Tuesday 30 October 2018

Kiss Me at Christmas: Playful Brides by Valerie Bowman (2018)

“Merry, intelligent, and wholly satisfying.”—USA Today 

"Sizzles with sensuality." - Publishers Weekly 

“Delicious and suspenseful.” —Kirkus Reviews
A spirited lady facing spinsterhood. A common man with a noble mission. And a surprise that just might be waiting for them under the mistletoe in Kiss Me At Christmas by Valerie Bowman.
Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf abhors Christmas. Carol singing and holiday cheer only remind him of a dark time. When a close friend calls on him for help, Daffin is happy to capitalize on the distraction. But when he learns the lovely Lady Regina is the one in danger, he’s to become bodyguard to the captivating woman...
Regina has one mission: to find a night of passion in the arms of a gentleman. Considered firmly on the shelf, Regina has given up on marriage—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be denied the pleasure married ladies experience. Daffin has long captured her attention…and when a threat calls him to her side, the sparks between them ignite. But how can a hired bodyguard find his way into Regina’s noble heart?


Valerie Bowman does it again. This book was so good I read it all in one day.
It is funny, has a host of charming characters and a very exciting plot full of suspense and drama that kept me turning the pages.
A romantic Regency mystery very worthy of five stars.

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Monday 29 October 2018

The Foundling Lady by Audrey Harrison, Narrated by Melanie Fraser (2018)


Fact and fiction come together to create a compelling historical romance. 
Miss Emily Wallis is a bluestocking whose parents have caused enough scandal for her to retreat from society.  
Mrs. Agnes Jones is living a lie which she is desperately trying to keep hidden.   
Viscount Robert Wilding is suffering from his injuries gained at Salamanca and the loss of his brothers.   
They are three damaged individuals who are on life-changing journeys in ways they could never have foreseen.   
None of them will ever be the same again.
©2017 Audrey Harrison (P)2018 Audrey Harrison


An excellent follow up to the Foundling Duke. Audrey Harrison has become one of my favourite authors in the genre.
In this story we see the twins who were separated at birth finally be reunited as adults and with their birth mother as well.
Their story is sad, bittersweet and full of surprises. 
The romance was well written and entertaining. The narrator, Melanie Fraser, gives a wonderful performance. I wanted to listen to this book all in one go as I couldn't put it down.

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Saturday 13 October 2018

The Secrets of Chateau Swansea: A Gothic Romance, R.C. Matthews (2018)

Publisher's information
When the hunter becomes the hunted ~

A grisly murder leaves a haunted estate without an heir, and a powerful medium scrambles to find answers from beyond the grave. 

Determined to escape the nightmarish memories of her childhood, heiress and psychic Maribeth Sommerset pursues the adventurous life of a psychic investigator, beginning with a murder and the spirits who hover behind at the haunted Chateau Swansea. 

Meanwhile, devoted steward of the chateau Arthur Dunn plays a dangerous game of deception to shield his employer's good name, landing himself at the top of Maribeth's suspect list.

Amidst scandalous secrets and destructive lies, will Maribeth uncover the secrets of Chateau Swansea before the killer strikes again? 

Don't miss out on this thrilling Victorian gothic romance!


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The mystery and the paranormal scenes really lent a supernatural and Gothic feel to the story. There were plenty of twists in the tale which kept me guessing and I was completely caught off guard when the killer was revealed.
I liked the romance. It was nice and subtle and didn't overshadow the main story.

I am still confused about title. The story is set in England but the people live in a chateau in Swansea.
I thought it was either going to be set in France or Wales as the family lived in a chateau in Swansea. It just didn't make sense.
There is no explanation why it's called a chateau as the characters are not French. It would be less confusing if it was a castle with an English name rather than a French castle named after a city in Wales but set in England.

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