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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Book Review: Love Is a Rogue by Lenora Bell

Once upon a time in Mayfair, a group of wallflowers formed a secret society with goals that had absolutely nothing to do with matrimony. Their most troublesome obstacle? Rogues!

They call her Beastly Beatrice.

Wallflower Lady Beatrice Bentley longs to remain in the wilds of Cornwall to complete her etymological dictionary. Too bad her brother’s Gothic mansion is under renovation. How can she work with an annoyingly arrogant and too-handsome rogue swinging a hammer nearby?

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Book Review: The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden

Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school in 1860s Victorian London. She is also a well-respected author of “silver-fork” novels, stories written both for and about the upper-class ladies of Victorian society. But by night, she writes very different kinds of stories—the Penny Dreadfuls that are all the rage among the working-class men. Under the pseudonym Mr. King, Elizabeth has written about dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats, intelligent detectives solving grisly murders, and dangerous outlaws romancing helpless women. They contain all the adventure and mystery that her real life lacks.

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Book Review: A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle

Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.

When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind—as long as she doesn’t get too close to him.

With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?

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Book Review: The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder—including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

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Book Review: Ashes on the Moor by Sarah M. Eden

Title: Ashes on the Moor
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Published: 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Audio
Length: 10 hr. 37 min.
Source: Purchased
Date Finished: July 16, 2020
Grade: A
Synopsis: When Evangeline is sent to live in a small mill town in Northern England as a schoolteacher in 1871, she finds herself struggling to fit in with an unfamiliar culture. Raised with the high-class Victorian values and ideals of a sophisticated upbringing, she is unprepared for the poverty she finds in the gritty factory town of Smeatley, where the locals speak with a hard-to-understand Yorkshire accent and struggle to thrive with few resources or opportunities.

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