Jane Chance is about to make her debut, but before she can she gets an offer of marriage from a wealthy lord. He represents everything she has ever wanted: a husband, money to secure her future and the chance of children. That is until she meets Zachary Black and he turns her world upside down.
Zach is not what Jane needs to secure her future. He is a gypsy that helps her rescue a dog, not someone she would consider marrying. But what she doesn't know, is that Zach is a wealthy lord himself. Unfortunately, this former spy is wanted for murder and must keep his identity a secret until he finds evidence of his innocence.
Can Zach keep Jane from marrying long enough to clear his name and claim her as his own?
I had never read anything by Anne Gracie before this series. When finding out it was book three in a series, I quickly checked out the other two books from the library. Book one had me hooked and I quickly read the next two.
Falling in love with all the "sisters" in book one, had me eagerly wanted to read each of their stories. Jane has always wanted security when choosing a spouse. I thought that she might change her mind after watching her sisters fall in love. But her childhood memories of struggling just to survive were more powerful than the lure of love. It was interesting to watch her inner struggle with what her mind wanted and what her heart was telling her to do. I was also fun to watch the "bad boy" fall in love and get something he never thought he wanted.
Of course this series wouldn't be the same without Lady Bea and her outrageous stories and meddling ways. I think I'd like to see her get her HEA too!!
I can't wait to read Daisy's story! She is such a colorful person and doesn't hold anything back. Her match will definitely have to be strong willed!
Miranda Hayes has lost her whole family. The latest, her father, was killed by a band of rebel raiders. So when she comes across Jake Harkner and learns that he is a wanted criminal, she shoots him before he can hurt anyone else. She never imagined that he would turn up at her home and need medical attention.
Running after being shot, Jake comes across a home where he intends to find help for his wounds. Learning it is the home of the woman that shot him comes as a surprise. But learning she is willing to help him is an even bigger surprise.
As they spend time together. Miranda learns why Jake turned to a life of crime. She is falling in love with him, but is she willing to give him up when his body is healed?
Loved, loved, loved it!! Learning that there will be at least three books in this series makes it even better. This story takes us through about 20 years of Miranda and Jake's lives, ending when their children have just reached adulthood. Books 2 and 3 continue with the lives of Miranda and Jake and their extended family. I'm imagining it will be similar to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series in which we follow the lives of the H/H as they get older and experience more life.
I always like a good western and I was not disappointed by my first book by Bittner. I like that it covered so much of their lives because so often we only get to see the courtship and wedding (sometimes not even that) of a couple. I am looking forward to reading the next two books (maybe more) in the series.
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This is book 2 in the Crown's Secret Service series.
After years of marriage to a selfish gambler, Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell is ready to take a lover. She has made a list of candidates and is slowly making her decision. When Gareth Ramsey gets ahold of her list, he asks her to put his name on it.
Gareth has been attracted to Jane since the first time he saw her. Working for the home office doesn't give him time for a wife, but a lover, he has time for. Getting close to Jane is part of the job, her list includes a man he is investigating, but it definitely has it's perks.
But what happens when Gareth's lust for Jane turns into something much stronger? Jane is tired of men lying to her and Gareth's whole life is a lie. Can he save what they started?
Loved this story. I've been reading a lot of stories lately that include the male or female lead as a spy. I think that element just adds to the overall enjoyment of the story.
Seeing the tension between Jane and Gareth in the first book in the series, A Spy Unmasked, I had hoped that Gabrielle would pair them up for this story. I was not disappointed! The banter between the H/H is masterful and is always a plus (something that is always a favorite in my book!)
I can't wait to see what Gabrielle has in store for us next!!
John Fitzhugh Barrett is suddenly thrown into a life that he never wanted. Being declared the legitimate heir to the Somerset marquessate has John running to London to forget that he was an unwanted child. Drowning his feeling in debauchery, he encounters Rebecca Kearsey in a seedy underground fighting ring. Recognizing her as a lady, he does what is necessary to "win" her.
John's family uses Rebecca to get him to come to the family seat. They want him to find a suitable bride. He agrees to go on the condition that Rebecca and her family are also invited. He wants at least one ally while he treads the waters of his new world.
What happens when this unlikely duo can't fight their attraction any longer?
I really enjoyed this story. There was a different dynamic with this story as John has not been raised in the aristocracy and didn't have the same mentality as most in his position would. Rebecca is the daughter of a viscount, but since the family has no money she doesn't really fit into polite society either. They complimented each other very nicely.
I hope that Marlowe continues this series, as I have really enjoyed the characters in them.
When Lucy Greenleaf is let go by her employer for her radical beliefs, she has no one to turn to but her old friend Trevor Bailey. Not having seen each other since they were children, Lucy doesn't fit into Trevor's life anymore. She just needs his help to get back on her feet and then he never has to see her again.
Trevor has never stopped loving Lucy. The only reason he let her go as a child was so she could have a better life than the one she was living. Trevor has worked very hard to make himself into the man that we see today and will do anything for Lucy. Even if it means that everything that he has worked so hard for is put in jeopardy.
Can Trevor figure out how to keep Lucy in his life without giving up all he has worked so hard to obtain?
LOVED this story!! I fell in love with Trevor in The Miss Mirren Mission and couldn't wait to read his story (I had to start it the same night, LOL!). Holiday did not disappoint me.
I like this series from Jenny Holiday because she incorporates characters that are not part of the ton. The world in which they live and work is part of the upper 10,000, but most of the characters are of a lower class and therefore much more relatable to.
This particular story stars H/H that are not a part of the ton, but their place of work (the hotel that Trevor owns) most definitely is. As an added bonus to the love story we have a villain in the form of Lucy's former employer as well as a mystery to be solved.
After reading the first two books in this series, Jenny Holiday has become one of my favorite authors! I can't wait to read her next book in the series!
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Finding out the someone has made nude drawings of her, Anna Black must find some way to hide from society. She takes a job as a seamstress at a girl's school, but soon finds herself acting as the companion to the ward of Viscount Grandville.
Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville, doesn't want his ward (Lizzy) and her companion in his home. Lizzy reminds him too much of his dead wife. Having closed himself off on his estate, he doesn't like his solitude taken away from him. Realizing that he has no where to send Lizzy, he convinces Anna to stay until he can find another companion or school to send her to.
Anna soon realizes that Will and Lizzy need each other. They are both in pain from losing loved ones. What happens when Anna realizes she needs Will too?
I enjoyed this story. The tension of Anna being found by the owner of the sketches added another dimension to it. You're never quite sure when it will happen, but you know that it will cause some drama.
Will has closed himself off after losing his wife. He had been in love with her and didn't want to go through the pain of losing another loved one, so he closed himself off from everyone else. We see Anna trying to break through that hard exterior to get Will to connect with Lizzy and in turn she falls for him herself.
I look forwarding to reading book two in the series, which comes out in March 2016.
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Jonathan Loring has no one else to turn to when his son's illness doesn't get any better. Having scorned the resident midwife and herbalist since he has known her, he must humble himself to ask for her help. He doesn't expect to find himself attracted to the healer.
Grace Daniels has been rejected by society since her father passed away. Her illegitimacy and her career keep society from accepting her in their ranks. All except Viscount and Viscountess Blackthorn whom she saved from certain death. They have even helped her set up her practice in their little town.
When Jonathan goes to Grace for help with his son, she does it for the sake of the boy. She would never let a child suffer because of the choices that adults make. But as the two foes spend more time with each other, they realize they have more in common than they could ever imagine and their attraction for each other soon becomes too hard to deny.
I enjoyed meeting Jonathan and Grace in Passion and Propriety. I had a feeling that de Sallier would match them together. I could see the chemistry between the two of them even then.
Loved this story. I like a man that will do anything for his child and admit when he is wrong! I loved watching Grace and Jonathan go from foes to lovers. To see the attraction blossom and watch them fall in love.
I hope that de Sallier continues with this series as there are several characters that I would like to see get their HEA!
Mary Quinn must find someone to marry or her father will take her away from her sister and brother-in-law's protection. She meets Edward, Marquis Woodley, and are soon embroiled in scandal.
Can a marriage born of necessity turn into one of true love?
I've been waiting for Mary's story since we met her in The Widow Wager. Michaels did not disappoint. I was happy to see Mary paired with Edward whom we also met in The Widow Wager. I was hoping that Michaels would allow him to get his HEA!
A great novella and introduction to the next series that Michaels is putting out, titled the Wicked Woodleys.
Gyllis Campbell has not hidden the fact that she wants Sir Sean MacDougall as a husband. At the Beltane festival, she thinks she has finally gotten her wish until Sean doesn't show up for their appointed meeting. She is still dealing with a broken heart, when an illness strikes her down and she is sent to the Priory to heal.
Unbeknownst to Gyllis, Sean has been called home because of his father's death. Troubled by raids on his land and a traitor amongst his clan, Sean can't let Gyllis know that he is still interested in her. That is until a chance meeting at the Priory brings them back together again.
Can Sean fight his enemy and win the hand of his lady love?
When I read Jarecki's first series, Highland Force, I fell in love with her stories and her writing. Unfortunately, with her new series it almost seems like someone else is writing them. I love the storylines, but the writing quality itself seems to have gone down hill.
Jarecki's next book in the series comes out in July. I'll give her another try then...
Major Bartholomew Blackpool came back from war without a leg and his twin brother. Having retreated from society, he ignores all his friends and family. That is until he receives a letter from a childhood friend.
Miss Daphne Vaughan reaches out to Bartholomew when she has no one else to turn to. Her guardian is forcing her to get married to get her out of his hair. She proposes a plan to Bartholomew, in which he will pose as her fiancee until she get her inheritance. At that point, they will break their betrothal and both of them will be free.
When the time comes for their break-up, neither wants to ruin the reputation of the other. But what would happen if they made their engagement real?
Loved the story!!
Daphne was a different type of heroine. She was a crusader that championed the lower classes instead of ridiculing them as others in her class did at that time.
I loved watching Daphne bring out the "old" Bartholomew. The man that he was before the war. She saw glimpses at that man and made sure to do what she could to bring him out more.
I'm very excited to read the next book in the series which comes out in September!