*ARC REVIEW* ~ The Duke of Diamonds, by Emily Windsor

 #NewRelease RegencyRomance

Heat Level: Sensual. Moderate. Tone: Warm. Witty. Romantic. 

Release Date: 2nd April 2020
Length: 70,000 words

 A brusque duke bound by duty. A brazen heroine bound by poverty. Art. Trickery. Friendship. Diamonds. And Cleopatra…

Blurb

A lady intent on deception…
A duke who knows every trick in the book…
A passionate obsession with fiery consequences.

With a coldness to match the diamonds that adorn his cravat, Casper Brook, the eighth Duke of Rothwell, possesses all a nobleman could desire…almost. So when a seductive minx perches upon his desk and claims to know the whereabouts of his one deepest obsession, temptation beckons to uncover all her secrets.

With a boldness to match the red flame of her locks, Miss Evelyn Pearce possesses naught but an ailing young sister and an ebony-black cat…almost. So when she perches upon a duke’s desk and claims to know the whereabouts of his one deepest obsession, temptation beckons to discover all his desires.

Her plan to deceive a duke of ruthless reputation is audacious, but in true society, weren’t all dukes buffle-headed with jovial smiles and far too many acres? Plots unravel, guises fall and deceiving the flawless Duke of Diamonds has sparkling consequences…

My Review ~ Delightful Regency read, full of humour, warmth and romance

5 Stars *****

This new release by Emily Windsor is just the ticket if you are after a feel good romance. Full of wit and charm, it features a handsome duke with a reputation of being cold and brutally efficient in his business dealings, and a desperate woman intent on deceiving him to safeguard the health of her sister and escape poverty.

It has oodles of humour and warmth and the hero and heroine are a perfect fit for each other. I just loved how the hero Casper reacts as soon as he claps eyes on Evelyn –  his well-planned and ordered world is rocked on its axis and starts to unravel…

Although immediately attracted to Evelyn, he is resolved to reveal the truth of the matter but also unmask her true character. In the process he reveals more than he ever expected, not just about Evelyn but himself and others dearest to him in the process.

As for Evelyn, she is by far my favourite Emily Windsor heroine to date! She is no shrinking violet and speaks her mind, her time spent surviving amongst London’s slums giving her even more spunk and backbone. I so sympathised with her situation and how circumstances led to her and her younger sister being in such dire straits. The path she has embarked on, of deceiving a Duke, is not one she is proud of but in the dire circumstances they are in she feels she has no choice.

She is a strong and intelligent woman who is not afraid of going toe to toe with Casper and is selfless in her love and devotion to those she cares for. As the plot evolves she realises that Casper is not the stuffy Duke that she thought him to be.

Can Evelyn go through with her ruse? What will Casper – a man who despises untruths and artifice, do if he realises the extent of her ruse? Will she manage to deceive the Duke and secure a safe and secure future for her and her sister away from London and the dangers that lurk there or will her past catch up with her? I enjoyed both the evolution and the pacing of the plot and the supporting characters added to the drama and general mayhem.

The Duke of Diamonds is a thoroughly well-constructed and delightful Regency caper with a HEA, which I recommend to all lovers of the genre.

Reviewed by Tina Williams

Please note, an ARC of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

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*REVIEW* ~ Beautifully Broken (The Broken Series Book 1), by Stacy Rush

Adult/18+ read

#newadult #bdsm #darkread

Blurb

Kassidy has always been the good girl. Always studying, earning her straight A’s, never went to parties, and never dates. She lives for dance. As a student Julliard, she has worked hard to get the performing roll in the Nutcracker…her life-long dream. When tragedy hits, she has to decide between continuing her dream as a dancer…or taking over her family’s legacy. An unforseen circumstance arises in the form of a certain tall, dark stranger.

Tristan is the VP of a world famous robotic technology company. When he loses his boss and mentor, he becomes responsible for the new CEO of the company. It’s his responsibility to teach her about the business and look after the young woman. He never expected to fall for the stunning dancer. She is too young…too innocent for his world. He fights the desire burning within, but it’s too much…she’s too beautiful…and way too curious about his personal life. Breaking Kassidy is going to be the sweetest moment of his life…and the most challenging, but there are others who want the job for themselves.

Kassidy and Tristan’s story is not your typical love story. Although there is a HEA…their journey is full of dark and twisted bends. Find our what happens when the innocent meets the darkness.

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My Review – Dark, Suspenseful and Heart-rending ~ 5 stars

This book will have you riding the highs and plumbing the depths of despair along with the characters – it is not, I emphasise, a read for the faint-hearted. It IS a romance and does have a HEA, but it is hard won and the heroine Kassidy goes through SO much before it is realised. Her journey, from a young ingénue, unfamiliar with the  BDSM lifestyle, to one experiencing it in all of its many facets was an emotional read.

Kassidy is such an innocent at the start of the novel and my heart bled for her as the story unfolds. Tristan, older and more worldly than Kassidy, is heavily into the world of BDSM, and as a dom likes to play hard with his submissives. That said, Kassidy is somehow different; he wants her for himself but at the same time tries to resist involving her in his world on account of her youth and lack of sexual experience. Kassidy however, has other ideas and she is soon drawn into his world…

In addition to exploring the world of BDSM, it also contains scenes of violence and non-consent which some may find triggering. What shines through however, is the love Tristan and Kassidy have for one another, even when all seems lost.

As characters Kassidy and Tristan are really put through the mill by the author, questioning themselves and their love for each other. I will not reveal much of the plot, suffice to say that Kassidy finds this world a dangerous one. The novel has many unexpected twists and turns which left me reeling. I am familiar with BDSM reads and dark romantic suspense and this author manages to combine the two in a page-turning read.

Recommended to readers who enjoy dark BDSM reads and/or dark reads with a HEA.

Reviewed by Tina Williams

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*ARC REVIEW* ~ Nemesis (Realm of Flame and Shadow Book 2)

#paranormal #romance #urbanfantasy #enemiestolovers

Blurb

When a vampire hunter cursed by her tainted heritage falls for an archangel out for her blood, an ancient covenant threatens to claim more than their lives…

All dhampir Rowan Moreton wants is a normal life, but as an assassin of the Enclave of the Phoenix, she knows that’s impossible. She learned the hard way it’s too dangerous to be distracted, when her enemies lurk in every shadow. But one night with the gorgeous Azrael has her wishing things can be different. Is it possible to keep her sordid life a secret from him, without endangering him?

The archangel Azrael only cares about one thing. To hunt down the dhampir army of his sworn enemy. But when he meets the bewitching Rowan, he’s tempted to break every rule in the book to keep her by his side.

As outside forces close in on them, neither will sacrifice the other. But after a bitter betrayal, their pasts come back to haunt them, and the hunters become the hunted.

Caught in a deadly web of deception, and with time running out, they must risk everything to survive. But sometimes power isn’t everything, and the price of freedom is just too high…

My Review

Powerful, passionate and emotional enemies-to-lovers romance  ~ 5 stars

I absolutely LOVED this latest instalment of the author’s Realm of Flame and Shadow series. Nemesis is an enemies-to-lovers romance telling the story of the archangel Azrael and his fateful relationship with dhampir assassin Rowan. It’s a sexy, fast-paced paranormal/urban fantasy read containing secrets, danger and betrayal plus oodles of passion and hotness! Azrael is a side character in the first book Redemption, which I also enjoyed (click on the title for my review), but this book can easily be read as a standalone.

Both Azrael and Rowan are such strong characters but each have their vulnerabilities which are well portrayed by the author. The powerful immortal Azrael is drawn to Rowan like no other woman and she, despite knowing a normal life is not her destiny, is equally enamoured.  I  adored that she is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with when the truth is out. Indeed, her very existence is entwined with that of Azreal’s despised vampire enemy, for whom his hatred runs long and deep.

Their battle to overcome their preconceived ideas about each other – their kind are after all mortal enemies, and the many threats to them over the course of the book made for a memorable and thrilling read. When the chips are down how will their relationship survive? Will they choose each other or defend their own kind? It’s a powerful, passionate and emotional read.

Azrael and Rowan are so perfect for each other but there are just so many obstacles to their pairing that I really despaired of their chance of a HEA. This fact, not to mention the addictive plot and well fleshed out secondary characters kept me on my toes and I didn’t want to put the book down until I found out what was in store for the couple.

The series is shaping up to showcase the author’s ability to craft memorable characters and world building, not to mention unforgettable romantic pairings! I thoroughly recommend it to fans of paranormal/urban fantasy.

Reviewed by Tina Williams

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*REVIEW* ~ Strangeways, by Addison Cain

#alieninvasion #interspecieslove #scifi #erotic #romance

Adult/18+ read

 

Blurb

“Beyond twisted and filthy hot, Strangeways is the most unique sci-fi romance I’ve read in years!” NYT Bestselling author, Anna Zaires

I have been chosen.

One moment I was leaving work, the next I was entertaining a silvery-green alien intent on knowing me fully.

Their invasion of our world nonviolent, seamless.

They dress as human men, eat in human restaurants, vote, pay taxes, and are controlling every last one of us.

I don’t understand how no one else can see what I see? That their beauty is a trap.

They have come here for women, intent on creating life partners—through seduction, mental manipulation, employing muscular bodies capable of fulfilling any female desire. Shaping themselves to our wants.

Until we’ve each been claimed, marked, and changed. Assimilated.

We don’t have a choice. They can make us like it. They can make us desire them. They can make us do anything they want.

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My Review – The ultimate in alien invasion… 4 stars

This sci-fi novella by Addison Cain is aptly named! It not only contains some sizzling and highly erotic inter-species loving – and as a fan of alien/human interactions for me this ticked a LOT of boxes, but it is also a thought -provoking read, representing the ultimate in alien invasion.

Emily is a downtrodden waitress, taken advantage of by her boss and her surviving family. She attracts the interest of the alien Phi, a member of a race who have lived peacefully alongside humans since they appeared on earth decades ago. Emily finds it impossible to resist Phi, however much her mind reminds her that ultimately his kind are invaders. Phi, however, is both persistent and persuasive and goes all out to satisfy her needs on ALL levels!

Phi, like all of his kind, is adept at mental manipulation designed to bond them to their chosen mates ever further. Whilst Phi is certainly the ultimate controlling male, I found his actions, given his true nature, caring and sweet, albeit in an oftentimes creepy way. The read is certainly a crazy one and has me questioning my own sanity as I enjoyed their relationship!

I enjoyed how the book explored the concept of assimilation/control versus free will through the relationship of the main characters, leaving the reader at liberty to examine their own thoughts with regards to the notion. It is far from your traditional romance as it pushes the boundaries, but that is what I love about this author. I found this read not as dark as many of her other reads such as Cathedral and Omegaverse books, but pure Addison Cain nonetheless.

Will Emily go along with his seduction? – after all he constantly reminds her it is in her best interests, or will she be able to resist? Indeed, does she want to, and how much compulsion is Phi willing to put on this human female he has decided he wants to bond with? As the story progresses both Emily and the reader come to fully understand what it really means to be assimilated by the invaders.

All in all a highly original and thought provoking erotic read and I would like to see more of the new world the author has created!

Reviewed by Tina Williams

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*REVIEW* ~ Moonstone: A Contemporary Reverse Harem Romance Novella (Jewels Cafe Book 11), by Lucy Felthouse

#erotic #romance #reverseharem

 

Blurb

Moonstone Guinevere ‘Ginny’ Miles is in Silver Springs visiting her parents for the holidays. They moved to the town five years ago, and adore their new life here. Used to the hustle and bustle of London, England, Ginny isn’t convinced at first—what’s so great about a small town in Upstate New York, anyway? Despite her own opinions, it’s clear to Ginny the move has done her parents the world of good—they look years younger. There’s clearly something magical about this town.

Following some exploration of her own, Ginny discovers Silver Springs has its charms—Jewels Cafe is amazing, for starters, as is its pumpkin spice latte. Ginny’s drunk a lot of lattes in her thirty-three years, but nothing quite like this.

Her taste buds are still tingling from the tasty treat when she comes across a broken-down truck on the way back to her parents’ place. And when she spots the three gorgeous guys with the vehicle, it’s not just her taste buds that are tingling.

Is Ginny’s vacation in Silver Springs about to get a whole lot more interesting?

Moonstone is a standalone contemporary reverse harem romance. It is part of the Jewels Cafe series.

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My Review – 

Fun, sexy and damn hot! – 5 stars

I loved this light-hearted and sexy novella penned by Lucy Felthouse, which is full of seasonal fun and magic.

The heroine, Ginny, is visiting her parents in the US town Silver Springs, when trudging through the snow on her way back from town she comes across a broken down truck. She is instantly bowled over by not one but three sexy men. For some unexplained reason her hormones are on overdrive after drinking a pumpkin spice latte at Silver Springs’ Jewels Café, recommended to her by her loveable and quirky matchmaking parents. The scene is then set for some serious love action and some sizzling scenes!

This reverse harem novella is just the ticket if you are after a fun-loving erotic romance with all the feels. It is set during the Christmas holidays and I felt that this added to my enjoyment of the read as the warmth Ginny and her parents feel for each other was a lovely backdrop to the passion between Ginny and her trio of gorgeous men friends. The trio are equally enamoured with Ginny from the off – they are more than willing to share, and are not shy of letting her know their intentions. All three men have different personalities and I was left feeling that Ginny is one lucky girl to have them all to herself! I am off to google the recipe for pumpkin spice latte!

Perfect for fans of erotic romance and fun and loving reverse harem reads.

Reviewed by Tina Williams

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