humor and you have one hell of a story.

The level of eroticism was sizzling hot. At the same time, the author didn’t lose sight of the romance under all that decadence, which made the story enjoyable to me. I love a well rounded tale and this is exactly what I was looking for.

The characters were likable, the story believable, and the descriptions riveting. For those who like their historical romances with a bit of diversity, I highly recommend. I give this a solid five hearts.

(5 / 5)

Warrior’s Revenge by Coreene Callahan

Warrior’s Revenge

I’ve limited myself to Historical Romance for the next few weeks while I finish up Book Three of my MacKay’s Series. Reading outside of the genre I’m working on has become distracting.

This week’s pick for Book Trailer Wednesday is Warrior’s Revenge. This was placed on my to read list a few weeks ago after finding the book trailer on YouTube.

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Synopsis:

Sometimes the only way to love and redemption is to make a deal with the devil.

After the death of her parents, Lady Aurora de Marquise is left with no illusions and little faith. Stripped of her birthright and betrayed by her uncle, escape is her only option. With her life on the line, she narrowly avoids another murder attempt—only to run headlong into Lord Brigham de Mornay, a man most consider a monster.

With her uncle’s henchmen nipping at her heels, Aurora knows better than to trust a stranger—especially one as compelling as Brigham. Well-honed instincts urge her to flee before his abundant charm takes a nasty turn into aggression—and she ends up neck deep in trouble.

But when her uncle manages to track her, the game of fox and hound takes a perilous turn and she is left with the ultimate choice—risk everything trying to escape again or trust Brigham to keep her safe.

Set in northern England near the Scottish border, Warrior’s Revenge is a gritty, fast-paced medieval romance in which second chances are possible, and true love lies just a heartbeat away.

My Thoughts:

This is the first story I’ve read by this author, but I was impressed. This book was excellent from start to finish. I managed to read it in about a day and a half and enjoyed every minute.

Aurora – The heroine’s nickname is Rory. She loves horses and her lady’s maid is actually a man. She is strong and stubborn, a true fighter. Her secret longing is to be loved.

Brigham – A local Baron who has a bad reputation. He’s known as a monster by those who don’t know him, but beloved by those who follow him.

It had great character development and interaction. The chemistry between the Aurora and Brigham was sizzling hot. The dialogue was entertaining and the characters were actually likeable. I loved the way the scenes came to life with the author’s vivid details.

Favorite Character: My favorite character in this one was Brigham. I liked the way the author portrayed him. He was strong and commanding, but yet protective of those under his care. It was entertaining to see him win most of his arguments with Rory by seduction.

The only flaw I could find in the entire book was a few misplaced phrases, but I loved the story so much I easily ignored it. I do have to say I’m glad I was able to get the story in its entirety instead of the Kindle Serial version. Reading only a few chapters at a time before waiting for the next installment? That, would’ve driven me crazy.

I’m looking forward to reading more by this author. The Kindle price right now is $1.99, which is a steal for a 434 page novel. Highly recommend. I give it 4.5 hearts.

(4.5 / 5)

Dark Persuasion by Vicki Hopkins

Dark Persuasion

I picked this from my list of book trailers I have watched and enjoyed. The story line enticed me enough to buy the book. I especially found myself drawn to the blind twist.

 

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Synopsis:

Set in 1890 Victorian England, Dark Persuasion tells a romantic story of regret, restitution, forgiveness, and redemption. It is a triangle of deceit and love fueled by emotions of selfish pursuit, guilt, and surrender among three people who are prisoners of their past.

Patrick Rochester wins Charlotte Gray’s hand in marriage, but he is haunted with grief and guilt. When his blind wife finally loves and completely trusts him, the revelation of his identity threatens to destroy their life together. In the end, Charlotte learns that love can be blind for everyone–even her.

 


My Thoughts:

I have to admit I really didn’t like this book at first. The beginning seemed to drag out and I had a hard time liking the main character. I stuck with it, and do not regret my choice. Hopkins created a world and characters with her words that made you feel like you stood in the books pages.

Charlotte – Charlotte’s behavior and cruelty to the hero seemed off to me. Her constant bitterness made me want to slap her. Instead of enjoying what life gave her and the beauty that surrounded her, she constantly placed herself in the dark world she so morosely complained about.

While my opinion of the heroine didn’t change much, I really enjoyed getting to know the hero. Patrick was sweet and sexy which, unfortunately, made me dislike Charlotte even more.

The author did an excellent job with character development and description. I could even get a sense of the fear Charlotte felt living in the world of darkness. The author’s ability to portray the three main characters from multiple angles left me enthralled.

In the end, Charlotte redeemed herself in my eyes by opening her own a bit to the horrifying world that others lived in. While I didn’t care for the heroine, the story was well written. Though, it held a lot of dark undertones, in the end I enjoyed this tale. I would not mind reading other stories by this author. I give it 4 hearts.

(4 / 5)

The Brooding Beauty by Jillian Eaton

The Brooding Beauty

I’ve developed a list of books trailers, introduced to me during my normal social media interaction. I will continue to add to this list daily as I find more resources. Every week, I will choose a book from one of the categories on that list, and review it.

This week’s pick I found on Goodreads. The book trailer had the feel of an old home movie. That, simplicity is what attracted me to it. The Brooding Beauty is a shorter story, around 66 pages, instead of the typical novels I usually read. For me, short stories are always great for that quick afternoon read when you just need a small breather from life.

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Synopsis:

What happens after happily ever after?

The marriage of Lady Catherine Nettle and Marcus Windfair, the 7th Duke of Kensington, was declared the affair of the Season. They seemed perfect for each other… until they weren’t.

Now after three years of separation Catherine wants a divorce. She can no longer remain married to a man who does not return her love and is willing to do whatever it takes – including following Marcus to the secluded cottage in the highlands where they spent their honeymoon – to get what she wants.

Marcus can no longer trusts his wife after what happened three years ago, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love her. Refusing her ridiculous request for a divorce, he escapes to Woodsgate, confidant his wife will not follow him into the wilds of Scotland. Unfortunately for the Duke, this is one bet he is bound to lose.

Forced together, husband and wife reach an unusual compromise: Catherine agrees to sleep with her husband for two months, after which time Marcus will grant her a divorce. It is the perfect solution for two people who claim to no longer love each other… or is it?

My Thoughts:

Their own stubborn foolishness costs them so much heartache. A willingness to believe the lies of other’s instead of asking the one person they should trust. I enjoyed this short read. The characters developed quickly, with a full emotional spectrum, that touched the heart. If I had to find one complaint, it could only be that it was short. I loved the storyline so much, I wanted to read more about their relationship.

Favorite Line: “I would welcome the life of a pauper,” he whispered achingly. “If it meant I could spend just one more night in your arms.”

A wonderful love story with passionate and tender moments shared between a husband and wife. Her style of writing was refreshing as she brought each character to life. I would not hesitate to buy another book by this author. Lucky for us, all four books are available on Amazon for only $0.99 each or you can buy the complete set for $2.99. I give it 4.5 hearts.

(4.5 / 5)

Eternal Flame by Valerie Twombly

Eternal Flame

I found this book trailer a few months back on a blog of another author I follow. I placed the book on my to read list because the trailer peaked my interest in the story.

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Synopsis:

A woman he cannot have, a man who is only a dream…

When guardian Marcus Dagotto, discovers the gods have gifted him with a mate, he is pissed. He has no room for love and even less for a human who has no idea he exists.

Cassandra Jensen, has a shattered heart and has given up on men. Only one man can set her body on fire, but he is a fantasy that haunts her sleep.

Two worlds, one desire. When the two collide, fate will rip them apart and test their resolve. Will darkness and evil prevail? Or, will love conquer all?

My Thoughts:

There are some books I read that are so great I want to share every aspect of the story with others and this is one of them. I found myself rewriting my review several times to prevent spoilers. An amazing, well written story with lots going on.

Marcus – Best friend to the king he held the position of second in command. His true calling was as a healer to his race. A good man, who lost too much in his long life.

Cassie – A human nurse, who is haunted by dreams of a man that can’t possibly exist. When it comes to love, past wounds feed her insecurities.

This book has a bit of everything desired in a paranormal read. The blend of demons and dragons throw new facets of intrigue into the mix, especially when a war between dragons and vampires is declared. Let’s not forget Gods and their games, intricate realm builds and crude protagonists. Though the idea of vampires being the protectors of mankind is not a new one I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s new twist on this old concept.

Fast paced with multiple plot twists, well rounded likable characters and great action scenes. You add the humor with a bit of steam and you end up with a great read. There are several secondary characters I’d like to see again in their own story. Hello Baal…

I’m looking forward to more books from this series and I will definitely pick up other stories from the author. According to her website, Book Two: Fatal Desire is set to be released in March. I give this book 5 hearts. Excellent job.

(5 / 5)

The Ruby Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

The Ruby Brooch

This weeks’ book trailer came to my attention by accident. I usually spend an hour or so each day seeking book trailers to share on my facebook page. I try to share new trailers everyday to help support other authors. My three main sources are direct searches on YouTube, Goodreads and my twitter feed. An author I follow on twitter showed up in my search results. That recognition prompted me to watch the video and here we are.

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Synopsis:

From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky to the Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a time travel romance steeped in family tradition and mystery, follows a young woman’s quest as she attempts to solve the murder of her birth parents 160 years in the past.

As the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, grief-stricken paramedic Kit MacKlenna makes a startling discovery that further alters her life. A faded letter and a well-worn journal reveal that she was abandoned as a baby. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket that bears a portrait of a 19th century man, and a Celtic brooch with mystical powers.

After studying the journal, she decides to continue her father’s twenty-five year search for her identity and solve her birth parents’ murders. She adopts the persona of the Widow MacKlenna, a role she’s played in pioneer re-enactments, and a perfect cover for her eccentric behavior. Then she utters the incantation inscribed on the ancient stone and is swept back in time to the year 1852. She arrives in Independence, Missouri, one of the Oregon Trail’s jumping off points.

She soon meets Scotsman Cullen Montgomery, a San Francisco-bound lawyer who resembles the ghost who has haunted Kit since childhood. With Cullen’s assistance, she joins a wagon train heading west. The journey is fraught with dangerous river crossings, bad water, and disease. Nothing, however, is more dangerous than Cullen’s determination to uncover the source of her unusual knowledge and life-saving powers and expose the real Kit MacKlenna.

If she can survive the perilous journey and Cullen’s accusations and thwart his attempts to seduce her, she might find the answers she seeks and return home to a new life without changing history or leaving a broken heart on the other side of time.

This 19th century sensuous time travel romance comes complete with an ensemble cast who share a common goal. The children’s antics will make you laugh. The parents’ worries will make your heart pound. Kit and Cullen’s flirtatious banter will make you wonder what will happen between them. You’ll taste the dust from the trail, smell the burned coffee, feel the pain and tears when tragedy hits, and hear the cattle lowing. You’ll want to dance to the sound of the banjos and sigh at the sight of the sun setting over the prairie. You’ll share their hardships, their disappointments, and their celebrations. And at the end of the story, you won’t want to leave them behind.

Join Kit, Cullen, a handful of endearing animals, the Barrett family and Henry as they travel across this country by covered wagon. “If a man’s dreams could be painted,” Cullen said, looking out over a long line of wagons, “you’re looking at a masterpiece.”

My Thoughts:

After her parent’s deaths certain truths come to light that Kit finds hard to deal with, especially when it puts everything her daddy taught her in question. The thought of not knowing her roots, where she came from and who her true parents were drove her to take risky actions. She heads to a past and a way of life she only thinks she’s prepared for. Along the way she learns a lot of truths about herself that changes her forever.

Kit MacKlenna – A stubborn, opinionated 25 year old paramedic who tends to forget what century she’s in. She spends a lot of the book fighting against Cullen’s need to protect and her own desire to loosen some of her control an allow him to protect her.

Cullen Montgomery – A highlander, described by the author as part-highland-bard, part-American-cowboy and all man. Intelligence, leadership and a burning need to take care of others lands him as quasi leader and protector of a wagon train headed for Oregon.

Though I always have a favorite character in a book I don’t always mention it. This time around I thought I’d share both my favorite character and my favorite line. This book was filled with quotes from poets and plays, but it’s Kit’s private thoughts that held the most appeal for me. I found myself writing down many lines throughout the story, but narrowed it down to one for this review.

My Favorite Line: “Sometimes life is nothing more than a photo album full of goodbye pictures.”

My favorite character happened to be Frances. Though her part was a minor one I found the child’s forward nature endearing.

I found the premise of the brooch and everything it stood for a fascinating aspect of the story. The mystery surrounding the family especially the main character and how the author let events unfold allowed the reader to unravel the mystery right along with the characters. Rich with descriptions, fast paced and complete character development this book allowed you to conjure fully fleshed out characters in your mind with plenty of personality and sass.

My ability to get lost in the pages says a lot for the author’s writing style. I enjoyed getting to know each character. Laughing and crying with each scene as Kit works to uncover the mysteries of her past. Though American History is not always my favorite the author’s combination of fact and fiction peaked my interest and held me captivated to the end.

Great story, I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. I give this book 4.5 hearts.

(4.5 / 5)