Publisher: Harlequin Historical

Guest Review: Forbidden Night with the Prince by Michelle Willingham

Posted July 5, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Forbidden Night with the Prince by Michelle WillinghamReviewer: Tracy
Forbidden Night with the Prince (Warriors of the Night #3) by Michelle Willingham
Series: Warriors of the Night #3
Also in this series: Forbidden Night with the Warrior
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Format: eARC
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 288
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three-half-stars

A lifetime of being good…

One night of sin!

A Warriors of the Night story: virtuous Joan de Laurent is fated never to marry. Three betrothals, each ending in the groom’s death, have convinced her she’s cursed! But only her hand in marriage can help darkly brooding Irish prince Ronan win back his fortress. To break the curse, Joan must risk all to spend one forbidden night with the royal warrior…

Joan de Laurent believes she’s cursed.  She has had two betrothals and both of her intendeds died before the wedding!  She heads off to Ireland to meet her third betrothed and guess what?  He’s dead too!  Of course he was older, but still!

Ronan Ó Callaghan is an Irish prince who heads to the MacEgan holding to gather reinforcements.  His step-brother staged a coup and took over his father’s throne, taking his father hostage.  Ronan cannot let this stand and asks the MacEgan’s for warriors.  They say they’ll provide them but the de Laurent brothers can also provide warriors.  Unfortunately they’ll only do so if Ronan marries their sister.  Ronan isn’t interested in marrying but when he meets Joan he is quite taken with her.

Joan doesn’t want to get betrothed again.  She doesn’t want to take the chance of killing another man.  When she starts to have feelings for Ronan, she especially doesn’t want him to die.  She gets desperate and goes to an old medicine woman to ask how to break the curse.  The woman tells her to have Ronan drink a potion and then Joan is to lay with him and once they have the curse will be broken.  Joan is skeptical but she’s also desperate, so she goes for it.  They spend a wonderful night together and Ronan even agrees to marry Joan, but Joan won’t marry him as he refuses to have kids.  (He believes he killed his brother and nephew.)  The two need to come to an agreement so that Ronan can get the warriors he needs and save his father like he couldn’t save his other family members.

This was a good story.  I felt so bad for Joan!  With her believing that she’s cursed and everyone acting like she’s the devil, I’d want to leave as well.  Ronan was good for her as he brought her out of her self-induced shell.  She wasn’t a meek and mild person but felt she needed to act like one in order to break the curse.  I loved how Ronan dealt with Joan and she with him., they were really perfect for each other.

I felt that the part of the story that dealt with Ronan and his step-brother was also well done.  It seemed very realistic – something that I could imagine happening (even though I’m not really up on my Irish medieval history).

In the end I enjoyed the book and found it entertaining – a nice way to spend a quiet evening.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Warriors of the Night

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Married for His Convenience by Eleanor Webster

Posted January 18, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Married for His Convenience by Eleanor WebsterReviewer: Tracy
Married for His Convenience by Eleanor Webster
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Publication Date: December 1st 2016
Format: eARC
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three-half-stars

A plain countess…

Tainted by illegitimacy, plain Sarah Martin has no illusions of a grand marriage. So when the Earl of Langford makes her a proposal that will take her one step closer to finding her half sister, she can't refuse!

Sebastian's dreams of romance died with his late wife's affair, so now he needs a convenient wife to act as governess for his silent daughter. Yet Sarah continues to surprise and challenge him, and soon Sebastian can't deny the joy his new bride could bring to his life—and into his bed!

Sarah Martin lived in London when she was little with her mother who was a mistress and her half-sister, Charlotte.  When her mother died her father took her back to his home to live with him and his wife (awkward!) but since Charlotte wasn’t his daughter he left her in London.  It’s been 14 years since Sarah has seen her sister but she dreams of the day she can get to London and find her once again.

Sebastian’s thought he and his wife were happy but she took off with his children with her lover and moved to France…where she was subsequently executed.  The lover held Sebastian’s children for ransom which he paid but he only got his daughter Elizabeth back.  He’s been searching for his son Edwin but hasn’t had any luck.  He meets Sarah and finds her intriguing.  She makes him laugh and she’s got a way with animals and people.  He thinks maybe she’ll be able to bring his daughter out of the dark place she’s been since he got her back 6 months ago.  She hasn’t spoken a word since her return and rocks incessantly.  His great-aunt also wants him to marry and he needs her funds so he asks Sarah to marry him – just for convenience.

Sarah is shocked at the proposal but there are many reasons she should accept – the main one being that she would be in London and would be able to find her sister. Once married she finds the search for Charlotte as well as her interactions with Elizabeth much more difficult than she thought.  She also starts having feelings for Sebastian which she knows are unrequited but she’s determined to make the most of her marriage no matter what.

This was a very sweet story.  Sarah and Sebastian were very opposite people but they got along very well.  Sebastian was a bit flummoxed by the fact that he found plain Sarah highly desirable and tried to curb his desires as much as he could.  He couldn’t stay away for long, however, especially when he started getting emotionally attached to her.  She was so good with his daughter and he loved that.

Sarah was a good person all around.  She cared for children, people and stray animals.  She even cared for her guardian who was her father’s wife and didn’t always treat her in a kindly way.  I loved how she interacted with the silent Elizabeth and tried to help with the search for Edwin whenever she could.

The whole premise of the story was a good one and was really focused on love, trust and respect for the other person.  It was well done and while not all that “sexy” it was a satisfying read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: The Highlander’s Runaway Bride by Terri Brisbin

Posted February 9, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Highlander’s Runaway Bride by Terri BrisbinReviewer: Tracy
The Highlander's Runaway Bride by Terri Brisbin
Series: A Highland Feuding #2
Also in this series: Claiming His Highland Bride
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
Format: eARC
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four-stars

When Eva MacKay learns her father has bartered her off to a warrior from a neighboring clan, she has no choice but to run away, taking her dark secrets with her. Freedom is now within her grasp!

Dutiful highlander Rob Mackintosh tracks down his runaway bride, only to be stunned by the fireworks that erupt between them. For behind Eva's timid smile lies a headstrong beauty, and Rob knows, no matter what, this marriage is going to be full of surprises!

Eva fell in love and that love produced a child.  The day the baby is born, however, Eva’s father takes it from her and expects her to go on as if nothing has happened.  They had traveled far from their home to hid the pregnancy but the minute they get back to their clan Eva’s father announces that he’s marrying her off to someone.  Still sick with fever from the birth of her daughter, Eva takes off to find her little one.

Rob isn’t thrilled that his cousin has promised him in marriage but he loves his cousin and will do anything for him.  He heads to MacKay lands only to find out that his soon to be bride has runaway.  He heads off to find her but when he does she’s injured and still sick with fever.  He nurses her back to health and then marries her.

Eva knows that Rob is a nice guy but she longs for her child (which he still knows nothing about).   She’s dejected and withdrawn but Rob soon pulls her out of her depression and the pair soon find common ground in their marriage bed. When Rob finds out Eva’s secrets, however, it may be the end of the love that’s flourished between them.

Well, this was certainly not what I though was going to happen when I read the blurb to this book but I was pleasantly surprised with the story.  I liked Rob a lot, even though near the end he has his oh-my-god-you’re-a jerk moment.  He wasn’t thrilled about marrying Eva but was determined to make the most of it and actually found himself falling in love with her.  It was very sweet but also pretty heart-wrenching for him as he just couldn’t seem to make her happy.

Poor Eva.  My heart just broke for her because of all that had happened to her.  I hate that it did but I SO wish that she would have been forth-coming with Rob when they started getting closer.  I felt she should have known by then that he was a good guy and would understand but her father, the bastard, threatened to kill her daughter if she ever said a word.  Instead he found out another way and then twisted it all up in his head to be something it wasn’t.  Such a horrible start to the marriage but it all ended well in the end.

The book was a sad one that hurt my heart but was well done and definitely enjoyed reading it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Reading Order:

Stolen by a Highlander
The Highlander’s Runaway Bride

four-stars


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Guest Review: A Too Convenient Marriage by Georgie Lee

Posted January 19, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: A Too Convenient Marriage by Georgie LeeReviewer: Tracy
A Too Convenient Marriage by Georgie Lee
Series: Business of Marriage #2
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Format: eARC
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three-half-stars

Late one night, Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Rockland, bursts uninvited into a stranger's carriage, turning both their worlds upside down. Suddenly, fun-loving Justin Connor finds himself forced to consider marriage!

For Susanna, marrying Justin is a chance to finally escape her cruel stepmother and forget about the rake who ruined her. But as wedding bells begin to chime, Susanna discovers she's carrying a huge secret…one that could turn to dust all promises of happiness as Justin's wife!

Susanna is the illegitimate daughter of a Duke and wants nothing more than to get out of his house! She was raised by her mother who loved her dearly and never hesitated to show her. Her maternal grandmother was also quite loving. Everyone else in her life – was disdainful and mean. Once her mother died, Susanna moved to her father’s house with his wife and 2 children and was treated like a piece of furniture only with more disdain. When Susanna suddenly meets Justin Connor she sees a way out. She can marry him and they can have a marriage of convenience. She may not get the love and family she’s always wanted but she wouldn’t have to live with her step-family any longer.

Justin is trying to start a business as a wine merchant and he sees an attachment to the Duke of Rockland as a good thing. He is under the impression that marrying Susanna will get him connections through her father so he accepts the terms of the marriage contract and marries her. Of course he doesn’t realize that Susanna is already pregnant by another man when he does so. Susanna had tried to tell him before the wedding but Justin didn’t want to hear about any other men.

As the marriage goes on they get the business off of the ground and do well. They also fall in love and have a wonderful marriage – that is until Justin finds out about the pregnancy and is so angry the marriage might be done for good.

I know that secret babies are always a good story trope but I can’t say that I love when the people are together and the woman doesn’t tell the man. I mean, yes, when she tried to tell him he told her he didn’t want to hear about any other man, but come on! She should have spit it out at some point. Did she think he’d never know? Really? Ugh. Of course once Justin found out I didn’t particular care for the way he handled things. He realized that he had told her he didn’t want to know but that didn’t make him happier. I guess their love was too new but frankly if you love someone you should love them unconditionally.

Now, that being said, I liked the rest of the book. Yes, things happened quickly and it was a fast moving story but it was engaging. The author also made me feel sad for Susanna’s predicament prior to marrying Justin and despite Justin’s douchiness after the pregnancy discovery I really liked him. Yes, he may have gone into the marriage for all the wrong reasons but he did try his best with Susanna and because of that found the love of his life.

The story kept my attention and was a great marriage of convenience/secret baby book.

Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5

three-half-stars


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