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Book Review-Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts

kilts and daggersTitle: Kilts and Daggers
Author: Victoria Roberts
Series: Highland Spies (2)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: May 5 2015
Pages: 352
Acquired: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance (Scottish Highlands)

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Tasty Book Tours: Book Review- Sebastian’s Lady Spy by Sharon Cullen

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Sebastian's Lady SpyTitle: Sebastian’s Lady Spy
Author: Sharon Cullen
Series: Secrets & Seduction (5)
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: March 31 2015
Format: Epub
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency-Espionage)
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Book Review-Sweet Deception by Heather Snow

Title: Sweet Deception 
Author: Heather Snow 
Series: Veiled Seduction 
Publisher: Signet Eclipse 
Format: Paperback 
Release Date: August 7 2012 
Pages: 384
Acquired: Library 
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
ISBN: 978-0-451-237360-6

Blurb

In the dark, the greatest lover can become the most dangerous conspirator…

Footsteps In The Fog

Lord Frederick Aveline, otherwise known as Derick, has successfully kept up appearances as an English nobleman. What no one knows is that he’s a full-blooded Frenchman—a double agent for the British against the French. But there is something else no one knows about Derick. Deciding to leave behind his days of espionage, he’s arrived home in Derbyshire to finish one final order of business: to find and expose a dangerous traitor in their midst.

But Aveline Castle holds its own share of secrets — including murder — and an unexpected lure in the brilliant and feisty Emma Wallingford. Emma’s loyalty lies with acting as the town’s magistrate, and she doesn’t welcome an unanticipated, though appealing, intrusion like Derick’s. As the two of them are drawn closer, the sordid past of Derick’s family comes to light, as does the true nature of his arrival. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love — and every life — is at risk.

My Review


Summary 

Frederick Aveline, is a peer in the realm, but has been away since he was seventeen years old. Many speculate that he is a french spy, since he is half french. But he is a spy but for England, and has spent most of his adult life in Europe to aid England in the war. He has now come back home, for one last mission, and then plans on leaving everything to start fresh, in America. His mission, go to Derbyshire, to expose a traitor, who is the local magistrate in town. But when he arrives, he finds a innocent young woman missing, and working alone side with the magistrate’s sister, Emma Wallingford. Emma who used to follow him around everywhere, and he nicknamed her “Pygmy” and they developed a strong friendship. Emma, always had a soft spot for Frederick, ever since she was a child, she adored him. But then he left and she realized that she cared for him more than he ever knew. Now he is back, and they are on the search, and having to unravel a mystery, but soon a desire erupts between them, and Frederick will have to decide if he can trust Emma, will all of himself…

The Hero 

Frederick Aveline, is quite a complex character, and I quite enjoyed his personality. He had quite a bit of depth to him, and he was the brooding hero that I just always fall in love with. Aveline is a spy for England, but has had to spend most of his time in Europe. To his country, he is only half french, but what they don’t know is he doesn’t have one drop of English blood in him. Frederick struggles with not feeling worthy of the title. Frederick, is quite talented at giving off the image he wants to convey. But he isn’t read for Emma’s smarts. He has always liked Emma, since they were children, even if she followed him everywhere. But he holds great affection for her. Frederick was quite the hero, a bit different than I was expecting. He is charming, handsome, and a scoundrel. But when you dig a bit deeper you see he has a heart of gold, but suffers from the sacrifices he has had to make, and you how tormented he is.

The Heroine 

Emma Wallingford, may be a woman, but she is quick and smart and sassy. She is stubborn to a fault and determined to win. Emma was the type of heroine you just admire from the get go. She has tenacity and spirit, but has the sweet endearing quality about her you can relate to at any given moment. I loved how quick she is, and sees through Aveline’s facade of a pompous rake. Emma has a mathematical and logical mind, her father passed away, and her brother is suffering from a mental disability, where he is only lucid for certain periods of time. So she has had to take it upon herself to be the magistrate full time. She is determined to bring a end to crime. She sees things in her mind very logical, and is determined to find out the cause of crime in England and put a stop to it (quite a challenge I know). But she is quite strong willed, and she is smart enough to do it. I loved seeing her character become quite a strong element in the story.No flight young miss we have here, I wish I was half as smart as she seems to be. And boy does she know how to answers to riddles and puzzles.

Plot and Story Line 

This is quite a complex story, and so the plot definitely keep you excited and anxious. From the first chapter, you are drawn into a story that you know its going to surprise you…and boy did it pack quite the punch of surprises, shocks and delights. I just couldn’t get enough of Sweet Deception. You see how this author weaves a tale of mystery, intrigue, depth, and heart pounding desire. I can be picky about the regency romances, but I swear this author keeps winning me over with this genre. Sometimes I get bored with it, but now when Heather Snow is at the helm. She has a beautiful way of creating a story that is intense, keeps your mind active, and at the same time satisfying you will a delightful romp of a romance.  There were so many things that I adored about this story. One of the things that I found delightful was how Emma is determined to show Frederick that they are worth fighting for. She can be very bold and daring, which I wasn’t expecting. At first you think of her as smart and quick, but more of the sedate time. But no, when she wants something, she goes after it, with any means at her disposal. I loved the banter between Emma and Frederick, it was quite fun and playful. Despite the seriousness of the story line, locating a traitor and a killer on the loose, but the story is also packed with a some sizzling sexual tension, and some complex character and this is a story to keep your heart racing, and guaranteed to hold onto your attention and won’t let go till the last page.

Cover 

Now I will say I just love the covers for this series. They fit the profile of the story, and the cover for Sweet Deception is mysterious and beautiful. I am a big fan for the color green, I feel like its such a good color, and really fits the heroine’s style that is displayed in the story. As a whole it has a simplicity to it, but at the same time gives off a edge of mystery as well. I love her pose, its very self assured and confident–which is exactly Emma.  I love the way the dress is draped on, not too revealing, but gives off a hint of sensuality. Quite stunning.

Overall View

Sweet Deception is a is a wonderfully written romance that combines, witty dialogue, captivating characters, fast paced plot, a few twists along the way, and a breathtaking love story. Heather Snow is a author that you HAVE to watch out for. Quite simply…refreshing and tasteful!!

Favorite Quote

“My little Pygmy, ” he murmured. “Are you planning to save the world?”
“Yes,” she whispered. caught in his gaze. Something sad and cynical crept into his eyes, coloring the green–a shadow of the pain she glimpsed last night. She wanted to banish it for him. Something in her knew that even more than she wanted to make the lives of Britons better, she wanted to help heal Derick Aveline. She reached her other hand to his face, cupping his jaw. “Yes” she said again, aloud, more firmly than before. “I am going to save the world.”
And I am going to start with you, her heart whispered.

My Rating

4.5 Blossoms

Heat Level

Warm

Series Order

Sweet Enemy (1)

Sweet Deception (2)

Sweet Madness (3)

Book Review-Not Quite A Gentleman by Jacquie D’Alessander

Title: Not Quite A Gentleman 
Author: Jacquie D’Alessandro 
Series: Regency (3)
Format: Paperback 
Publisher:  Avon 
Release Date: August 30 2005
Pages: 360 Pages 
Acquired Library Borrowed 
Genre: Regency Historical Romance 
ISBN: 978-0-06-077938

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Nathan Oliver, younger son of an earl, is content being a country doctor. Years ago he had worked for the Crown, but when a spy mission went awry, he left London for a simpler life. Now his world is turned upside down with the arrival of Lady Victoria Wexhall, a pampered Society miss more suited for the ballrooms of London than the quiet countryside of Cornwall.

Victoria cannot believe her father would send her to the middle of nowhere, and just when the the Season was in full swing! And with Nathan Oliver, no less! Of course, he’s dashing and more interesting than the fops she’s acquainted with in Town, and it would be so easy to fall in love with him. But why does he insist on searching through her luggage in the middle of the night? And why does he insist their lives are in danger?

My Review

Jacquie D’Allesandro is a author that I have been reading since I first became hooked on romance. Whenever I see her name, I always think of her fondly, because her books are always fun and full of

adventure and unique plots that you don’t see right away. I haven’t had the chance to read her a ton though, but Not Quite A Gentleman has been on my TBR pile for quite some time and so I decided that I would try to bring that pile a inch or two lower by picking this one up from the shelves. I am very glad that I did.

This story is one that involves a ex spy doctor who tends to collect animals wherever he goes. His match in every way: the ever proud Lady Victoria Wexhall. Victoria first meets Nathan, when he steals a kiss that changes her life, but never to see him again. Now its been three years, and their lives are much different. Nathan is no longer a spy working for her father, he has been “forced” to resign over something that wasn’t his fault, but was accused anyway…not he is a country doctor, content with his life. Until he learns that Victoria’s life is in danger, and only Nathan can protect her, and seeing her again might lead him back into a life of redemption. There are some missing jewels, that he lost by a unknown enemy, three years ago, jewels that belong to the Crown. His mission now: Protect Victoria and find those missing jewels, believed to be in the area. So Victoria and Nathan join forces, and a passion erupts between them. Neither Nathan or Victoria really want to be attracted to each other…but each time they kiss…its like magic and they can’t resist how the fireworks that seem to erupt when they are near each other.

I love historical espionage romances…they are so fun to read at times..especially when one is in the mood for them. Which at the time I was reading this, I was in the mood for it. I was hoping that this would be a story to remember…and it certainly was. There was many things that I enjoyed about this story, but there was a couple of things I did have some issues with. The flow of the story…I wish it was as smooth as whipped cream, but I am sorry to say it wasn’t like that. I had a hard time sometimes keeping up with the story. After I finished the book, it seemed like overall, it didn’t have a smooth flow of story line that I am used to, so it tended to be a bit rough around the edges but I found the story itself to be enchanting. The plot was evenly paced, I didn’t feel like it was too slow going, or too quickly moving…just right. It was a perfect read for a nice crisp fall morning.  I really enjoyed the sensual encounters between Nathan and Victoria…much more erotic than I would expect…but they were playful too. It was interesting seeing these two learn each other both physically and emotionally….seeing them really build up a relationship, and what a romance this turned out to be. Phenomenal in every way.

The characters themselves…were just fantastic, I had no issues with either of them. In fact, I liked them both really well.  Another problem I had with the book, was I wasn’t able to connect with the characters fully in the way I enjoy doing most of the time. They were both really well developed and they had fun interactions…but I guess I couldn’t connect with them 100% and that detracted enjoyment I would normally get. However saying that…I want to say I really loved both Nathan and Victoria. Nathan…well he is the type of hero to make you whimper….I loved him!! He is such a romantic…you would never see a ex spy and practical doctor being so sentimental at times…and I loved the way he wooed Victoria. It was endearing and I just wished I could trade places with the heroine so I could experience a bit of courting, that was so romantic…I wanted to cry in envy. Now onto Victoria….so is a good match for Nathan. She doesn’t hold anything back and I really liked that quality about her. She is very upfront and loyal and I really felt I could admire her. The only thing I would change is wishing that she would fight for Nathan a bit more…I don’t want to spoil the story, but I do wish she had been a bit more challenging in that regard.

Overall I found Not Quite a Gentleman to be a story of redemption, spicy romance, throw in some suspense and mystery….and you have a delightful love story that is bound to give you tingles and a smile on your face!! ORIGINAL AND EXCITING!!

Favorite Quote

Nathan moved slowly toward her, like a jungle cat stalking his prey. Surprise flashed in Victoria’s eyes, then she drew herself up and raised her chin another notch, meeting his gaze unflinchingly. If Nathan had not been so irritated with her, he would have admired her pluck. She might be a thorn in his side, but she wasn’t a coward.
“You’ll never find it,” She insisted. “It’s hidden in a place where you will never locate it,”
Nathan allowed his gaze to wander slowly down, then up her form. When his eyes once again met hers, he said softly, “You’re wearing it. The question is, is it tucked into one of your garters, or” –he glanced down at the swell of creamy skin rising from her bronze bodice— “nestled between your breasts?”
“You’ll not bully me into giving you the note,” she said, her voice not displaying the slightest tremor.
Nathan planted a hand on each wall, bracketing her in. “I’ve never had to bully a woman into giving me what I want, Lady Victoria.”

My Rating

4 Blossoms

Heat Rating

Warm 

Series Order
Who Will Take This Man?
 Love And The Single Heiress
Never A Lady

Book Review-Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen

Lord and Lady Spy
Lord and Lady Spy (1)
Shana Galen
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback
Published September 2011
376 Pages
Regency Espionage Romance
ISBN:  978-1-4022-5907-4
Authors Website

Synopsis
He’s Getting Tired of Deception…

Baron Winslow Keating is honor-bound to finish one last mission as an elite spy for the Barbican group even though he just wants to go home and be with his family. But after years of secrecy and absence, his daughters hardly know him, and his wife has given up on him.

She Wants to Try a Little Intrigue…

Lady Elinor has had enough of domestic boredom. She contemplates an affair with a rakish spy, only to discover a world of intrigue and treachery that she never knew existed. Even more shocking, her neglectful husband is suddenly very attentive—quite the jealous type—and apparently there is much more to him than she ever knew.

My Review


Lady Sophia, also known as “The Saint”, is a spy  and has loved doing this work since she was a kid. Her father guided her to this point, and even though she has been married for quite some time, she loves the life of a spy, the danger and the intrigue. But when a fellow spy steals her plan to capture a traitor she is outraged, but then she learns that she will be getting retired, with Napoleon sent to Elba. The last thing she wants to do is return to her boring life, and average husband. Lord Adrian, has worked hard to become a well known spy, but after succeeding in his mission, his boss, tells him he needs to make a life with his pretty wife and get some hobbies. Adrian would do anything to get back into the business. When both Sophia and Adrian receive a note, to meet at midnight, neither one of them suspects, that both of them have been chosen to solve a murder investigation, and the one that wins, gets back into the Barbican group again. Adrian is shocked to learn that his wife, is a fellow spy and a pretty admirable one at that, and a woman!! At first Adrian and Sophia can barely stand each other, but as they work together to solve the murder, they start to fall in love… and will they choose a life of a spy or to be with each other…

Lord and Lady Spy is the first in this hilarious espionage series by Shana Galen. Now Galen has been one of my favorite authors for quite some time. When I recently had the chance to read Love and Let spy, I was beyond intrigued with the set up of the series, and I was just waiting on pins and needles to read Adrian and Sophia’s story. From the beginning, you sense very strong similarities to the movie “Mr. and Mrs., Smith” and in fact there are many common denominators, that made this a fun and tantalizing read that kept me on the edge of my seat, and a page turner….PAGE TURNER!! Yep you heard me folks, a story to keep you guessing, laughing your head off, enough heat to send shills down your spine and a exciting plot to keep you more engaged than you can handle.

The story begins with seeing each side of Adrian and Sophia living their separate ,secret, spy lives. Then they are both being retired, and having to learn to be husband and wife again. But when they learn that both have been spy’s, for the same group, for years, they take it out on each other. And what a hoot they were to see…I could watch these two go at it for hours. Adrian has worked very hard to get into the barbican group, and has loved every moment. He does care for Sophia, and misses the intimacy they had when they were first married, but missions he was sent out on, kept him from building anything substantial with her. Sophia is reluctant to give into the temptation that Adrian offers, she has suffered grief and pain, and even though she was kept busy with her spy work, she is afraid of getting hurt again by working with Adrian. Both Adrian and Sophia are very stubborn, talented, and tend to argue more than getting along, except in the bedchamber..then there is pure harmony and bliss. LOL What a adventure this story was, and I just couldn’t get enough of it. I do love a good historical espionage romance, and Shana Galen is the queen of this genre. A story that will sneak its way into your hearts, and completely engrossing from beginning to end. A love story that comes to life with vivid detail, exciting scenes, wit evident on each page!! STIMULATING!!

My Grade 
5  Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
The Spy Wore Blue
True Spies
Love and Let Spy

Short ARC Book Review-Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen

Love  and Let Spy
Lord and Lady Spy (3)
Shana Galen
Sourcebooks Casablanca
E Book
Published August 2014
352 Pages
Espionage Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781402291739
Authors Website

Synopsis
Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde . . .

A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love . . . until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife. . .

Tall, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.

My Review

Dominic Griffyn, has some demons from his past that still haunt him, and the last thing he needs is to be forced to marry a woman he doesn’t know. But when a near scandal came about because of him, he knows that eventually he will need to marry. Jane Bonde, lost her parents as a girl, and her uncle took her in, and trained her to be a spy for the government. When her aunt and uncle tell her she will be married to Dominic, she is shocked. All she wants in her life is to be a spy, how on earth could she be a wife too? But when a enemy of her uncle’s, threatens everything they hold dear, Dominic and Jane may be the key to saving them all from a enemy that is determined to destroy them all at any cost…

Love and Let Spy is the third in the  series and the first book from this series I have been able to read. I found that this story just flew for me, and by the end, I was like…how on earth did that happen? I found this story to be fun and full of charm and wit. Even though its part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone, but I do wish I had read the series in order, just by having more background information on the other characters involved in the story, but not necessary.

I loved the way that the plot came together, its a easy story to follow and adds some entertainment to keep you laughing for a while after the story is over. The chemistry between Kane and Dominic is electric and instantaneous, this author delivers a story that has similarities to James Bond, that will only entice you further into the story. A lovely romantic tale of sexy spies, dangerous missions, and a story that never stops!!! STIMULATING ON EVERY PAGE!!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Lord and Lady Spies
True Spies