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Double Dose of Romance

Hi all! So, this week I’m doing another double-book feature. Why? Because I’m so behind… lol. That, and one of my favorite authors, Melanie Dickerson, has published 2 books recently (well, one was more late last fall, but it’s recent enough for me. lol) That, and she has a new one coming out soon that I can’t wait to dig into! So, without further ado, let’s dig into these recent books while I, for one, get excited about digging into the next!

 

Let’s start with The Golden Braid. The latest installment of her original fairytale retelling series, this one does a beautiful job with Rapunzel’s story.

 

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a kni519twhvahzl-_sx325_bo1204203200_fe better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncov
ers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

 

My thoughts? Rapunzel is a sweet character, with a good heart, but no pushover. She can protect herself, and has an inner strength to fight for what she wants. Then there’s Sir Gerek, a knight who’s a bit arrogant and driven, but after agreeing to help Rapunzel with her greatest wish, seems to have a sweet side as well. Though at first they seem to butt heads, these two find a way to understand each other in ways that no one else seems to understand. When Rapunzel discovers a mystery in her own past, she begins to question everything she knows, and who she can trust. Can Gerek prove that he’s trustworthy enough, and can Rapunzel gather the courage to go after what she wants? Though a beautiful tale in itself, it also builds onto the world of Hagenheim, and answers some questions woven through several of the previous books, and if you’re a fan of The Princess Spy, there’s a bit of a bonus as you get to read about some of those events from other eyes. It’s a beautifully written story with engaging characters and a plot filled with twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat ‘til the last page. 

 

And the other, most recent book by Melanie Dickerson, is certainly a shock as she begins a new series by branching out into the Regency era. As I’m sure you’ve all guessed by now, I do love a good Regency, and A Spy’s Devotion does not disappoint!

 

In England’s Regency51tionxmmhl-_sx331_bo1204203200_ era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

 

Let me tell you, this novel was amazing, encompassing the Regency era in all its enjoyable nuances. Julia Grey is a poor relation to one of England’s powerful families, but who has a good heart and deep understanding of the Ton and politics of the ballroom. Then there’s Nicholas Langdon, who is no stranger to war or a battle, but now must learn to fight with words when he’s thrust into a plot against England herself. As he finds himself drawn to Julia’s intellect, he also finds an ally in her, though he is reluctant to bring her into the danger. Though Julia could lose everything, she cannot just sit by if she can do her part to fight for her country. As they find themselves drawn closer together, they also find themselves being pulled further into the dangerous plots. Can they navigate the treacherous waters, and save England’s greatest hero? Or will they find themselves caught in the storm and at the mercy of those who hate England? This story brilliantly weaves together the beauties of the Regency ballrooms, and manners and customs of the ton, along with espionage and intrigue of the war with Napoleon. It’s a great blending, with a suspense-filled plot, and a story I highly recommend.

 

So… interested? While they’re two different styles, one a medieval fairytale and the other a Regency suspense, they are both wonderfully crafted novels with beautiful romances. I’ll be posting the links for the books below, as both are available on Kindle while The Golden Braid is also available for NOOK, along with my favorite, print versions of course. And do feel free to check out Melanie Dickerson’s website, along with her Facebook and Twitter, to get all the up-to-date info on her future books, including The Beautiful Pretender coming out next month, and The Silent Songbird, that’s sure to be an interesting take on The Little Mermaid story.

 

The Golden Braid: Kindle, NOOK
A Spy’s Devotion: 
Kindle, B&N

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Murder, Intrigue, and Romance

Hello! I am finally back, and I have a wonderful review of a recently released book! The amazingly talented Roseanna White has released the second book in her Ladies of the Manor series: The Reluctant Duchess. Curious as to what the book’s about?

A Riveting Edwardian Series Set among Britain’s High Society
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Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough–not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has found himself in possession of a rare treasure his enemies are prepared to kill for. While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when Rowena’s father tries to trap Brice into marrying his daughter, Brice makes a surprising decision.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she’s reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’s about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.

My thoughts?

It’s a spectacular second book by this amazing author! The mystery and suspense continues, this time to the Scottish Highlands. Brice is a good man, always wanting to help, and especially follow that little voice he hears every now and then. But, he never expected his desire to help, or God’s call, to lead him to marry a complete stranger. Rowena may be the daughter of an earl, but all she knows is to be a quiet Highland lass, and never believed herself to be worth anything more, especially after she is viciously attacked by the one person she thought loved her. She certainly never believed she’d be saved by an English Duke when he offers to marry her and whisk her away. Complete strangers, they are both forced to try to learn about the other, and in the process, discover themselves. The banter between them is wonderful, and the romance is sweet. I especially love the message woven in about each learning to respect the other. But, whilst they try to make their marriage work, they are thrown deep into the murderous intrigue surrounding the precious items Brice now possesses. Can they learn to listen to the other, and trust each other in order to survive? Or will the curse prove too powerful and destroy a love newel formed? With wonderful twists and turns, a stunning narrative, beautiful messages about listening and following God’s direction, and of course a love story to melt the heart, this is a novel I recommend to any who enjoys a good English historical.

(In full disclosure, I received a copy of this book for my honest review. The thoughts written above are mine.)

Intrigued? You can find this wonderful book in a bookstore near you (and of course online), or you can get
a e-copy for your Kindle or NOOK. And check out the author’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter for all her latest news, including the release of the third book in the series. 😉

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Adorable Regency

Hello! Okay, so I’m really bad at getting these reviews up. That and life seems to just keep getting busier, lol. This week’s review is the start of a new series by the wonderful Jenni James: The Bluestocking and the Dastardly, Intolerable Scoundrel.

51tr7uyafll-_sx355_bo1204203200_Lord Alistair Compton could not believe Lady Lacey Lamb had the boldness to cut him in the middle of the Huffingtons’ ball. She flatly refused to stand up with him! He responded the only way a man of his consequence could—by placing a wager at White’s. Lady Ice would fall hopelessly in love with him before the Season was through.

Lacey had never been so appalled, so shocked, so scandalized! How dare the monstrous buffoon treat her so horridly, guaranteeing the gossips banter her name about over a ridiculous wager? It was not to be endured. With the help of her brother, Lord Melbourne, a counter bet was placed, and the stakes were high—for who could resist falling for the lovely bluestocking when she was most definitely in the right?

My thoughts?

Jenni James certainly knows what she’s doing with fairy tales, and even Jane Austen retellings, and her venture into the Regency realm proves that she’s just a great there. This book was a blast, from the very beginning. After all, what better word is there to describe a book that starts with a bet over whether a scoundrel or ice-hearted lady would fall in love with the other first? Lady Lacey Lamb is a darling woman, one with a quick wit, high intelligence, and a heart of gold. She may hate the ton, but she has no problem using her position to help others however she can, as long as she stays away from the arrogant idiots, especially Lord Alistair Compton. After being given the cut by her, his wounded pride sends him to bet that he can make her fall in love with him. However, he never expected that ‘Lady Ice’s heart to be the warmest of all, or that her putting him in his place was enjoyable. These two are so adorable to read together, watching their stubbornness get in the way as much as help. It is certainly a sweet regency to read, and a great start to a new series of books by this wonderful author.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Interested? You can pick up this charming novel here, and feel free to check out this wonderful author’s website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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