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Guest Review: When a Marquess Loves a Woman by Vivienne Lorret

Posted November 16, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: When a Marquess Loves a Woman by Vivienne LorretReviewer: Tracy
When a Marquess Loves a Woman by Vivienne Lorret
Series: Season's Original #3
Also in this series: This Earl is on Fire (Season's Original #2)
Published by Avon Impulse
Publication Date: October 4th 2016
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four-stars

As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord... taking Max’s heart with her.

Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can barely stand the sight of her. But Juliet has endured far too much to give up without a fight and if it’s a battle of wills he wants, it’s a battle he’ll get.

He hates her for breaking his heart. She detests him for destroying her future. But beneath all the loathing simmers an intoxicating passion that neither can ignore… and the harder they resist, the harder they will inevitably fall.

Maxwell only has eyes for his friend and neighbor, Juliet.  Unfortunately Juliet only has eyes for Maxwell’s half-brother – a Marquess (different fathers).  When Juliet finds out from Max that his brother is going to marry someone else she takes his comfort in the form of a kiss but they are caught.  He leaves the house that night at her father’s bidding but returns in the morning with a ring and a plan to head to Gretna Green.  When he gets to her house she and her family are gone and she’s off to marry a titled gentleman.  Maxwell is pissed and plans to never forgive her.

Now it’s 6 years later and Juliet’s horrible husband is dead. Max inherited a title from a far off uncle and is now a Marquess. Juliet’s returned to London but Max will stop at nothing to get her out of his city.  Their mothers are friends so they put up a good front but they end up making a bet – whoever can name the season’s original will get to own the house that Juliet grew up in.  If she loses Juliet has to leave London forever.  The playing out of the bet puts Max and Juliet in close proximity of each other and they finally figure out what they thought was hate was actually love.

This is definitely a book that made me feel a varying range of emotions. I really liked Max and my heart hurt for him when he found Juliet and her family gone.  He loved her so much and I just felt so bad for his situation.  Now there is a fine line between never forgiving someone and outright hating them, at least in my opinion.  I guess the years had just let him stew and it had grown out of proportion.  I did like him quite a bit though and was happy that he turned out to be a much better man than he showed us when first seeing Juliet again.

Juliet – oh I felt horrible for her.  She was forced to marry her husband because of her father’s debt and her husband had only wanted her as an object he could possess.  He kept telling her that she wasn’t worth anything but what was on the outside and once that faded he’d throw her away.  Oh man that had to suck for her!  What a jackass.  Luckily for her she didn’t have to experience that (the throwing away) as he died not long after they got married.  I loved the way Lorret had Juliet slowly falling in love with Max and realizing that she always had been in love with him – not his brother.

The end was a bit convoluted but it still made me smile.  I really liked the HEA in this one and was happy to see Max and Juliet finally figure it all out.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Blog Tour: WALLFLOWER WEDDING SERIES by Vivienne Lorret

Posted September 15, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 4 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

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Tempting Mr. Weatherstone
Wallflower Wedding Series #0.5
Releases on Avon Impulse by November 25, 2014

USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret revisits her Wallflower Wedding series with a delightful tale of friends-to-lovers, just in time for Christmas.

Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open his eyes and realize how much she loves him. If only they weren’t best friends with so much at stake. Penelope knows her future—and their friendship—is in her hands, but is she willing to take the biggest risk of all on the man she loves?

If it were up to Ethan, life and love would be as predictable as the figures in his ledgers—certainly nothing like the adventures Penelope longs for. Yet his childhood friend has grown into a beautiful, feisty woman blissfully unaware of the danger she causes when near. Ethan knows he must save Penelope and her reputation … but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?

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Daring Miss Danvers
Wallflower Wedding Series #1
Releases on Avon Impulse by May 6, 2014

It’s all fun and games . . . until someone falls in love.

Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he’s properly wed, Rathburn’s slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend’s wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem . . . He can’t help falling in love with her.

Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn’s scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she’d imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.

For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game . . . But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.

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Winning Miss Wakefield
Wallflower Wedding Series #2
Releases on Avon Impulse by June 10, 2014

She’s got nothing left to lose…

With her fiancé suddenly engaged to another and her reputation in tatters, Merribeth Wakefield needs a bold plan to reclaim her life. She must be brave. Confident. She must … kiss a rake? The suggestion is ludicrous! Yet when Merribeth finds herself alone with the dark and brooding Lord Knightswold, suddenly the plan doesn’t seem so farfetched. So she does something she never thought she’d do—she kisses him.

But he has everything to gain…

The Marquess of Knightswold—Bane to most—has no use for the affections of women. Well, none lasting longer than a single night. A plot for revenge weighs heavy on his mind, leaving no room for romance. But then a shy, witty miss borrows a kiss from him in a darkened room, and everything he thought he knew about innocent debutantes vanishes along with her.

When a twist of fate brings Merribeth within Bane’s grasp, he’ll have to resist her charms—or risk losing everything—for the sake of his heart.

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Finding Miss McFarland
Wallflower Wedding Series #3
Releases on Avon Impulse by August 5, 2014

Fans of historical romance authors Lorraine Heath and Sophie Jordan will adore Vivienne Lorret’s latest Wallflower Wedding novel.

Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money . . . or not at all.

Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn’t been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin’s noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney’s wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death . . . a life without love.

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Excerpt

She looked at Rathburn, watching the buttons of his waistcoat move up and down as he caught his breath. When he looked away from the door and back to her, she could see the dampness of their kiss on his lips. Her kiss.

He grinned and waggled his brows as if they were two criminals who’d made a lucky escape. “Not quite as buttoned-up as I thought.” He licked his lips, ignoring her look of disapproval. “Mmm…jasmine tea. And sweet, too. I would have thought you’d prefer a more sedate China black with lemon. Then again, I never would have thought such a proper miss would have such a lush, tempting mouth either.”

She pressed her lips together to blot away the remains of their kiss. “Have you no shame? It’s bad enough that it happened. Must you speak of it?”

He chuckled and stroked the pad of his thumb over his bottom lip as his gaze dipped, again, to her mouth.

“You’re right, of course. This will have to be our secret. After all, what would happen if my grandmother discovered that beneath a façade of modesty and decorum lived a warm-blooded temptress with the taste of sweet jasmine on her lips?”

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USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original Series.

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Guest Review: This Earl is on Fire by Vivienne Lorret

Posted August 9, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: This Earl is on Fire by Vivienne LorretReviewer: Tracy
This Earl is on Fire (Season's Original #2) by Vivienne Lorret
Series: Season's Original #2
Also in this series: When a Marquess Loves a Woman
Published by Avon Impulse
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
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four-stars

The sheltered daughter of a country baron, Miss Adeline Pimm comes to London looking for adventure… and finds it in the form of a bloody, unconscious man slumped in the doorway of her family’s rented townhouse. Though his identity is a mystery, Adeline is inexplicably drawn to the handsome, injured man and vows to nurse him back to health.

Liam Cavanaugh, the scandalous Earl of Wolford, is startled when he awakens in an unfamiliar bed, wrapped in bandages that hinder his eyesight, with no memory of why he was beaten half to death. Although he can’t see the witty young woman who tends to his wounds, her alluring voice—and a single stolen kiss from her soft lips—helps & soothe his pain. But when he is fully healed, Liam is not ready to let go of the one woman who stirs his deepest longings.

Liam will do whatever it takes to see Adeline again, even if it means giving up his rakish ways. But his disreputable past is not so easily forgotten and his secrets are far more dangerous than he—or Adeline—ever imagined.

Adeline comes from a long line of Pimm’s that fall in love almost at first site. When she’s only been in London for less than 24 hours and finds a bloody, unconcious man on her doorstep she feels…something when she touches him. He’s been beaten pretty badly so Adeline and her parents take care of the man.

When Liam, the Earl of Wolford, wakes up to find himself in a strange place with strange people, he’s instantly suspicious of their motives. He’s not a trusting man but eventually comes to believe that the Pimm’s are good people. He’s had his head wrapped because of his head injury so he can only hear their voices and he’s instantly soothed whenever Adeline talks to him. He becomes a bit dependent on her, even when his wrap is removed and he sees the beautiful girl for the first time. He’s been hurt in the past by someone who only wanted his money and title and he won’t fall for that again.

Unfortunately even though his stay with the Pimm’s is (relatively) innocent, Adeline’s reputation is a bit sullied. Wolford is a rake and the fact that he was in the Pimm’s house makes people look at Adeline like a loose woman. She is aided by friends of Liam’s and soon all is right. Or is it? Adeline finds herself falling in love with Liam but he doesn’t plan on marrying for another 30 years and she plans to never marry. On top of that there’s still someone after Liam and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want.

This was a sweet romance that didn’t have a whole lot of angst. The H/h fell in love pretty quicly but didn’t come forward with their declarations until the end. It was well written and a definitely easy to get into.

Adeline was a good person who had been raised by good parents. Yes, they’d coddled her because she had one leg shorter than the other, an accident at birth, but once she put her foot down and told them she wanted to do for herself, they let her. I really liked her parents a lot and between the three of them they made the book entertaining.

Liam was a rake but we never really saw any of that, which was good. He was pretty incapacitated during the first part of the book so I wasn’t too bothered by not seeing examples of his rakish ways. He really was an intellectual man but had hidden that from people so while the ton thought they knew him so well they truly didn’t know him at all. I loved that he cared so much about Adeline and though the end was completely unconventional I still really liked it.

Overall it was a good romance. I didn’t read the first book in the series and didn’t feel that I needed to in order to read this one – it was a good standalone.

Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5

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Review: Five Golden Rings: A Christmas Collection

Posted December 13, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Mistletoe Magic by Sophie Barnes

Lady Eleonor is talked into ending her mourning period for her mother by her mother’s best friend. She’s also asked to join a group that consists of, in essence, matchmakers. A group that both her mother and grandmother had been a part of. Eleonor decides that this is definitely something she can do and is assigned a shy girl named Lady Amy to bring out of her shell.

Across the village Connor is bashing himself in the head because he gambled and lost and his debt is to find a gangly Earl’s son a wife. He chooses Lady Amy as his goal but is somewhat thwarted by Eleonor. They have no idea that they are at cross purposes – as Eleonor doesn’t feel that the Earl’s son is right for Amy – but that doesn’t stop Connor from making a move on Eleonor.

This was such a straightforward love story that it was refreshing in its simpleness. Eleonor and Connor meet and pretty entranced with each other. They court and then fall in love. Yes, there’s a little bit of a misunderstanding – but it’s really so minor as to not really be an issue. Overall it was a very sweet romance.

 
His Perfect Gift by Karen Erickson

Lady Eleanor Fitzsimmons is a very poor Earl’s daughter and the Duke of Ashton is completely besotted. He tries to tell himself that he just lusts after her but he can’t take his eyes off of her. They have a history that causes Eleanor to completely ignore the Duke however. Three years earlier during Eleanor’s first season Henry had courted her and they had each known that they would marry. But Eleanor’s father forced her to refuse Henry’s offer because he was “only” the second son of a Duke. We three years later and 2 deaths and boom – Henry’s the Duke.

Eleanor believes that Henry is only out for revenge but when he invites her and her family to his country house for Christmas she finds a must lustier duke than she had planned on. Since she never stopped loving Henry – as much as she told herself she had – she easily fell for his charms.

This was another sweet story. Erickson had me into the story immediately with Henry gazing at Eleanor as she walks into a ballroom. She’s wearing a ribbon around her neck as she has no jewels and he’s completely enamored with that ribbon. I liked Henry from the word go. He and Eleanor were perfect for each other and I loved how they each were holding a torch for the other after the years they were separated. Good stuff.

 
War of the Magi by Rena Gregory

Phin Baldwin is relatively new in town and he’s a bit skeptical about some of the Christmas traditions that the townsfolk of Preston, South Dakota hold dear. One of those traditions is to have a drawing for a carving of the 2 wise men. Whoever “wins” gets to keep the wise men and they put 3 of their dearest wishes into it and hope they come true for Christmas. When Phin wins the wise men he refuses to believe and puts it in the window of his newspaper without wishes added.

Ginny Overton has a crush on Phin, until she discovers his non-belief in the statue. She’s disgusted with him and tells him that she is. Phin isn’t moved at all until he discovers that Ginny’s been sneaking in and taking the statue to a different person every day. When Ginny decides that she’s going to try to make everyone’s wishes come true she grudgingly asks for Phin’s help. Spending all that time together shows each another side of the other – and they like what they see.

This was a great Christmas story! I loved both Phin and Ginny’s characters and their butting of heads. The gift giving was quite brilliant and very imaginative considering it was South Dakota in 1908! While the romance seemed to take a back seat it was always there in the background and the togetherness of the h/h was what drew me in. Definitely a story I’ll reread again and again.

Her Christmas Knight by Sandra Jones

Lady Nia de Brionne’s father is determined to get his two daughters married off. He has invited knights a plenty to stay at his home and compete in a tournament to win their hand. Nia is truly not interested in any of it but she tries to put on a good face for her father. She’s quite surprised when Sir Caerwyn shows up with his brother to compete. Nia and Caerwyn had been sweet on each other several years earlier and Caerwyn had given Nia his heart but he caught her in what he thought was a compromising position and hurried off to the Crusades.

Nia is still in love with Caerwyn but he doesn’t seem to want anything to do with her. Caerwyn still loves Nia but is afraid of giving his heart away again for fear it will be stomped on.

A story of sweethearts reunited. This medieval romance brought two very stubborn people together. I loved seeing Caerwyn with his alpha maleness being brought up short by Nia’s forthright manner. This misunderstanding years earlier is put to bed and the two finally admit that they never fell out of love. A lovely story.

 
Tempting Mr. Weatherstone by Vivienne Lorret

Penelope Rutledge and Ethan Weatherstone have been friends for forever. They know so much about the other and revel in the knowledge that very little changes in their lives. Except….Penelope maybe isn’t so happy with the sameness. She’s finally realized that she needs more in her life…an adventure – and the adventure she wants is named Ethan. Ethan isn’t completely obtuse but he’s definitely afraid of upsetting the apple cart. What if he spills his heart and it gets stomped on and then he loses his best friend? He just can’t take that chance.

When Penelope decides that she’s heading off on an adventure without Ethan he goes after her and they have a torrid moment in his carriage. Instead of making Ethan see how much Penelope loves him, however, he sees it as “a most unfortunate incident.” It’s not until Ethan finds out she’s moving away that he finally sees the light and decides to take a chance on love.

Let me start by saying that I love friends to lovers stories. They always get my heart beating when the couple finally sees each other in a different light. This story was the same way and I was loving it…until Ethan became a coward. I understood his fear of rejection and the possibility of losing his friendship with Penelope but I just wanted him to grow a pair!!! His desire to leave everything as it was just reeked to me of an old musty bachelor and he wasn’t old or musty at all. I ended up being happy with the end result but there was definitely a good portion of the book where I found myself frustrated for Penelope’s sake.

This ended up being a great historical anthology. I loved that we got not only regency romance but some western historical and medieval romance as well as it shook things up a bit. I would definitely recommend this for those who like historical anthologies.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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