27 September 2019

Tour: The Marquess Meets His Match by Julie Coulter Bellon

The Marquess Meets His Match by Julie Coulter Bellon.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Clean Read.
Publication: August 15th 2019 by Stone Hall Books.
A traitor with a deadly plan. Two agents sent to expose his identity before he strikes. But danger is closer than they think . . .

Lord Christian Wolverton―known as Wolf in a covert group operating during the war against Napoleon―has been called home from his military duties. For the moment, his family responsibilities require him to suspend his more clandestine activities. But information falls into his hands that a traitor will soon try to tip the scales back into French favor and Christian doesn't have much time to stop it from happening.

Going to the one person who can help him, the powerful Duke of Huntingdon, Christian comes face to face with Lady Alice. She's a beautiful member of the ton with a very big secret―she's also a trained agent and already on the case. Forced to partner with her to lure the traitor out of hiding, Christian wants to quickly close the case himself, before Lady Alice is more closely involved. But Lady Alice has ideas of her own and she's going to prove her theories correct―with or without him.

Danger is closer than they think, however, and it's a race against time to expose the traitor's identity before British lives are endangered. Both Christian and Alice have strong opinions on who he is, but which one will be proven right and can they catch him before it's too late?

Reviewed by Kelly.

First of all this book got me out of a reading slump. I opened the book and didn’t stop till I was done. I haven’t done that in a while. The mixture of historical fiction/romance/romantic suspense/mystery was the perfect combination to keep me interested! I suppose having a female bada** is what helped too! She was a future girl living in the past. She wasn’t dainty at all but she still had her proper self!! I wanted to know who the bad guy was and why! I had ideas but I was sooo wrong! I loved it!!

The romance was just right and it showed how sometimes you have to have faith and trust in the other person and not get distracted in what needs to be done. Lord Wolverton at first didn’t care to find Alice to be a spy. But he grew to trust her. And Alice still somehow kept herself from reproach and knew her stuff. They both had skills that complimented each other and together, they got the job done.

I really really loved this book. I just haven't had a book to keep me fully engaged lately. But I couldn't stop once I opened it up! It was full of action, adventure, mystery, intrigue and a touch of romance. I just can’t really describe enough of why I loved it!!

If you like historical fiction, post war problems, stories of mystery, finding out who the bad guy is, loving families, women who are spies, knife skills, horseback riding, people having good instincts, and finding love than this might be for you! As for me, it’s on my to read and reread list!

Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of nearly two dozen romantic suspense books. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense, Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense and The Captain was a RONE award finalist for Best Suspense. Most recently, her books The Capture and Second Look were both Whitney finalists for Best Suspense/Mystery.

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she's visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. In her free time she loves to read, write, teach, watch HawaiiFive-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

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13 September 2019

Tour & Giveaway: All Hearts Come Home for Christmas by Sarah M. Eden, Esther Hatch, Joanna Barker and Anita Stansfield

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas by Anita Stansfield, Joanna Barker, Esther Hatch and Sarah M Eden.
Audience/Genre: Historical Romance, Anthology, Clean Read, Holiday.
Publication: September 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications.
Christmas at Falstone Castle · Sarah M. Eden

The Dowager Duchess of Kielder eagerly anticipates spending Christmas with her son and his family. Though their relationship has been strained, the duchess is determined to heal the chasm. Even with the help of the widowed local vicar, her plan will take a Christmas miracle. But during this magical season, anything is possible . . . even two second chances for love.

The Heart of Christmas · Anita Stansfield

When a chance meeting brings together a gentle seamstress and a widowed banker, each lonely soul finds a first hint of hope. As their lives become entwined, it will take Christmas spirit to guide a broken family to love and healing.

’Tis the Season to Be Daring · Esther Hatch

Elizabeth Davenport has had quite enough of the London Season. Determined to evade a parade of unsuitable suitors, she seeks help from the one gentleman who has no regard for Society’s rules. All of Society knows Lord Hawthorne is not interested in marriage, yet he cannot deny Miss Davenport’s unique charm. And as the Christmas season works its magic, their charade begins to feel less like playacting and more like love.

The Christmas Dress · Joanna Barker

Seamstress Nell Addington is thrilled when her childhood friend Jacob Hammond commissions a dress for his sister. But when Nell realizes her feelings for Jacob run far deeper than friendship, an unexpected snowstorm—and some holiday cheer—may convince them both that love is worth fighting for.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I'm glad I decided to read this book. I generally don't read much anthologies. I like stories that are longer. But I really love all these authors and couldn't resist. This is a great compilation of Christmas Spirit and finding a little happiness and love! I can tell you that I did shed a tear or two while reading each of these stories. That shows how much they affected me!

My only complaint or something is that I was sad to read the Dangerous Duke's wife's delivery in here. I was hoping to read it in the next story. If I hadn't picked it up or that I got some warning about who Sarah Eden was writing about, I might have missed it and I so love the Dangerous Duke!

If you like short stories, holiday anthologies, Christmas Spirit, traditions, dressmaker's, finding love than this might be for you!

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