Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #RegencyRomance The Work Of Art by @MimiMatthewsEsq

Today’s team review is from Liz, she blogs here https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Liz has been reading The Work Of Art by Mimi Matthews

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Phyllida Satterthwaite is presented to us surrounded by a cacophony of misbehaving dogs, all of whom she owns and cares about. Insisting on bringing them to the London home of her uncle Edgar Townsend, she must soon find a husband to provide for her, now she is penniless.  It is apparent that she puts animals before people and she seems unaware of her beauty, only thinking herself odd because of her mismatched eye colours.  But for one person, the Duke of Moreland, she is a work of art, which he wishes to add to his collection.

It might have gone according to Townsend’s plan had it not been for the noble actions of Captain Arthur Heywood, but what use is he, so badly injured from the battle of Albuera that he can hardly walk. Yet Arthur and Philly are drawn together because they don’t fit into the artificial society of Regency London.  Arthur fears a terrible fate will befall Philly and he is prepared to use his wealth, and power to keep her safe.  But can there be a happy ending?  Arthur is damaged, physically and mentally, while Philly is an innocent, gentle girl who longs for independence and a safe place to look after her animals.

As with all Miss Matthews’ novels, it is the conversations between hero and heroine which catch the imagination. As love grows, problems increase. Philly is still in danger and Arthur is not fit enough to protect her.  There are credible misunderstandings and a complex plot but the intimacy of this delightful couple is such a pleasure to read.

Book description

An Uncommon Beauty…

Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Far worse, it’s caught the eye of the sinister Duke of Moreland–a notorious art collector obsessed with acquiring one-of-a-kind treasures. To escape the duke’s clutches, she’s going to need a little help.

An Unlikely Hero…

Captain Arthur Heywood’s days of heroism are long past. Grievously injured in the Peninsular War, he can no longer walk unaided, let alone shoot a pistol. What use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good name.

Can a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her–and her heart–in more danger than ever?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of Regency #Romance Her Midnight Sin by @sofie_darling @SoulMatePublish

Her Midnight Sin (A Shadows and Silk Novel)Her Midnight Sin by Sofie Darling

4 stars

Her Midnight Sin is a Regency romance. Callie is a widow, who currently runs Wyldcombe Grange in Devon. It’s part of Viscount St. Alban’s estate, and one he wishes to sell off. But it’s Callie’s home and she’s poured her heart into making it turn a profit; she can’t stand the thought of losing it all. In her haste to raise the funds to buy the property herself, Callie strikes a deal with a notorious pirate.

John Nylander is a law-abiding captain of The Fortuyn. An orphan, he was raised by Viscount St. Alban’s sea-faring family. Chance circumstances and a bout of malaria have him sent to Wyldcombe Grange to convalesce. Once recovered, he admires the way Callie runs the estate; it would be just the place he would like to have for himself.

To Callie, Nylander is the very attractive enemy; a man who has the means to take away her precious home. She’ll do anything to stop that happening.

Set on the rugged coast of North Devon, this is a romance full of passion and heart-ache. I like stories with a connection to the sea and the pirate theme was an added bonus. The romance worked well and I admired Callie’s determination to keep her home. Ideal for those who enjoy this genre.

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Book description

Like a vengeful Norse god, Captain John Nylander has come from the sea to steal the only home that Callie has ever known. And that might not be all he’s after.

Can a Viking…

Orphaned as a child, Nylander has never known a real home. Now he is ready to leave the dangers of his past behind and put down the roots he has always longed for. The only thing standing in his way is a lanky aristocratic lady who is more at home on the farm than in the ballroom. And she has secrets…

And a Viscountess…

Callie, the Dowager Viscountess St. Alban, has poured all her energy into making Wyldcombe Grange her home. Managing an estate is not what she dreamed of, but her late husband’s rejection made it clear that love and a family would never be hers. Now she may lose even that to the sinfully handsome Captain. But Nylander is making her dream again…

Turn passion into love?

Nylander inspires a recklessness in Callie that she can’t control. Soon she finds herself conspiring with pirates and contemplating midnight trysts with the very Viking who has turned her life upside down. For Nylander, being with Callie embodies everything he’s always wanted—home. As midnight strikes, will all their secret, sinful dreams come true?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of Regency #Romance The Uncompromising Lord Flint by @VirginiaHeath_ #TuesdayBookBlog

The Uncompromising Lord Flint (The King's Elite #2)The Uncompromising Lord Flint by Virginia Heath

4.5 stars

The Uncompromising Lord Flint is a Regency romance and is part of The King’s Elite series. It features nineteenth century espionage and smuggling.

A dangerous and highly organised gang of smugglers are believed to be supporters of Napoleon. They are raising arms and funds to restore him to leadership. Lord Peter Flint and his associates have been on the trail of this notorious gang, hoping to break them, but they’ve had few leads.

Some recently decoded letters, written by Lady Jessamine Fane (Jess), have pointed to the Comte de Saint Aubin de Scellon, a rich and influential supporter of Napoleon. Flint believes Jess is the link between France and England, and swiftly moves to capture her.

He hopes that Jess’s arrest, and possible trial for high treason, will flush out other members of the English peerage. But he’s not prepared for his growing suspicions that Jess may be a victim, rather than the traitor they first thought. With Jess now in grave danger, Flint takes her to his family castle in Cornwall for protection.

This mini-series is a spin-off from the Wild Warriners books. Ideally I would recommend reading them all in order, but if the story appeals and you have limited time, then I suggest starting with book one of the King’s Elite tales – The Mysterious Lord Millcroft. I’m a fan of Ms Heath’s style, the narrative is always fresh which can be hard in a popular genre. I do recommend this for anyone who enjoys historical romance.

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Book description

Part of The King’s Elite. Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane’s under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. A task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only, it’s not long before Flint realizes tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of #Romance Regency Surrender: Notorious Secrets by @MargueriteKaye

Regency Surrender: Notorious Secrets: The Soldier's Dark Secret / The Soldier's Rebel Lover (Mills & Boon M&B)Regency Surrender: Notorious Secrets: The Soldier’s Dark Secret / The Soldier’s Rebel Lover by Marguerite Kaye

4 stars

This book consists of two stories.

The Soldier’s Dark Secret (story #1 of the Comrades In Arms series) is a Regency romance. It opens in England in 1815. Jack Trestain has recently resigned his army commission and is staying with his brother’s family at Trestain Manor. Jack is suffering from recurring nightmares caused during his time with the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic wars.

Celeste Marmion is a French landscape artist. She has come to England to paint some pieces for Jack’s brother and to find answers to a family mystery. Estranged from her family for most of her life, Celeste’s late mother left her a letter hinting at family relatives that Celeste has never known.

Celeste is just the distraction that Jack needs, and he offers to help her search out answers. She has few clues; just a locket and a ring.

Once Celeste has finished her painting, they travel to France on the trail of lost relations. The search has a healing effect on both of them as their feelings for each other increase. This was an easy read, in places a little predictable but still a pleasant historical romance.

 

The Soldier’s Rebel Lover (story #2 of the Comrades In Arms series) is a Regency romance. This story is mainly set in Spain and begins in 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars.

Finley Urquhart is on a reconnaissance mission when he meets a member of a partisan group. Shocked to find it’s a woman, he’s impressed when she eventually discloses her link to the famed rebel known as The Ghost or El Fantasma.

Two years later, the war is over, but loose ends need tying. El Fantasma is a thorn in Spain’s side; he speaks out against the elite rulers and King Ferdinand wants him silenced. Word of the crackdown on former partisans has reached England. The Duke of Wellington is concerned about the sensitive information that the rebel leader might leak, if captured. He too wants El Fantasma silenced.

Finley is sent back to Spain. He starts his search by following leads to the rebel woman he met. When he does find her, he’s shocked by the secrets she keeps, but the pair must move fast as the Spaniards are hot on their trail.

There’s a lovely Spanish vineyard setting for much of this story of romance and rebellion. A solid second book in this series.

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Book description

Which will it be hero or rebel?

The Soldier’s Dark Secret

If only Jack Trestain could easily put aside the tortured memories he carries deep within… Perhaps Celeste Marmion might be the distraction he so desperately craves? With Celeste’s every touch an exquisite temptation, how close can Jack get without revealing his darkest secret of all?

The Soldier’s Rebel Lover

Two years after they first met Finlay Urquhart has one final duty to perform for his country – one that reunites him with Isabella Romero! Isabella is now a woman filled with secrets, ones she can’t let him uncover. But soon she finds herself letting her guard down… one scorching kiss at a time!

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of Regency #Romance His Rags To Riches Contessa by @MargueriteKaye

His Rags-To-Riches Contessa (Mills & Boon Historical) (Matches Made in Scandal, Book 3)His Rags-To-Riches Contessa (Mills & Boon Historical) by Marguerite Kaye

4 stars

This Rags-To-Riches Contessa is a Regency era romance set in Venice.

It opens in the infamous streets of The Rookery of St. Giles’, London; a dangerous place. A woman known as The Procurer has been asked to employ a woman with both acting and card-sharp skills.

Becky Wickes is hiding from the authorities after a public scandal where she was accused of fleecing a minor member of the Royal family. If she’s caught, she’ll be hanged. So when The Procurer offers her the chance of escape, she gladly takes the job.

Luca del Pietro wants Becky to make a man destitute; a man who murdered his father. By day she’ll be pale, shy cousin Rebecca, but by night she’ll be disguised as the mysterious card player, The Queen Of Coins.

The book has a colourful and opulent setting. Luca wants Becky to play cards during the weeks of Carnevale, when Venice is alive with masks, costumes and when gambling is allowed. I really enjoyed all the descriptions of Venice and its society, particularly the waterways, palaces and the idea of rooftop gardens in a city of water. This was a refreshing scenery change to other books I’ve read in this genre. Recommended to readers who enjoy historical romance.

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Matches Made in Scandal story: To catch his father’s murderer, broodingly arrogant Conte Luca del Pietro requires help from a most unlikely source—Becky Wickes, London’s finest card-sharp. Against the decadence of Carnival, Becky’s innocence and warmth captivates Luca, but as their chemistry burns hotter the stakes in their perilous game are getting higher. For Luca is no longer playing only for justice—but also to win Becky’s heart…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of Regency #Romance The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by @VirginiaHeath_

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft (The King's Elite #1)The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath

4 stars

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft is a regency romance. Written as part of the King’s Elite mini-series, the book has links to The Wild Warriners, but it can also be read as a stand-alone.

It opens in 1820 Nottinghamshire. Seb Leatham is currently recovering from a serious bullet wound. Whilst a patient, in the home of Dr Joe Warriner, Seb meets Lady Clarissa Beaumont.

Lady Clarissa has her eyes set on capturing a certain Duke, but despite all her best efforts, The Duke of Westbridge is dragging his feet over a marriage proposal. When Seb returns to work, he’s given an undercover job which requires him to pretend he is Lord Millcroft. The aristocratic role makes him uncomfortable until he persuades Lady Clarissa to help him with his cover story. She in turn hopes to use Seb to make her Duke jealous enough to propose. There follows a delightful simmering romance.

I’m currently enjoying reading books in this genre and this one is a lovely off-shoot of the Wild Warriners series. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet found the books which are linked to this one, to start at the beginning to get the best overall experience.

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Book description

Life as a duchess…

Or something much more dangerous?

Part of The King’s Elite: constantly told her beauty and charm are all she has to offer, Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastian Leatham will help her! Only, first she’ll assist him with his new assignment—playing the part of confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft. Sebastian awakens a burning desire within Clarissa that leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…

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#NewRelease Regency #Romance Lady Olivia And The Infamous Rake by @JaniceGPreston

Lady Olivia and the Infamous RakeLady Olivia and the Infamous Rake by Janice Preston

4 stars

Lady Olivia And The Infamous Rake is a regency romance. This is book one of the Beauchamp Heirs series, and has minor roles for characters from the earlier Beauchamp Betrothals books.

This is the story of eighteen-year-old Olivia. She might be the catch of the season, but Olivia feels stifled by a protective family and rigid rules of society. Lured by the wonders of London, Olivia bribes her brother Alex to escort her, one evening, to Vauxhall pleasure gardens. Here they are invited to join a dubious group of partygoers. Alex is soon distracted and leaves Olivia plied with drink, playing cards and unchaperoned.

Lord Hugo Alastair finds himself rescuing her and is soon enchanted by her family loyalty and her mischievous persona. He offers to help ‘look out’ for her brother Alex, whilst helping Olivia retrieve her necklace which she’d previously wagered.

The pair are certainly attracted to each other, but as a second son, Hugo has few prospects to offer the daughter of a Duke. This was a sweet romance. I’ve previously read the Beauchamp Betrothals where the main characters are older, featuring Olivia’s father, uncle and aunt. Now this new series offers romance for the next generation. Ideal for those who enjoy an historical romance.

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Book description

“He’s completely unsuitable…

he’s a rake.”

Part of The Beauchamp Heirs: after being plucked from peril by resolute bachelor Lord Hugo Alastair, Lady Olivia Beauchamp is secretly outraged that he doesn’t even try to steal a kiss! He’s a notorious rake among the ton, and as a result, utterly forbidden to an innocent debutante like her. But their attraction is magnetic. Will she risk her reputation for a passionate encounter?

About the author

I grew up in Wembley, North London, with a love of reading, writing stories and animals. After leaving school at eighteen, I moved to Devon and any thoughts of writing became lost in the hectic rush of life as a farmer’s wife, with two children and many animals to care for. When my children left home for university, I discovered a love of history and of the Regency period in particular and began to write seriously for the first time since my teens.
Real life then got in the way and I didn’t write again until 2009. I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2012 and my first Regency romance was accepted for publication by Harlequin Mills & Boon in late 2013.
I now live in the West Midlands with my second husband and two cats and I continue to write Regency romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon.

Janice Preston

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Perception & Illusion by Catherine Kullmann Regency #Romance

Today’s team review is from Babus, she blogs here http://ajoobacatsblog.wordpress.com

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Babus has been reading Perception & Illusion by Catherine Kullmann

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An alluring story of a young girl, Lallie, who lost her mother at birth and is kept closeted by her father and stepmother. However, when her father hatches a plan to wed her to a man she dislikes to keep control of her fortune, Lallie plans her escape and finds herself ultimately in a more agreeable match, but can she navigate the world of the gentry and the complexities of her spouse?

I absolutely loved this historical romance as the characters really came to life and unlike many stories the plot went beyond the happy ever after ending as the author showed, not only her connection with history, but her understanding of people and their actions.

I found this difficult to put down and impossible to fault. A thoroughly satisfying read.

Book Description

Cast out by her father for refusing the suitor of his choice, Lallie Grey accepts Hugo Tamrisk’s proposal, confident that he loves her as she loves him. But Hugo’s past throws long shadows as does his recent liaison with Sabina Albright. All too soon, Lallie must question Hugo’s reasons for marriage and wonder what he really wants of his bride.
Perception & Illusion charts Lallie’s and Hugo’s voyage through a sea of confusion and misunderstanding. Can they successfully negotiate the Rocks of Jealousy and the Shoals of Perplexity to arrive at the Bay of Delight or will they drift inexorably towards Cat & Dog Harbour or the Dead Lake of Indifference?
Catherine Kullmann skillful evocation of the Regency period rings true, as do her protagonists’ predicaments. It is a joy to step into this other world with her.

About the author

Catherine Kullmann

I was born and educated in Dublin. Following a three-year courtship conducted mostly by letter, I moved to Germany where I lived for twenty-five years before returning to Ireland. I have worked in the Irish and New Zealand public services and in the private sector.
I have a keen sense of history and of connection with the past which so often determines the present. I am fascinated by people. I love a good story, especially when characters come to life in a book.
I have always enjoyed writing, I love the fall of words, the shaping of an expressive phrase, the satisfaction when a sentence conveys my meaning exactly. I enjoy plotting and revel in the challenge of evoking a historic era for characters who behave authentically in their period while making their actions and decisions plausible and sympathetic to a modern reader. In addition, I am fanatical about language, especially using the right language as it would have been used during the period about which I am writing. But rewarding as all this craft is, there is nothing to match the moment when a book takes flight, when your characters suddenly determine the route of their journey.

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