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Guest Review: To Win a Viscount by Frances Fowlkes

Posted October 10, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: To Win a Viscount by Frances FowlkesReviewer: Tracy
To Win a Viscount by Frances Fowlkes
Series: The Daughters of Amhurst #2
Also in this series: The Earl's New Bride, The Gentleman's Promise
Published by Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: July 25th 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
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England, 1820.

To gain a certain marquess's notice, Lady Albina Beauchamp aims to win the derby. What she hadn't planned for is the price handsome Mr. Edmund White asks in payment to train her to race: each lesson for a kiss.
A first place finish isn't the only thing worth racing for.

Lady Albina Beauchamp is in love with the Marquess of Satterfield. Unfortunately, his only interest is in horses, and doesn't know she exists. But when the marquess confesses he will bestow his undying admiration on the jockey racing the winning horse at Emberton Derby, Albina sets out to win his affections by training to race.

Mr. Edmund White is a master groomsmen for the Earl of Amhurst in line for a viscountcy, should he abandon his passion for horses and become a respectable sheep owner. But horses are his love--until he meets Lady Albina and her silly notions of racing. When she affirms she will enter the derby with or without his assistance, Edmund not only instructs his student in racing, but seduction as well.

For Albina, a first place finish isn't the only thing at stake. She must decide whether to take her place in society...or follow her heart and love a groom.


So Albina thinks herself in love with a Marquess who can’t seem to give her the time of day.  She liked him in book one but he only had eyes for her sister Henrietta – and it seems even though she’s now married he still has eyes only for Henrietta.  Albina overhears the Marquess talking about an upcoming horse race that he will be entering his horse in.  He knows that Albina’s brother-in-law, the Earl of Amhurst, will be entering a horse as well.  When the Marquess states that he will “greatly admire” both the horse and the jockey who wins the Emberton race Albina knows what she has to do.  She has to enter Emberton as a jockey – riding her brother-in-law’s horse and not have anyone be the wiser.  She begs her sister and her cousin to ask their husbands to let her do this but when they do ask the men give an emphatic no.

Quite frankly I should have stopped reading at that point.  I mean, what the everloving hell does this woman thinks she’s doing?  Does she really think that this Marquess who doesn’t even see her will want to marry her because she’s made a spectacle of herself being a jockey? (Not that I think women can’t be jockey’s (or couldn’t back then) but they would have been so ridiculed for it and it would raise quite a scandal. Anyway I kept reading…

Albina tries to take one of the Earl’s horses out of the stables and is stopped by the head groom, Mr. White – Edmund. He’s been instructed that no one will ride the horse but himself, the jockey or the Earl.  She somehow talks him into teaching her to ride properly so that she can win the race and he does…every morning for six weeks.  His payment?  He gets a kiss from her after each lesson.  Now unbeknownst to Albina the Earl and her cousin’s husband, the Duke of Waverly who actually runs Emberton, talks to Edmund and asks if he thinks she can really win the race.  Edmund says yes and the Earl and Duke agree to let her continue and enter the race.

We all know what happens with Edmund because this is a romance – of course she falls in love with him (and forgets the Marquess, thank God) and really, he’s a very nice guy who actually could be a viscount if he accepted his uncle’s ridiculous conditions which include never working with horses again. Completely unacceptable. I really liked him and he was the best part of the book.  Albina wants to be with Edmund and doesn’t care that he’s a groom but they are eventually separated when the information comes out. Can they ever be together?

So that’s the gist of the book.  There are obviously other things that happen – I’m not telling you the entire book by far.   The whole end of the book is when I had an even bigger issue with the book.  When I should have been feeling Albina and Edmund’s love and longing for each other so deeply all I could be was pissed off.  Remember the Earl and the Duke telling Edmund to allow Albina to race?  After she’s actually raced they call her in and act like they had no idea about her scheme and berate her up one side and down the other and put her to tears.  I was so horrified by the way they were treating her when they were the ones that told Edmund to teach her.  I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have kept it all a secret from everyone else and given her a little kudos on a job well done in private.  Would that have been too much to ask? Apparently it was. I really liked the Earl from the previous book but after reading this oneI really don’t like him at all.  What an ass!  I’m sure that’s the way men treated women all the time back then but ugh!  I don’t want to read about men being like that in my romance novels!!

Ok, I’m calm now (not).  So those are my thoughts on the book.  I really like Fowlkes’ writing but this story was not to my liking.  It did have more moments of good than bad but I couldn’t get over Albina’s decision to race and since that was the whole basis of the book well…there ya go.  I am looking forward to Sarah’s book as she’s much more level-headed than her twin Albina. I’m crossing my fingers that there won’t be any crazy hair-brained schemes to get a man to notice her in that one.

Rating: 3 out of 5

(The story gets a 1 star rating and the writing gets 2 stars.)


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Guest Review: Highland Deception by Lori Ann Bailey

Posted August 30, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Highland Deception by Lori Ann BaileyReviewer: Tracy
Highland Deception by Lori Ann Bailey
Series: Highland Pride #1
Published by Entangled: Select Historical
Publication Date: August 22nd 2016
Genres: Historical, Medieval
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Scotland, August 1642

Maggie and Lachlan must fight their growing attraction, battling suspicion and intrigue as religious and political turmoil threaten to tear their clans apart.

He has sworn he will never marry.

Lachlan Cameron is honor bound to see a wounded lass to safety, although he has well learned women are deceivers, and this lovely maid harbors a wealth of secrets. But Maggie's free spirit and charms enthrall him while he works to discover if she is innocent…or a spy scheming with his enemies to destroy his clan.

She has sworn she will never fall in love.

Maggie Murray fled her home to avoid a political marriage to an abusive man. Salvation comes when the Cameron laird, unaware of her identity, protects her as she escapes. His kindness slowly warms her, and she’s tempted to confess her real name. But his strong sense of honor would force him to return her to her father…and torment at the hands of her scorned betrothed.

Maggie is terrified of marrying Conall Erskine, the monster that her father has betrothed her to. She’s been able to put off the wedding until her 21st birthday but the wedding is upon her now and she’s not about to go through with it. She dresses as a boy and leaves her father’s keep, luckily finding a horse not too far away, and taking it to get away. She plans to head for northern Scotland to join a convent. In a roundabout way she ends up with a party from the Cameron Clan and ends up falling for their Laird, Lachlan Cameron. She doesn’t want to because she had seen her mother constantly giving her love to her father with no reciprocation and she never wanted to be like her.

Lachlan Cameron was on his way to Edinburgh to deliver his cousin when he came across a Robbie who had been living with a priest. That priest had been killed and the church burned. Robbie heads off with the Cameron’s to Edinburgh but when he sees Conall Erskine he points his finger at him as the murderer of the priest. After that one of the Cameron men intercept a letter Conall has written stating his intentions of killing his own father for political gain.

Lachlan needs to get back to his land in order to notify the other Laird’s of the letter, and to keep Robbie safe from Conall. He has no idea who Maggie is as she won’t tell him but he also has no idea that she even knows Conall. Lachlan had been betrayed in the past by a woman and swore he would never marry and certainly never give his heart to a woman ever again. When he meets Maggie, however, he starts to change his mind. The problem is that he has no clue of her identity and doesn’t trust her. He might let his past guide his future and it may be the worst thing he’d ever done.

This was a good story of love, trust, betrayal and faith. I really enjoyed seeing Lachlan and Maggie come together and work out their differences. Yes, it took a while and yes, Lachlan had major trust issues (which were frustrating, I must admit) but it all worked out in the end. It finally came down to trusting each other and having faith that the one they loved would never turn on them. I really liked that part of it all.

Maggie was a really strong heroine. She had put up with a lot during her short lifetime and while it could have broken her in so many ways it actually ended up making her a much stronger person. She knew what she wanted, and what she didn’t want, and didn’t let anyone stand in her way. Her mother had done a number on her before she had killed herself. Constantly telling Maggie how much she loved and hated her father as he cheated on her all the time. It truly had given Maggie a extremely skewed view of men overall so yeah, Maggie certainly had her own trust issues when it came to Lachlan.

Lachlan was a great guy. You could really tell what kind of man he was by the love and loyalty he was shown by his clan. Except for one person he was admired and respected. That told me a lot about him. The fact that he was trying to do the right thing with the information he had about Conall showed that he did things the right way rather than to take matters into his own hands. Yes, as I said, he had some major trust issues that got a bit old by the end but as he loved Maggie so much he was easily swayed back towards her in the end.

Overall a good highlander love story that was definitely worth reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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Release Blast: Entangled May Historical Releases

Posted June 1, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 2 Comments

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Entangled released some pretty great looking historical romances this week and we’re featuring them here on the blog. Check it out!

Accidentally Compromising the Duke by Stacy Reid
Wedded by Scandal #1
Released on May 30, 2016 by Entangled: Scandalous

England, 1817.

Miss Adeline Hays is out of options. Determined to escape marriage to a repugnant earl, Adeline plans to deliberately allow herself to be caught in a compromising position at a house party with the much kinder man she’d hoped to marry. Instead, Adeline accidentally enters the wrong chamber and tumbles into the bed of the mad duke.

Edmond Rochester, the duke of Wolverton, is seeking a wife to care for his two daughters. A young lady of sensibilities, accomplishment, and most importantly, one who he is not attracted to—a complete opposite of the bewitching beauty who traps him into marriage. But despite the lust he feels for his new duchess, Edmond is resolved to never allow them intimacy, refusing to ever again suffer the tormenting loss of a loved one.

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What people are saying

“This book was so addictive, I did not put it down since I started reading…” –Meghan L., Goodreads

“Loved it! Absolutely love Edmond and Adel…” –Amira, Goodreads

“…it is hard to surprise me. Stacy Reid did…Ms. Reid’s story of loss, love, laughter and healing is all that I look for when reading romance and deserving of a 5-star review.” –Isha, Goodreads


A deep curiosity to know all of him welled inside of her. “Don’t you ever play?”

Surprised chased his features. “Play?”

“Yes…you know, the art of romping, laughing, and having untold fun?”

“Of course not,” he said stiffly.

“How sad,” she murmured.

He arched a brow. “I am a duke…we do not cavort in the dirt and grass.”

She stood and walked deeper into the shadows and smiled when he followed.

“That is a pity. I think I would enjoy very much you tumbling me into the grass.”

Intense dark eyes assessed her and Adel stepped closer to his heat. “Come play with me,” she said softly.

About the Author

Stacy Reid Profile PictureI am an unapologetic romance lover. I read it. I write it. Enough said. Well..I also have a warrior way “Never give up on my dreams.” I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with my love, Dusean.

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One Last Kiss by Ally Broadfield
It’s In His Kiss #2
Released on May 30, 2016 by Entangled: Select Historical

London, 1812

Captain Mikhail Abromovich would rather single-handedly face the entire French army than follow orders to deceive Anna, the woman of his heart, by feigning a courtship to hide his covert activities.

Ever since a gossip sheet revealed the details of her extensive dowry, Princess Anna Tarasova has been overrun by fortune-hunting lords. When her childhood sweetheart mysteriously appears in London and asks to court her, it seems too good to be true.

For Mikhail, who is both soldier and spy, being chosen to represent Russia in secret negotiations with Britain should be the assignment of a lifetime. But once his deception is revealed, he’s certain Anna won’t believe his love is real.

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What people are saying

“…gives you warm fuzzies and leaves you feeling contented.” –Meghan L., Goodreads

“…very distinctive…the romance is absolutely lovely!” –Monique, Goodreads


Misha watched as she leaned low over her mare’s neck and gave the horse free rein. He let out a whoop and took off after her, his much larger mount rapidly gaining ground. He had closed the distance to about ten feet when a fox, perhaps roused by the vibration of the horse’s hooves against the ground, dashed out of the bushes. His stallion barely glanced at the disturbance, but Anna’s horse shied away. She tilted to the right, and before she could regain her balance, her mare kicked at the fox, sending her hurtling to the left. His heart lurched, knowing he would not reach her in time to help.

About the Author

Ally Broadfield Profile PictureAlly has worked as a horse trainer, director of marketing and development, freelance proofreader, and a children’s librarian, among other things. None of them were as awesome as writing romance novels (though the librarian gig came closest). She lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and assorted reptiles. Oh, and her husband.

Ally likes to curse in Russian because very few people know what she’s saying, and spends most of what would be her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She has many stories in her head looking for an opportunity to escape onto paper. She writes historical romance set in Regency England and Imperial Russia.

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Website: http://allybroadfield.com/
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To Love a Libertine by Liana LeFey
Scandal in London #5
Released on May 30, 2016 by Entangled: Select Historical

London, 1727

When Miss Eden Lowther catches the eye of Lord Percival Falloure, Marquess of Tavistoke, she’s delighted, for his wicked lordship is anything but boring. The canny coquette who declined five suitors the season prior sets out to capture the infamous “Terror of the Ton” for keeps, but the man she finds behind the façade isn’t at all what she expects.

Having suffered heartbreak and humiliation two years ago, Lord Tavistoke is wary of love. But once on the market, always on the market until wed or dead. Desperate to throw London’s single ladies off the scent, Percy looks to reestablish his rotten reputation with a rousing scandal. His mark: Miss Eden Lowther, a tearing beauty reported to have left devastation in her wake last Season. If anyone has asked for ruination, it is the heartless “Hellion of Holker Hall”…

Eden and Percy soon find themselves falling dangerously in love, despite their fears and her family’s objections. But will love alone save them when a ruthless rival forces her hand?

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What people are saying

“I do love this hero, a definite bad boy with a heat of gold and lots of courage. I thoroughly enjoyed every page.” –Petula, Goodreads

“…it comes to a point when it becomes impossible to put the book down. It’s beautifully written…” –Brigitte, Goodreads

“Ms. LeFey made quite the impression on me with this mysterious and unforgettable couple.”
–Isha, Goodreads


“I shall simply have to trust your sense of honor is in accord with my expectations.”
She counted several heartbeats before he answered, “And what is your expectation of me, Eden?”

The sound of her name spoken in his low, intimate rasp sent tingles racing across her flesh. She ought to correct his breach of manners, but the delight of hearing him speak to her thus was such that she couldn’t bear to chide him—as long as he didn’t do it in front of others. It took a moment to find her tongue. “Why, that you will conduct yourself with all due propriety in my presence, of course, as any true gentleman would.”

A lazy, sensuous grin stretched his mouth. “If you craved a true gentleman’s company you would not be here with me. You would have allowed your stepmother to toss me out on my arse as she doubtless longed to do the very instant I crossed her threshold.” His voice dropped to just above a whisper. “No. I suspect you desire an altogether different sort of man.”

About the Author

Liana LeFey Profile Picture 1Liana loves to weave incendiary tales that capture the heart and the imagination, taking the reader out of the now and into another world. The glory and splendor of the 18th Century provides a lush, glittering backdrop for her fairy tale romances. It’s a time of sensuous lovers, passionate music, lavish royal courts and deadly intrigues.

Liana lives in Texas with her own dashing hero of nearly twenty years, their delightful progeny, one spoiled-rotten feline overlord, and several tanks of tropical fish. She’s been devouring historical romances since her early teens and is now delighted to be writing them for fellow enthusiasts.

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Website: http://lianalefey.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LianaLeFey
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Guest Review: Rush by Shae Ross

Posted May 11, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Rush by Shae RossReviewer: Tracy
Rush by Shae Ross
Series: Pretty Smart Girls #3
Published by Entangled Embrace
Publication Date: May 9th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Priscilla Winslow has a mouth that spits fiery sarcasm faster than I can throw a touchdown. But I’ve wanted her ever since I saw her in that Bo Peep outfit on Halloween. Yep, I’m a sheep who will follow that little hottie anywhere. There’s one problem…she hates me. Just because we ended up in jail and quite possibly ruined both our futures...

They’re changing the rules…

College Quarterback, Preston Rush is living the dream. He’s leading his team to the National Championship and days away from earning a ‘first round draft pick’ label. When he meets Little Bo Peep at a Halloween party, he thinks he’s scored big. Instead, he wakes up in a jail cell with the corseted beauty. Because of him, she’s in trouble and when he discovers her true identity, he realizes, his nightmare is just beginning.

The always shooting for perfection Priscilla Winslow can’t believe her good deed has cost her soccer career. Even though she knows it isn’t Preston’s fault, she can’t forgive him for the disaster that is her life. She just wishes her damn body would get the message. Every time she sees him, it’s all she can do not to kiss him.

When everything crashes down around him, Preston will have to decide if doing the right thing is worth losing it all.

Priscilla is the captain of the women’s soccer team at her university.  She loves soccer and can’t wait to go to the championships (they’re almost there).  Unfortunately, going to a Halloween party puts that all in jeopardy.  She is at a bar with a friend dressed as Bo Peep (her sister stole her ninja costume and left her with the BP costume) when she heads to the bathroom after a few drinks.  She meets a guy dressed as Chewbacca in the hallway outside the bathroom and something about the eyes behind the mask get to her.  Not long after that interaction Priscilla heads out the back door of the bar to get a breath of fresh air and sees Chewbacca getting beaten up.  She tries to intervene but makes no headway so she decides to pull the fire alarm when no one will help her.  The cops come and arrest both Priscilla and Chewbacca (aka Preston Rush who is the quarterback of the football team) and throw them in a cell.

Priscilla ends up going before the Athletic Board and gets suspended for the remainder of the year.  She’s despondent about the outcome as she was just trying to help someone out and she’s pissed off because she had left a letter for Preston to tell him when the AB meeting was so that he could be her witness to the events but he didn’t show.

Preston is quite taken with Priscilla and when he sees that she’s pissed off at him he can’t understand it.  He wanted to help but never received her letter.  He swears he’ll help her (as his charges were dropped) but that means going before the AB and telling them his part in the matter which will get him suspended from the football team when they’re about to go to the National Championship.  His teammates get wind of what he’s planning and don’t like it at all.

Preston and Priscilla get closer the more time they spend together but Preston is keeping secrets and Priscilla’s not sure if she can completely trust that when her appeal comes around he’ll actually be there for her.

This was my first read by this author and it was a good one.  I really liked her writing style and the way she slowly brought the characters together.  The romantic and sexual tension between the two MC’s was intense and I loved it.

There were several things about this story that I really enjoyed.  Of course the romance was one of them as I enjoyed seeing Preston and Priscilla come together.  I admired Preston so, so much.  He had a good head on his shoulder, cared about his family and his teammates and tried to live his life with honor.  Yes, he’d screwed up at one point but since then he’d been trying to do the right thing.  He was also trying to help his teammates do the right thing as well and his show of support for them made me like him even more.  His support of Priscilla despite the ramifications of his coming clean to the AB made me want to throw my arms around him and hug him to death.

Priscilla was a strong character.  When Preston didn’t show up for the first AB meeting I loved how she didn’t let him get away with it.  She wasn’t afraid to get angry with him and tell him exactly how she felt.  Loved that!

Overall this was a great New Adult sport romance.  It was nice to have both the hero and the heroine involved in sports and not just the hero as it added another element to the book that I hadn’t read in other stories.  I liked Shae Ross’s writing and will be going back to read the other two books in this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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Guest Review: Waking Up Alive by Emma Shortt

Posted January 22, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Waking Up Alive by Emma ShorttReviewer: Tracy
Waking Up Alive by Emma Shortt
Series: End of Days Love #2
Also in this series: Waking Up Dead
Published by Entangled
Publication Date: January 18, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic
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After surviving the zombie apocalypse for two years, Tye LeBow never expected to be saved from a hungry gang of zombies by a geek with a bad attitude and a penchant for explosives. Tye can’t quite work out why scientist Polly Parker saved him. She doesn’t want his protection, and she certainly doesn’t want his company. But Tye has no intention of leaving the beguiling geek behind.

Polly doesn’t want to leave her home, but when the wakers begin to show signs of a burgeoning intelligence, heading south is the only option. With a car packed full of homemade explosives, and Tye’s very large axe, they are ready for the road trip of their lives.

Bombs and blades aren’t the only keys to survival–they’ll need to rely on each other, in a way that neither could have imagined…

Tye has been holding his own in the zombie apocalypse. He met his friend Jackson two years after it began and they’ve stuck together. Unfortunately, they get separated when running from zombies while in Chicago and that’s when Tye meets Polly.   Polly is a mathematician and when everything started going to hell a couple of years ago she holed up in her office building and she’s been quite safe. She should have left Chicago a long time ago but fear has kept her in place. She doesn’t want to trust Tye but forces herself to see him as a good person and it manages to work out.

Tye and Polly end up leaving Chicago together to head to the survivors camp that is near Laredo Texas. When they get near to it they end up in a zombie horde and Polly gets bitten by a zombie. The doctor at the camp has been working on a cure to the virus that is causing the zombieism and with Polly’s antibodies he may have done it. That doesn’t make Tye happy that Polly is now a zombie and that he may never get her back.

The story of Tye and Polly was a good one. I think you definitely have to read Jackson and Luke’s story in Waking Up Dead before starting Waking Up Alive. I don’t think you can fully grasp the situation or the thoughts behind the virus or the doctor’s “almost” cure unless you do. The story was good but can’t, imho, be read as a stand-alone novel.

Tye and Polly were a sweet couple together. I really liked the first part of the book when they meet and start to fall in love. You can see it as two friends falling in love and though it happens slowly and in definite stages it was no less touching. Polly and Tye were opposites but meshed well. I liked how Tye helped Polly with her fears and he supported her ideas with respect. He saw her as brave when she didn’t see that in herself.

The second part of the book was a good but a bit disappointing in the romance department. It had Polly as a zombie and we got weird Polly-zombie dreams which were quite strange and Tye going out to kill zombies cuz he couldn’t be with Polly. That was all good and it worked well for the cure but it didn’t really work for enhancing the romance between the two. The end was sweet but didn’t quite make up for the lack of romance in the second half of the book.

Despite my issues with the romance I still thought it was a quite enjoyable read. The descriptions of the zombies was appropriately disgusting and the action scenes were well done. Overall a decent read and one you won’t want to miss especially if you’ve already read Waking Up Alive.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Reading Order:

Waking Up Dead
Waking Up Alive


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