The Marriage Season by Jane Dunn @JaneDunnAuthor @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Marriage Season by Jane Dunn as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. Also thank you to the author and publisher for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

‘It’s not a fair world I’m afraid. Beauty or fortune carries the day. You have the beauty and I the fortune, so there’s every chance we’ll succeed’

In Regency England, marriage is everything. For young widow Sybella Lovatt, the time has come to find a suitable husband for her sister and ward Lucie. Male suitors are scarce near their Wiltshire estate, so the sisters resolve to head to London in time for The Season to begin.

Once ensconced at the Mayfair home of Lady Godley, Lucie’s godmother, the whirl of balls, parties and promenades can begin. But the job of finding a husband is fraught with rules and tradition. Jostling for attention are the two lords – the charming and irresistible Freddie Lynwood and the preternaturally handsome Valentine Ravenell, their enigmatic neighbour from Shotten Hall, Mr Brabazon, and the dangerous libertine Lord Rockliffe, with whom the brooding Brabazon is locked in deadly rivalry.

Against the backdrop of glamorous Regency England, Sybellamust settle Lucie’s future, protect her own reputation, and resist the disreputable rakes determined to seduce the beautiful widow. As the Season ends, will the sisters have found the rarest of things – a suitable marriage with a love story to match?

Purchase Link

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MY REVIEW

The Marriage Season was a refreshing read. It had a gentle and lighthearted way about it and I really enjoyed getting to know both Sybella and Lucie. Along with a wonderful cast of minor characters. They all brought something to the story whether it was a little bit of drama, sweet friendships and of course wonderful romantic moments. A special mention though has to go to little James, he made me smile and stole every scene he was in.

The author gave me an inviting and well written story. It’s safe to say I felt as if I had been transported to Regency England. The story had a lovely amount of detail. The kind that made me think it would translate well into a period drama whether that be on film or the small screen. The romantic entanglements were sweet and at times heartfelt. I couldn’t help but root for these characters. I felt as if I got to know them and was hoping that they would achieve their happy ever afters.

The Marriage Season was an engaging, charming and heartwarming tale!

Author Bio

Jane Dunn is an historian and biographer and the author of seven acclaimed biographies, including Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters and the Sunday Times and NYT bestseller, Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens. She comes to Boldwood with her first fiction outing – a trilogy of novels set in the Regency period, the first of which is to be published in January 2023. She lives in Berkshire with her husband, the linguist Nicholas Ostler.

Social Media Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaneDunnAuthor

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Bookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jane-dunn

Beguiling her Enemy Warrior by Lucy Morris @LMorris_Author @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Beguiling her Enemy Warrior by Lucy Morris as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Kidnapped by the warrior

Tempted by the man…

Captured by the infamous Lord Rhys, a Welsh prince intent on revenge against her family, Viking healer, Helga, must keep her wits about her if she’s to be freed. Easier said than done when she desires him rather than fears him! Helga senses there’s good inside Rhys and feels compelled to reach his heart. First she must make him see there’s more to her than just his enemy…

Purchase Links

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MY REVIEW

What a gorgeous story and such a fitting conclusion to this wonderful series! Each book in the Shieldmaiden Series has been a joy to read and Beguiling her Enemy Warrior was no exception. I was eager to see how everything would turn out for Helga. I have to admit I was a little unsure of Rhys after some of the events in book two. However I thought Lucy Morris did a wonderful job of slowly but surely revealing the hidden depths to Rhys. Helga also surprised as I got to know her, all of this made her so very likeable. They were so well suited but there were plenty of obstacles in front of them. I couldn’t help but hope for a happy ever after for them.

The pacing of the story was just right. There was drama, danger and a slow burn romance that was chemistry filled with added sizzle! This book has a brilliant sense of adventure and a certain level of danger. In fact all three books have had this in abundance. I thought the characters developed and grew in different ways. Helga may not have necessarily been outwardly/physically as strong as her sisters but she had a warmth and inner strength that shined through. I loved how Rhys fought against any attraction but couldn’t help but be affected by Helga. My opinion of Rhys definitely changed and before long he became an endearing, swoon worthy hero!

Beguiling her Enemy Warrior was a gorgeous, romantic adventure from first page to last. I loved it!

Author Bio

Lucy Morris has always been obsessed with myths and legends. Her books blend sweeping romance with vivid worldbuilding to whisk you away to another time and place filled with adventure. Expect passion, drama, and vibrant characters.

Lucy lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves Terry’s chocolate oranges and Irn-Bru. In her spare time, she likes to explore castles with her family, or drink bubbly with her friends.

Social Media Links

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Berlin Calling by Lilo Moore @LeonieMAuthor @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Berlin Calling by Lilo Moore and sharing my review today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The song contest is hotting up, on and off the stage!

Rose writes twee pop, smiles a lot, and believes in magic and rainbows. When the cheesy love song she wrote is chosen for the European Song Contest, her luck seems to be turning around – especially when a chance encounter leads to the hottest one-night stand of her life. It’s almost too bad she’ll never see him again.

But then Rose discovers it wasn’t a chance encounter. The hot German DJ with the sexy deep voice is her rival for song contest glory.
Grumpy Emil is incredibly talented and the song he spins with his sister could be a winner, even if he doesn’t appreciate the playful spirit of the contest. As the continent falls in love with Rose and Emil’s competitive banter on social media, they must hide their history from the press or risk losing credibility – and a future songwriting career.

With an anonymous gossip out to ridicule the colourful contestants and a plot to undermine European public broadcasting bubbling under the shiny surface, Rose must be strong in the face of criticism and stand up for everything the contest means to her.
If this Canadian girl can save the contest, maybe she can believe that her feelings for Emil are the real deal.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Berlin-Calling-Steamy-contest-romantic-ebook/dp/B0BN42SLN9/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Berlin-Calling-Steamy-contest-romantic-ebook/dp/B0BN42SLN9/

MY REVIEW

Berlin Calling was such a fun read from start to finish. It was romantic, sizzling and full of joy!

I really enjoyed getting to know both Emil and Rose. The supporting characters all played their parts perfectly and really brought something to the story. From friendships to drama and everything in between. I have to admit, Rose wasn’t exactly perfect but I liked that it gave her a more realistic edge. Yes, she made mistakes but don’t we all?! I loved the tension between Emil and Rose. It was at times sweet then at others steamy. This combination worked really well for me. Let’s just say that Emil was pretty easy to fall for too!

The story was lively and the pacing was pretty good too. The plot kept my interest throughout and I felt as if I was right there with the characters. There was a fun aspect to the story but also some important themes dotted throughout. I thought it combined really well and gave me an overall engaging experience. All that’s left to say is that Berlin Calling made me smile throughout with brilliant characters, fun music and a sizzling romance!

Author Bio

Lilo Moore is the steamy romantic comedy pen name of travel romance author Leonie Mack. She lives among vineyards in Germany, creating fictional worlds and counting down to her next trip.

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lilo.moore.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeonieMAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lilo.writes.romance/

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Blinded Me With Science by Tara September @taraseptember @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Blinded Me With Science by Tara September and sharing my review today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Opposites attract like a magnet to steel, or in this case, Emerson to Steel

Emerson Powers has been so focused on obtaining her science degree that she’s neglected the more social aspects of college life. With the new start of her junior year, she’s determined to fix that with a real hands-on lesson in biology. The assignment is simple enough—teach the rock star’s son how to be good, while he shows her how to be very bad. Two objectives, one outcome … will the lesson be love or heartbreak?

Steel is no longer the bad boy Emerson knew from prep school, and he’s set to prove it by helping Emerson complete her secret list of desired college experiences. And if he can convince her that they are meant to be together along the way, even better!

While teaming up on experiments, both in and out of the classroom, Emerson discovers a new side to Steel. Leaving her to question everything she thought she knew. Still, is it enough to forgive the past or just mere chemistry?

Purchase Links

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UK: https://amzn.to/3SCNfKS

CA: https://amzn.to/3SFfaK1

AU: https://amzn.to/3CEUTyZ

And there is a free bonus chapter available at https://bit.ly/taraseptemberbonus

MY REVIEW

Blinded Me With Science was such a quick and fun read! It was great to meet Emerson and Steel especially seeing their connection grow. Along with plenty of sizzling and chemistry filled moments. I loved that the characters had a past. I thought it helped to create a more rounded feel to the novella. On occasion with a novella being short the connection might not feel as complete. However I thought Tara September did a great job with this pair.

The enemies to lovers trope worked well in this story. As I turned the last page I really enjoyed my time spent with Emerson and Steel. I’m also now eager to pick up and read more books in this series! Although don’t worry this book works well as a standalone. Blinded Me With Science easily entertained with a great dual POV, a sizzling romance and a fun opposites attract vibe!

Author Bio

Fueled by an IV of green tea and Prosecco, Tara September is a multi-award-winning contemporary romance author of bestselling sassy & steamy love stories filled with banter. Based in Southwest Florida, Tara holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, as well as attended college courses at Queen’s College in London, U.K. She is also the proud mom to identical twin 10-year-old boys and three cats.

Social Media Links

Instagram ➜ https://instagram.com/taraseptemberauthor

Facebook ➜ https://facebook.com/taraseptemberauthor

Twitter ➜ https://twitter.com/taraseptember

Conveniently Wed to the Laird by Jeanine Englert @JeanineWrites @rararesources #BlogTour #Giveaway #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Conveniently Wed to the Laird by Jeanine Englert as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The laird’s bridal bid…

Is love too high a price to pay?

When new laird, Ewan Stewart, comes across a wife for sale at a market, he outbids everyone to rescue her. He never intended for Catriona to become his bride, but a convenient marriage could secure his clan’s future and her freedom. They agree that their arrangement must stay free of love, yet Catriona’s bravery and fire intrigue him. Can Ewan resist falling for his wife—the one rule he must not break?

Purchase Link

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MY REVIEW

This is was such a wonderful book! I loved the connection between Ewan and Catriona. Their first meeting was definitely unusual but it was a great way for the story to start. I couldn’t help but become invested in these characters. I would say that the romance was more of a slow burn but it was written in such a lovely way. Both characters had been hurt in the past so it made sense for a more tentative approach. I thought Jeanine Englert did a brilliant job of bringing warmth and a realistic edge to her characters.

The pacing of the book was great and it was very easy to become caught up in Ewan and Catriona’s story. I was hoping that everything would turn out okay for them, even with trouble in the clan and past hurts putting obstacles in their way. There was also a slight hint of mystery regarding one character. This is subtly threaded through and made me even more invested in this story. I definitely enjoyed this addition to the plot. Conveniently Wed to the Laird is part of a series but please don’t worry it easily works as a standalone. Although I do recommend starting with book one in the Falling for a Stewart series. They really are a great set of books!

From first page to last, Conveniently Wed to the Laird was a joy to read. The pages were filled with a wonderful romance and heartfelt moments. I loved it!

Author Bio

Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a VIVIAN® and Golden Heart® Finalist as well as a Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery. Her Scottish Highland historical and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers. Visit her website at www.jeaninewrites.com.

Social Media Links

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeanineWrites

Website: https://www.jeaninewrites.com

Goodreads: Conveniently Wed to the Laird by Jeanine Englert | Goodreads

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jeanine-englert?list=about

Instagram: https://www.instragram.com/JeanineWrites

Giveaway

Win a Highlander Trio Prize Pack (Open to UK/ US Only)

Settle in to enjoy the complete Falling for a Stewart Trilogy along with some Scottish themed jewelry and book swag! Good luck and thank you for participating in the giveaway!

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#Spotlight on… The Potter’s House by Hannah Ellis @BooksEllis @rararesources

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be shining a spotlight on The Potter’s House by Hannah Ellis as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. So let’s take a look at the description for the book and all the details…

Sometimes facing up to the past is the only way to create a better future…

Since the tragic death of his father, LowenTreneary has kept to himself in his pottery studio on the remote island of Bryher.

His quiet life is just the way he likes it.

Until Pippa comes along.

The local café owner plunges his peaceful existence into chaos and brightens his days while she’s at it.

Soon, he has an employee livening up his workplace with her determination to make his studio more profitable… and a growing attraction to Pippa which he’s trying hard to ignore.

Just as he starts to warm to the idea of letting people into his life again, a crisis hits the island, causing old memories to crash to the surface.

Can the events of the present help to heal wounds from the past? And will Pippa still accept Lowenwhen she learns the secrets he’s been keeping from everyone around him?

Purchase Link

https://mybook.to/ScillyBook4

Author Bio

Hannah spent many years working in childcare before deciding she’d like to write books. When she’s not busy writing she likes to read, drink tea and eat chocolate. She also enjoys yoga and jogging.

Social Media Links

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/BooksEllis

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/authorhannahellis/

One Night With Her Viking Warrior by Sarah Rodi @sarahrodiedits @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for One Night With Her Viking Warrior by Sarah Rodi and sharing my review today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Her forbidden love is back to claim her!

Once Lady Rebekah shared a life changing night with stable hand Raeden but he disappeared the morning after. Now she’s consort to a cruel Saxon Lord, and when Northmen lay siege to Ryestone Keep, Rebekah’s shocked to see Raeden leading the charge! This Viking warrior is not the man she remembers, yet she finds herself drawn to him again. Taken as his hostage, Rebekah must decide: can she trust him with her life…and her dangerous secret?

Purchase Links

https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/products/hqnsingle-07248001

https://www.harlequin.com/search.html?w=sarah+rodi

MY REVIEW

Oh, this book was brilliant! Everything worked for me, from the characters to the story. I was fully immersed in an intriguing story along with characters that captured my attention as soon as they were introduced.

The pacing was great with a fairly swift beginning as Rebekah and Raeden meet once again after years apart. Then there was a more steadier and engaging pace as these characters had to work through years of hurt and their pasts. This combined with charged moments filled with chemistry that created both a sweet and sizzling connection.

It’s safe to say I didn’t want to put this book down and if I’d had the chance I would have read it in one sitting. I loved the journey that Sarah Rodi took me on. It was filled with a hint of danger and a gorgeous romance. One Night With Her Viking Warrior was a wonderful second chance at love story.

Author Bio

Sarah Rodi has always been a hopeless romantic. She grew up watching old, romantic movies recommended by her grandad, or devouring love stories from the local library. Sarah lives in the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where she enjoys walking along the River Thames with her husband, her two daughters and their dog. She has been a magazine journalist for over 20 years, but it has been her lifelong dream to write romance for Mills & Boon. Sarah believes everyone deserves to find their happy ever after.

You can contact her via @sarahrodiedits or sarahrodiedits@gmail.com. Or visit her website at sarahrodi.com

Social Media Links

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@sarahrodiedits

A Laird in London by Catherine Tinley @CatherineTinley @rararesources #BlogTour #Giveaway #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for A Laird in London by Catherine Tinley as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

There’s a new Laird in town

Will he leave with a wife?

Angus MacDonald has just arrived in London to reclaim his land when he rescues Lady Isabella Wood from a cattle stampede! Their instant attraction is undeniable, but Isabella must wed this Season and Angus isn’t looking for a bride. His wild Hebridean home is a world away from London Society, so Isabella is completely out-of-bounds. Even if their connection is unlike anything he’s felt before.

Purchase Link

https://mybook.to/LairdLondon

MY REVIEW

A Laird in London was a treat from start to finish! I loved getting to know Angus and Isabella. There was something so engaging and likeable about them. I loved those first few accidental meetings that then developed into friendship. The kind that was sweet but filled with a wonderful chemistry. This duo had a realistic feel to them and I felt as if I really got to know them. The story itself moved at a good pace and I was invested in seeing how everything would all turn out for Angus and Isabella.

A Laird in London is part of a series (Lairds of the Isles) but don’t worry it works perfectly as a standalone story. However I really enjoyed book one in the series and after finishing this book I’m eager to read book three when it is released. A Laird in London really did work so well from the characters to the setting. This story had a romantic touch, a wonderful lightness and a heartwarming feel that made this book the perfect escape for me!

Author Bio

Catherine Tinley is a multi-award winning author of witty, heartwarming historical romance. Her first novel, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita® Award for Best Historical Romance in 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNAAward for Best Historical Romance 2021 as well as the HOLT Medallion, and A Waltz with the Outspoken Governess won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2022.

She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com, on facebooktwitter, and instagram. Full links are here.

Social Media Links

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Giveaway

Win a signed copy of A Laird in London (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Bingo Reading Challenge – 2022 – The results…

Thanks for stopping by!

This is my third year of trying to complete this bingo card and let’s just say I’ll try again next year. I do love a challenge! 😂

Let’s see how many I actually got.

Okay, it was 14 in total 😂

Over 400 Pages

Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Novella

The Wrong Ghost by Victoria Connelly

One word title

Miriam by Linda O’Byrne

Listen to an audiobook

Geneva by Richard Armitage

Standalone

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Set in a place you want to visit

Murder in Tuscany by T.A. Williams

Book set in a different country

True Courage by Kathryn Barrett

Romance

The Duke’s Family for Christmas by Sarah Mallory

Author shares your first name

A Very Modern Marriage by Rachel Brimble

Book by a debut author

Love and London by Ellie White

Author’s surname starts with “J”

Radio Ha Ha by Kiltie Jackson

Set in the future

Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift

Borrowed from the library

Do No Harm by Jack Jordan

Re-read

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

I will be doing the challenge again this year. Let’s see how well I do 😬😂

Well, that’s it from me.

Rae xx