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Historical Romance 101: Favorite Historical Romance Novels

Historical-Romance-101Today we will be featuring our favorite HR’s, so I will be sharing my top favorite ones, the type of stories that made a impression on me, and I consider worthy to be re read and worth buying. Also joining is Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews, Quinns Nook Book and On A Book Bender…so check their favorites out as well.  Continue reading

Historical Romance 101: Introduction and Why I Love Historical Romance

Historical Romance 101Welcome Everyone!! This is the start to Historical Romance 101, this is the first installment of a series of various thoughts that we have on our love of Historical Romance. I am on a join effort with three other fellow bloggers who also have a passion for historical romance. We have Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Review, Quinn @ Quinns Book Nook, and Anna @ On A Book Bender.  Continue reading

Virtual Tour and Book Review-A Touch Of Passion by Bronwen Evans

A Touch Of Passion

A Touch Of PassionTitle: A Touch Of Passion
Author: Bronwen Evans
Series: The Disgraced Lord (3)
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: Epub
Acquired: Netgalley
Release Date: March 24 2015
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Buy Links : Amazon|B&N|Kobo|ITunes

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Throwback Thursday (71) The Kadin

Throwback Thursday is a new meme hosted by Buried Under Romance and Love
Saves The World, and since I just love Historical Romance I decided to
participate.

What Is Throwback Thursday? Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates
nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or image from
their past–usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book
blogs that also do a book related Throwback Thursday.

Here Are The Rules: 1. It must be posted on a Thursday. 2. It must be a
historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008

ARC Book Review-Sheik Retold

Sheik Retold
Victoria Vane, E.M. Hull
Vane Publishing
276 Pages
Historical Romance
ASN: B00EV516XU
Authors Website 

Synopsis
**TRADE PAPERBACK EDITION**
The Desert was Never Hotter!
A haughty young heiress for whom the world is a playground… A savage son of the Sahara who knows no law but his own…When pride and passion vie for supremacy, blistering desert days are nothing compared to sizzling Sahara nights…

“There will be inquiries.” I choked out. “I am not such a nonentity that nothing will be done when I am missed. You will pay dearly for what you have done.”
“Pay?” His amused look sent a cold feeling of dread through me. “I have already paid… in gold that matches your hair, my gazelle. Besides,” he continued, “the French have no jurisdiction over me. There is no law here above my own.”
My trepidation was growing by the minute. “Why have you done this? Why have you brought me here?”
“Why?” He repeated with a slow and heated appraisal that made me acutely, almost painfully, conscious of my sex. “Bon Dieu! Are you not woman enough to know?”

Pride and passion vie for supremacy between a haughty young heiress and a savage son of the Sahara in this fresh new telling of E.M. Hull’s romance classic

My Review

Diana, is a heiress, and has plans for adventure. She was raised practically as a tom boy since her brother raised her when her parents died. Diana doesn’t think about consequences or what may happen to her on her planned trip in the desert. On her way to her destination, her group is ambushed and she is captured by  the Sheik Abdul. Abdul is bitter against the English, but when he saw Diana at a ball in France, he knew he had to have her. So now after he manipulated and worked his power so he could have Diana in his clutches, he wonders if what he has done is a smart move, when it might cost him his heart. Diana is outraged when she finds herself kidnapped, and is determined to show the Sheik just who he kidnapped. But Abdul is different from any other man, he is fierce and determined and has a cruel shell, but when the passion flares between them, and she starts to lose her heart, she realizes that he is anything but cruel. He is passionate, gentle, and needs love.

Sheik Retold is a retelling of a story by Victoria Vane by the older tale by E.M. Hull that was written in the early 1900’s. I never have read the original, but I was very intrigued by this one. So when I saw this one in Netgalley, I knew I needed to try it out. I do love a solid Sheik romance, and I have to say that Victoria Vane did a stellar job. I was a bit worried it would be so modernized but it wasn’t in any way. Of course it did have some pros and cons I liked and disliked, but overall a very solid romance story that held me captive from page one.

The story begins with seeing Diana being her spoiled self. I felt at first she was shallow and didn’t care about anyone but herself. Then when she gets captured, so many things she did, I just shook my head and said “girl, don’t you know anything, you do not bait a tiger!!!) LOL I had quite a few laughs seeing her growing pains. You see her change though from being stuck up and spoiled, to being more of a heroine that you start to admire. You see how she starts to become more gentle, and even though she still has her spirit, she knows what battles to fight and learns to compromise. Abdul, is one sexy hero, that is a bit damaged in a few ways. He is very bitter against the English, and once you understand the reasons, you become more understanding in the reasons why he treats Diana the way he does. In the beginning you don’t know whether you love him or hate him. But once it got about a third of the way through, you see so many good qualities that he tries to hide beneath his tough exterior. There is a bit of intensity throughout the story, and I would say this would rank among my favorites as far as desert sheik romances go. I felt like I was right next to these characters, and all the descriptions felt so real to me.

Overall a captivating retelling of a sheik romance that steals your heart. It  will put you on edge, and pull you magically into this story of a desert setting, with a sexy yet damaged hero, a heroine who is feisty and strong willed, and a love story that will be instilled in your memory!! A ADVENTURE NOT TO BE MISSED OUT ON!!

My Grade 
4 Blossoms 

Heat Rating 
Steamy

 

Book Review-The Pleasure Of Your Kiss

The Pleasure Of Your Kiss
Burke Brothers (1)
Teresa Medeiros
Pocket Star Books
Mass Market Paperback
Published January 2012
506 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-1-4391-5789-3
Author’s Website

Synopsis
Ashton Burke is a legendary adventurer who has spent the past ten years roaming the globe to forget the girl he left behind. His devil-may-care life is interrupted when he’s hired to rescue his brother’s kidnapped fiancée from a sultan’s harem. Too late, he discovers she is none other than Clarinda Cardew, the very same girl who made off with his jaded heart a decade ago.

The last thing Clarinda wants is to be trapped in a palace of sensual delights with the man whose irresistible kisses still haunt her sleepless nights. Although he vows he is only doing his job, Clarinda quickly realizes that allowing Ashton to rescue her may put her yearning heart in even greater peril. In a journey that takes them from the delicious intrigues of a sultan’s court to the glittering ballrooms of London, Ashton and Clarinda resume the steps of their dangerous dance only to discover the most seductive pleasure of all may be love itself.

My Review (may contain spoilers)

Summary 
Clarinda is on her way, to her forthcoming marriage to a Duke, one of the most eligible bachelors. Even though she doesn’t love him, she cares for him and respects him. She knows that it is time for her to settle down and have a family. On her voyage however, she and her friend end up being kidnapped by corsair pirates. When Ashton is informed by his brother the Duke, that Clarinda Cardrew has been sold into a harem, he knows he doesn’t have much choice but to rescue her. Ashton has always loved Clarinda but never felt worthy of her so left her in England, but now he finds out she is engaged to his brother and that she can never be his. However he is the only one that is capable enough to find her and rescue her so he heads to the harem where she is located. What he doesn’t expect is to know the Sultan that has possession of her which only results in complicating things further. He never though that he would find himself so drawn to Clarinda, or to find their love rekindled into a powerful desire that could threaten to destroy both of them in the process.

The Hero (Ashton Burke) 
Ashton Burke, as the youngest son of the Duke, was always labeled as second best. His parents never considered him to be worthy of their respect. When he was young, Clarinda followed him around like a puppy dog. But when she blossoms into a woman, he falls madly for her. He then realizes that he can’t have her. He must build a life and a fortune so he can have her. He never thought it would take ten years before he would see her again. He knows that he has hurt her deeply. When he finds out that she is engaged to his brother of all people, he doesn’t know if he will be able to let her go when he finally finds her safe and unharmed. But his love for her is stronger than ever and may be the key to freeing them both.

The Heroine (Clarinda Cardew)
Clarinda has deeply loved Ashton since she was a little girl. When he abandoned her, she knew he would be leaving her for good, that he would never return. Now ten years later, she is engaged to his brother, the Duke. But on her way to the wedding, her ship is attacked by pirates, and she is kidnapped, and sold to a Sultan. But the Sultan saved her life, and is now about to marry the man, and still is untouched by him after three months living in his harem. But she knows that time is short, until Ashton arrives onto the scene. When she sees him she is astounded that he is here. He starts to slowly seduce her once more, and she is more than ever afraid that he will break her heart again.

My Thoughts 
After snatching this up from the local library, I was very thrilled to read this one. I have always enjoyed every book I have read from this author. From her older books to her more recent ones, her writing has only gotten better in my view. There were so many things that I loved about “The Pleasure Of Your Kiss”. First I want to talk about the characteristics about each characters. Ashton is quite a rake, traveled all over the world and takes pleasure where he can find it. Even though he has a very tough exterior he also has a bit of a soft side once you get past the outer shell. He can be very gentle and passionate. He is a charming character that makes me sigh whenever I think about him. Clarinda I found to be a very spirited character. She is very strong willed, intelligent and independent and doesn’t apologize for anything. I truly admired her most of the time. Now the plot was full of intrigue and intensity. I just loved a good harem romance, but this one was a bit different. There was also a side story romance that was charming. I fell completely in love with Poppy and the Sultan.  I felt like the way that Medieros puts this book together was priceless. Such a vivid description of a romance that is full of depth and mesmerizing scenes. A uniquely depicted story that will thoroughly entertain you straight to your toes. A Sensual adventure!! (I can hardly wait for  Max’s story….jumping up and down in anticipation)

First Line 
“Oh Clarinda! Have you seen the latest edition of the Snitch? I picked one up at the docks before we sailed and there’s an absolutely delicious article about Captain Sir Ashton Burke!”

Favorite Quote 
“Tutored?” Feeling his wariness grow, Ash glances at Luca, who was hanging on Farouk’s every word as if it would be his last. “In what subject, may I ask?”
Before Farouk could reply, Clarinda lifted her head, looked Ash dead in the eye, and said coolly “Pleasure, Captain Burke. How to give…and how to receive it.”

My Grade 
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
 The Temptation Of Your Touch