Book Review: The King Is Dead by Suzannah Lipscomb

Title: The King Is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII
Author: Suzannah Lipscomb
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Harback
Pages: 208
Source: Library
Date Finished: January 17, 2021
Grade: A-

Summary

On 28 January 1547, the sickly and obese King Henry VIII died at Whitehall. Just hours before his passing, his last will and testament had been read, stamped, and sealed. The will confirmed the line of succession as Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth; and, following them, the Grey and Suffolk families. It also listed bequests to the king’s most trusted councillors and servants.

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Book Review: Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks

Title: Georgana’s Secret
Author: Arlem Hawks
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
Date Finished: January 16, 2021
Grade: A-

Summary

Disguised as her father’s cabin boy to escape her cruel grandmother, Georgana Woodall must decide if she can give her love to the dashing Lieutenant Dominic Peyton. Doing so would tie her to the sea and the navy’s world of war and uncertainty forever, but can she give up this ray of sunshine for a predictable life on shore? (x)

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Book Review: The Rebel Heiress and the Knight by Melissa Oliver

Title: The Rebel Heiress and the Knight
Series: Notorious Knights #1
Author: Melissa Oliver
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 288
Source: Purchased
Date Finished: January 11, 2021
Grade: A-

Summary

Widow Eleanor of Tallany Castle knows her people are broken by the taxes demanded by King John. So when she’s ordered to marry Hugh de Villiers, a knight loyal to the king, she’s furious—even if he is handsome! As gallant Hugh begins to heal the scars of Eleanor’s abusive first marriage, she’s even more determined to keep her secret: she is the outlaw the king wants to send to the gallows! (x)

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Book Review: A Good Duke Is Hard to Find by Christina Britton

Title: A Good Duke Is Hard to Find
Series: Isle of Synne #1
Author: Christina Britton
Published: 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Audio / Paperback
Pages: 351
Length: 11 hr. 30 min.
Source: Purchased
Date Finished: January 4, 2021
Grade: B+

Summary

After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she’s cursed. One thing’s for certain: she needs to escape London and her father’s tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain’s northern coast, is blessedly far from society’s gossip, but it also carries haunting reminders of her first fiancé. Letting go of the past to find happiness seems impossible — until Lenora is thrown in the path of a gruff, mysterious blue-eyed man who makes her pulse race.

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Book Review: Portrait of a Forbidden Love by Bronwyn Scott

Title: Portrait of a Forbidden Love
Series: The Rebellious Sisterhood #1
Author: Bronwyn Scott
Published: 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley
Date Finished: January 1, 2021
Grade: B

Summary

The Earl’s heir and the rebel artist Artemisia Stansfield has four months to prove herself to the Royal Academy of Arts. When she finds out that aristocratic art critic Darius Rutherford has been snooping in her studio, she’s furious! Sparks of anger turn into flames of desire, but one lapse in judgment could give Darius all the fuel he needs to ruin her, as a lady and as an artist! Unless she trusts him enough to take the risk… (x)

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Book Review: The Princess and the Rogue

Title: The Princess and the Rogue
Series: Bow Street Bachelors #3
Author: Kate Bateman
Published: 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
Date Finished: December 27, 2020
Grade: A

Summary

In The Princess and the Rogue, Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, doesn’t believe in love—until a passionate kiss with a beautiful stranger in a brothel forces him to reconsider. When the mysterious woman is linked to an intrigue involving a missing Russian princess, however, Seb realizes her air of innocence was too good to be true.

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Book Review: The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands

Title: The Highlander Takes a Bride
Series: Highland Brides #3
Author: Lynsay Sands
Published: 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Source: Purchased
Date Finished: December 17, 2020
Grade: B

Review

I enjoyed this one! I had actually DNF-ed it in the spring because I wasn’t enjoying it, but that was on audio. I switched to the paperback and liked it so much more. I’ve been wanting to continue the series, so I’m really happy about that.

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Book Review: The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.

Ana Newport also has a secret.

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