Book Review: Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews

Title: Fair as a Star
Series: Victorian Romantics #1
Author: Mimi Matthews
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 204
Source: Purchased
Date Finished: January 30, 2021
Grade: A

Summary

After a mysterious sojourn in Paris, Beryl Burnham has returned home to the village of Shepton Worthy ready to resume the life she left behind. Betrothed to the wealthy Sir Henry Rivenhall, she has no reason to be unhappy—or so people keep reminding her. But Beryl’s life isn’t as perfect as everyone believes.

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Book Review: Stolen by the Viking by Michelle Willingham

Title: Stolen by the Viking
Series: Sons of Sigurd #1
Author: Michelle Willingham
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 288
Source: Purchased
Date Finished: January 19, 2021
Grade: B+

Summary

Battle-scarred Viking Alarr is a broken warrior who expects to die carrying out his oath of blood vengeance. He saves maiden Breanne O’Callahan from slavery only with the intention of getting close enough to kill her foster father. Until their spark of passion ignites a desire to keep her close…and presents Alarr with a gut-wrenching choice–his revenge or his heart? (x)

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Book Review: Her Banished Knight’s Redemption

Title: Her Banished Knight’s Redemption
Series: Notorious Knights #2
Author: Melissa Oliver
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley
Date Finished: January 26, 2021
Grade: A

Summary

Exiled Knight William Geraint answers only to himself. Yet, a mission to reunite lost heiress Lady Isabel de Clancey with her family is Will’s chance to finally atone for the torment of his past. With every rushed mile, their intense attraction becomes dangerously thrilling. He swore to protect Isabel not seduce her, but their desire for each other could threaten the redemption he’s worked so hard to achieve… (x)

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Book Review: Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

Title: Dark Prince
Series: Dark #1
Author: Christine Feehan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 531
Source: Library
Date Finished: January 18, 2021
Grade: C

Summary

A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks on a vacation far from home.

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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: Hardcover
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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