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Short ARC Book Review-A Highlander’s Heart by Jennifer Haymore

A Highlander’s Heart
Highland Knights (1)
Jennifer Haymore
E Book
Acquired: Netgalley
Published September 2014
120 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: B00N70R6O8
Authors Website

Synopsis
The last time Lady Claire Campbell saw her husband, she was furious…and for good reason. She told him she hated him and never wanted to lay eyes on him again. But now he’s gone to fight a brutal battle against Napoleon and the French, and soon it may be too late for her to say she’s sorry.

Major Sir Robert Campbell never expected to see his beautiful English wife ever again. So when an apparition in her form appears on the battlefield after the bloody conflict at Waterloo, he’s sure she’s an angel come to take him to heaven.

Claire remains at her injured husband’s side, desperate to find a way to mend their broken marriage. But some wounds go deeper than blows Rob received on the battlefield. And some wounds can never be healed.

My Review

I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review 

A Highlander’s Heart is a sweet romance, and part of the newest series by Jennifer Haymore. This is a novella, and sets the stage for the series. Major Sir Robert Campbell, is a soldier, and has been fighting the french, and when he gets injured he sees the one person he least expects on the battlefield, his wife, Claire. Claire regrets what has happened in the past with Robert, she loves her husband, and after being apart for almost a year, she is determined to find him and show him of her true feelings and hope that he can forgive her for past mistakes. Then when she finds him injured, here is her chance to love him and prove to him of her devotion.

I found this story to be quite charming, its a short book, and normally I am not a huge fan of novella’s, but this was one short yet sweet. It was quick moving, and you have no problem getting into it, but we see how even with a short story Jennifer Haymore can satisfy this reader. This romance was about two people that care for each other, but have been separated through mistakes of the past, and I loved having one of the main aspects of the story be about redeeming each other. As you get further into the story, you see portions of their past, and its heartbreaking at times, but this author weaves of tale of forgiveness and what true love can really do…can heal broken wounds and hearts, and this story is also full of another aspect that sets the stage for the upcoming series “Highland Knights”. I am excited to see what is in the future with this series and seeing more of Robert and Claire.

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

ARC Book Review-The Scoundrel’s Seduction

The Scoundrel’s Seduction
House of Trent (3)
Jennifer Haymore
Grand Central Publishing
E Book
Published May 2014
368 Pages
Regency Espionage Historical Romance
ISBN:  9787654321
Authors Website

Synopsis
Temptation Knows No Bounds…

Undercover agent Sam Hawkins has devoted his life to protecting king and country. So when he receives orders to assassinate a ruthless traitor, he doesn’t question his mission. But Sam didn’t know his deed had a witness—the beautiful and mysterious betrayer’s wife. Now he has no choice but to take her as his prisoner—one he can neither trust…nor resist.

Élise, Lady Dunthorpe, will do anything to escape her powerful captor—including seducing him senseless. She didn’t know of her miserable husband’s crimes, but she has secrets of her own—secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. With his piercing dark eyes and gentle touch, Sam inflames Élise’s deepest desires, but how could she ever trust a man who won’t let her go? Caught between the crown he’s sworn to serve and the woman he’s come to love, Sam will risk his heart—and his very life—to keep her safe.

My Review 

I received a ARC copy through Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange of a honest review. 

Sam works for the crown as a agent, to protect it at all costs. He is ordered to kill a traitor, who has plans to murder the crown. So he does his job, and kills the traitor, but his wife he finds, having heard and seen everything. So he has no choice but to kidnap her and keep her secluded. Sam has no idea what Lady Dunthorpe knows, or she is a traitor as well. Elise, has suffered over a decade of being Lord Dunthorpe’s wife, and even though she is french, she considers herself more English than french. So when she finds her husband killed, and herself being taken prisoner, she has no idea what fate has in store for her, or Sam’s true plans for her. At first Sam questions Elise and the statement she gives, but the longer he spends time with her, he starts to feel drawn to Elise, and feels a desire that he doesn’t want to deny. Now Sam and Elise will have to stick together, when a danger surfaces, one that will put them both on the run trying to survive.

The Scoundrels Seduction is the third book from the House of Trent Series.  Ever since I discovered this author last year, I have been in love with her. The House of Trent series so far has been stimulating and full of adventures. The Scoundrel’s Seduction is just what I was looking for in a book. Lately I have been wanting a story I can really dig my hands into, and The Scoundrel’s Seduction was perfect for what I needed. There is quite a bit of a espionage element, which is always a treat with regency era romances, but Jennifer Haymore definitely put a delightful twist into the plot, that pulls you in.

The Character were exciting, and intense, and full of conflict and variety of dilemma’s that ended up becoming more fascinating to the reader. Samson, is illegitimate, but has never felt the lack of affection from his mother or siblings. He has had to work hard for the position he is in, and is dedicated to his country. He is also desperate to find his lost mother. I found Sam a wonderful hero, dashing, courageous, and protective. I love how he treats Elise, and he is one of my favorite characters from the Trent family so far. I really enjoyed his character and how deeply entrenched he is in the story and the series as well. There are many startling secrets revealed in this story that really shocked me, and I had had the most difficult time putting this one down. Now Elise, well at first she seemed weak and didn’t have much backbone, but she really came through for me by the end. You see a heroine, that has suffered much and like any normal human being has put herself in a shell to protect herself, but the longer she is with Sam, the more she spreads her wings, and you see her flourish. I really loved seeing her transition from being shy and reserved, to a woman that is willing to go after what she wants and let nothing stand in her way.

Overall a outstanding installment, and a story that sizzles from beginning to end. There is quite a bit of steamy interaction in this one, enough to feed a forest fire. The characters are charming, the story is enchanting, and worth every moment. Charmed until the very end!!! LOVED IT!!

Favorite Quote 
“I will protect you with everything I have. My weapons, my strength. My family ties. My heart, my soul. My life is yours, if that’s what it takes”

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
The Duchess Hunt
The Rogue’s Proposal

ARC Book Review-The Rogue’s Proposal

The Rogues Proposal
House Of Trent (2)
Jennifer Haymore
Forever
E Book
Published November 2013
368 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781455523375
Authors Website

Synopsis
Lord Lukas Hawkins, the rakish second son of the House of Trent, has never found a wager he couldn’t win or a woman he couldn’t seduce—until his search for his missing mother leads him to a mysterious encounter with a beautiful stranger.

Luke’s mother has been missing for months, and while his honorable older brother Simon, Duke of Trent, leads the official investigation from London, Luke sets out on a somewhat seedier path. Sources have told him his mother was last seen with a scoundrel named Roger Morton, but their association isn’t clear. Was she kidnapped or did she go willingly?

While searching for Morton, Luke meets Emma Anderson, a secretive beauty with her own reasons for hunting Morton. At first Luke laughs at the idea of allowing a woman to join him in his search, but soon Emma’s insights into Morton—like the woman herself—prove impossible to resist.

My Review 

 
I was able to receive this ARC through Netgalley and Forever publishing. Ever since I first read Season of Seduction I have been addicted to this author’s storytelling. The Rogue’s Proposal is the second in the series, and I was thrilled to be able to have a chance to read this one, especially after seeing all of the fantastic rating, and having now read it, I can see why so many have enjoyed it so much. The Rogue’s proposal took me a bit longer to get read, since with the holiday, I have been busy with family, but I finally was able to finish it. The story begins with our hero Luke and our heroine, Emma meeting in a less than respectable inn both searching for the same man. A heated desire flares between them instantly. Emma is after revenge for a man who murdered her husband and took her fathers money, and she needs it returned to save her family from destitution.  Luke is searching for his mother, who has been missing for months, and is following the latest lead. The first moment Luke sees Emma, he wants her with a desperation. Luke desires to teach her passion but believes himself to be the worst sort of man, and doesn’t want to hurt her in that way. Emma is aching to be in Luke’s arms, and before either one of them realize it, they are both swept away by a blinding passion and some dark secrets that could destroy everything.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with The Rogue’s Proposal. It definitely was a sensual read that will sweep the reader away into the passionate love story that is guaranteed to captivate you. In the beginning the story the characters are acting out a seduction of sorts with each other. They are working together, searching for the same man, but at the same time there is a powerful connection from their first meeting. The characters were fun and I enjoyed seeing Luke and a more personal side to him. From the first book, I always liked him, and he was probably one of my favorites of the siblings. But seeing him as the main character, my heart went out to him. He has had a tough time in his life, but the way Emma comes strolling into his life, and is able to teach him of love and gentleness- it ended up being a story of intrigue, adventure and a fierce passion that could heat the room. A Sensational romance that kept me on my toes, and a plot to keep you guessing, and a love story that will curl your body. The heat in the story is flaming, and I will warn you there is a bit of a Bondage element in it, but overall a fantastic read!!! This author keeps astounding me with her writing talent!! Bravo!  TOP NOTCH ROMANCE!!

First Line 
Lord Lukas Hawkins wasn’t drunk enough. Not yet.

Favorite Quote 
He captured her lips with his own in a tender, possessive kiss. “Mine,” his kiss said. “Mine. Forever.” And she was. His. Forever.

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
The Devil’s Pearl
The Duchess Hunt
His For Christmas
One Night With An Earl
The Scoundrel’s Seduction

Book Review-The Duchess Hunt

The Duchess Hunt

House of Trent (1)
Jennifer Haymore
Forever
Published June 2013
375 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9781455523399
Author Website 

Synopsis
THE DUKE’S DESIRE

Simon Hawkins, duke of Trent, is no stranger to scandal. Rumors and innuendo have darkened the House of Trent for decades, and it has fallen to Simon to restore his tattered family name. He lives by a strict code of honor, but when he is called home to investigate his mother’s disappearance, the distinguished duke will tangle with temptation. For there waits the only woman he has ever loved–and the last woman he should desire…

Sarah Osborne has spent her life dreaming of Simon’s touch. But dukes do not long for lady’s maids–or so Sarah believes, until a stolen kiss sparks a passion that could be her ultimate undoing. As the couple begins a forbidden romance, a cunning enemy plots to destroy the duke and everything he loves. Now, caught in a blackmailer’s web, Simon faces an agonizing choice: sacrifice his family’s future or break Sarah’s heart.

My Review 
Simon, is the Duke of Trent and that position comes with much responsibility. Three years previous he fell in love with Sarah, a woman who was raised along side with his siblings. Now she is a maid, having been the gardeners daughter. Sarah Osborne, has always known the wide gulf that separates herself and Simon from each other. Even though she cares for Simon more than anyone knows, she also knows that they have no future together. She is merely a maid, and Simon a Duke. When Simon’s mother disappears, all of them are frantic, trying to find  a trace of her and find none. When Sarah was young, Simon’s mother took her in and loved her and Sarah would do anything to find her. As Simon and his brothers start to investigate, they find  a variety of clues to their mother’s disappearance, and Simon and Sarah start a affair even knowing it can’t go anywhere. But then when Simon starts to come to the realization on his feelings for Sarah and willing to sacrifice everything for her, he ends up being blackmailed. Now he will have to make a choice save his family from the largest scandal known to the Ton or sacrifice everything for his love for Sarah.

The Duchess Hunt is the first in the House of Trent series, and I have always liked this author. I have never had a problem becoming engaged in her stories and her style of writing is addictive and draws in the reader from the beginning. After reading The Duchess Hunt I was impressed by this story, my favorite of her books so far. As the first in the series, The Duchess Hunt introduces us to the Trent family. It begins with a charming beginning of when Simon and Sarah first meet and finding Sarah hurt Simon brings her home to his mother, who immediately takes a liking to Sarah even though she is the gardeners daughter. So she does what any Duchess would do right? Have Sarah learn alongside with her own children. Having grown up in a loving atmosphere where despite her rank and birth, she feels accepted, but deep down she knows she will never be good enough for Simon.One of my favorite parts of this story was the way the Trent family accepts her. The relationship that forms between Simon and Sarah is tender and sweet and passionate. Both Simon and Sarah have shared intimate feelings with each other but haven’t given into them until now. With the disappearance of Simon’s mother, there is a mystery to be solved. But when Simon ends up being blackmailed into marrying a woman he barely knows and sees him as the Duke to be have at all costs, he knows he is making a mistake and hurting the one woman he loves more than life.

The Duchess Hunt is a story that engages the reader until the very end. I had the hardest time putting this one down and I would highly recommend this one to anyone that loves a stimulating historical romance. There is such a unbridled emotion portrayed in this story, the characters so vividly written it makes them come alive for the reader. I did feel like there could have been a bit more emphasis on the missing mother, but I did like the “Blackmail” theme to the story. I do love a strong conflict especially when it seems like unbeatable odds for the couple involved to stay together. The side characters were lively and fascinating and I just fell in love with the siblings of Simon. The bickering and bantering between them reminded me of my own family, and I love  a series that involves a big family, so I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series.The aspect of the unorthodox Trent family was intriguing, and I enjoyed seeing the varying degrees of originality between each member of the family.

I think that overall, The Duchess Hunt was a charming story of a couple that have loved each other but live on different sides of the tracks. The love story was well done and the plot was thick with intrigue and mystery and conflict. Richly filled characters, and a witty enough read to charm your socks off. A Sensational story with enough zest and sensuality to make you fall in love from beginning to end.

First Line 
Sarah Osborne had only lived at Ironwood Park for a few days, but she already loved it. 

Favorite Quote 
He pulled her closer until her pliant body was flush against his. He splayed his hand over the muslin covering the curve of her lower back and coaxed her lips open with his. Wanting more of that sweet taste. Wanting to insinuate himself inside her in every way. 
 
My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
His For Christmas
The Rogue’s Proposal
One Night With An Earl

Book Review- A Hint Of Wicked

A Hint Of Wicked
James Family (1)
Jennifer Haymore
Paperback
Forever
Published June 2009
403 Pages
Regency Historical Romance

CAUGHT BETWEEN DUTY AND DESIRE . . .

Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his cousin and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul. . . until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife.

TORN BETWEEN TWO HUSBANDS . . .

Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game-where the stakes are not only love . . . but life and death.

A HINT OF WICKED

My Review
Summary 
After losing her first husband, Garrett, it took her several years to get over his loss, with the help and comfort of her second love, Tristan. Now married a year to Tristan, Sophie can’t imagine a life better. But then Garrett comes storming back into her life, and determined to get his wife back, even though he has  been gone all of these years. Sophie at first, knows where her heart truly lies, with Tristan. But being in such close proximity to Garrett again, has caused her to doubt her true feelings. But there is a danger lurking in the corners of her home, and with the help of Tristan and Garrett, she will try to uncover the truth…..and will find out who hold the key to her heart for once and for all….

The Hero 
Tristan, has always loved Sophie, even before his cousin married her. He has always known his feelings for her. When Garrett first wanted Sophie for his wife, Tristan to fight him on it, wanting all three of them to live in harmony. But now that he has married Sophie, he refuses to just let Garrett take his wife away from him. But despite the tense situation between himself and Garrett, he also knows there is something going on, something that is trying to undermine everything he holds dear, his relationship with his cousin, and the love he has for Sophie.

The Heroine 
Sophie, suffered for years after grieving the loss of Garrett. Even though she misses her first husband, Tristan has been the one she has been able to always rely on. Then when Garrett shocks them both with his return, and now Sophie has a difficult choice to make…but only if Garrett lets her. Even though she loves Garrett and he awakens a passion that once existed between them, she can’t deny her true feelings for Tristan, and how he made her believe in love again….

My Thoughts 
Even though for the most part part I found this to be a enjoyable story, it was my least favorite of the series. It might have been better if I had read it first instead of last, however I think it also had something to do with the love triangle that exists. I have to say I just loved Tristan, I thought he was the true hero….trying to fight for the woman he loves. Sophie on the other hand, wasn’t my favorite. I understood how you can have mixed feelings, but I just felt like through most of it, she wasn’t being true to Tristan, as much as I would have liked. Garrett, is a very complex character in this story, and at times you like him and at others you just wish he would go away. Although I did like the bit of suspensful portion of the plot, and the mystery that keeps the reader engaged in the story. I don’t know if I would have kept reading, if it didn’t have some positive aspects besides the love triangle. I will admit that there have been love triangles that I have been okay with, but this one seemed so forced and out of place, and wasn’t the most easiest of books to read due to certain circumstances.  Although toward the end I really enjoyed the story a lot more. Overall a fun and enjoyable story with intense moments that keeps one involved!!!

My Grade On This Book 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In The Series 
A Touch of Scandal
A Season Of Seduction

Book Review-Pleasure’s Of A Tempted Lady

Pleasures Of A Tempted Lady
Donovan Sisters (3)
Jennifer Haymore
E Book
Forever Books
Published July 2012
448 Pages
Regency Historical Romance

Synopsis
Forbidden passion is the ultimate temptation…

Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child—and Meg Donovan, Will’s long-lost love. Meg’s disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she’s back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will’s own.

After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with little Jake, the boy she’s come to love as if he were her own. But the pirate wants his revenge—and Meg must do whatever it takes to shield Jake from the madman. Determined not to lose Meg again, Will vows to protect them both, yet Meg can’t risk putting the only man she’s ever loved in danger. With the threat to her safety growing, and her passion for Will burning brighter every day, surrendering herself to Will might be a pleasure too tempting to resist

My Review
Summary 
Will, is on a new mission, to find a pirate and a smuggler. On board his new ship, he heads to where he thinks he may be hiding. What he didn’t expect to find was a woman and a child floating on a damaged boat, and none other than Meg Donovan. A Woman he thought was dead all these eight years, one he has only dreamed of seeing again. But she is not the woman he once knew, she has changed and so has he. Meg’s life changed the moment she was thrown overboard into the sea eight years ago. She was kidnapped and held prisoner by a pirate, for eight long years and now she has been able to escape. When she see’s Will again, she is overwhelmed with her past feelings for him. But when he proves to be just as caring and protective, she wonders if she can truly trust him with her secrets and the danger that follow her everywhere she goes…

The Hero (William Langley)
Will, is captain of his own ship now, and is trying to move on with his life. The past eight years have been a life of hardship and pain, ever since losing the one woman he has loved more than life. He is shocked to the core when he see’s her again. Now he will do everything in his power to protect her from those that would seek to destroy her….

The Heroine (Meg Donovan)
Meg, never knew what true cruelty was until she was kidnapped. For eight long years she has been fighting him, and now she has managed to escape him, and fears that if and when he does find her that it will mean death for both herself and those that she loves. Meg wants to trust in Will and in his ability to protect her however she knows what true evil is, and she fears that the only way to protect those she loves is to make sure no danger is brought to their door, even if it means hurting those that she cares most about.

My Thoughts 
Pleasure’s Of A Tempted Lady is the third in the Donovan Sisters series. I have to say that although I really enjoyed it, it certainly wasn’t my favorite…and it was the one I was most looking forward to reading. I mean it had a strong plot, with witty interaction, and I really loved the mystery and intrigue that prevails in the story, and takes your breath away. However, the one thing I really didn’t like is the lack of chemistry between Will and Meg. I mean it was there on the surface, but I really didn’t feel it in the story. I felt reading through it, I felt like something was lacking in the love story. I also didn’t really like Meg that much, I felt like she didn’t treat Will very good, and was a bit spineless when it comes to love. She didn’t exactly have the fighting spirit you see in the heroines in the others books written by this author. Even though there were some things I didn’t like, it was still a very enjoyable read, and well written for the most part, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys this author.

My Grade On This Book 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm


Other Books In The Series 
Confessions Of An Improper Bride
Secrets Of An Accidental Duchess

 

Book Review-Secrets Of An Accidental Duchess

Secrets Of An Accidental Duchess
Donovan Sisters (2)
Jennifer Haymore
Paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Published Feb 2012
396 Pages
Regency Historical Romance

Synopsis
With her pale hair and slim figure, Olivia Donovan looks as fragile as fine china, and has been treated as such by her sisters ever since a childhood bout with malaria. But beneath her delicate facade, Olivia guards a bold, independent spirit and the kind of passionate desires proper young ladies must never confess…

It was a reckless wager, and one Max couldn’t resist: seduce the alluring Olivia or forfeit part of his fortune. Yet the wild, soon-to-be Duke never imagined he’d fall in love with this innocent beauty. Nor could he have guessed that a dangerously unpredictable rival would set out to destroy them both. Now, Max must beat a Madman at his own twisted game-or forever lose the only woman to have ever won his heart.

My Review
Summary 
After living a life of being sick and being coddled way too much, Olivia has come to England to live a peaceful and contented life with her sisters. Olivia knows that her chances of finding a husband who would accept her history of bad health, is very rare. So she doesn’t even expect to find a husband in London. When her family goes to their estate in the countryside, she does there to relax and spend some quality time with her family. But then she meets Max, who awakens her independent nature and and sensual desires. Max, when seeing Olivia in a crowded ballroom in London, was captivated, and wanted only to know her more. Then he makes a foolhardy wager, to see who can seduce her the fastest. Only Max never thought that he would end up falling in love with her, and when his recklessness comes to kick him in the butt, he endeavors to protect Olivia at all costs…

The Hero 
Max lost his mother at a very young age at the brutal hand of his father abusing her. So he has always been very protective, even though he fears that deep inside himself he is just like his father, and one day he fears what he will become. When he meets Olivia he is charmed by her sweet nature and self confidence. Olivia makes him believe that a future is possible…

The Heroine 
Olivia, when she was young, had a bout of Malaria, and ever since then, her family has treated her as a fragile porcelin doll, even though she knows they have her best interests at heart, she wants to feel again, to be independent, and she knows that she is stronger than ever. When she meets Max her world changes, and she finds herself wanting more in her life, something passionate. Then she finds herself falling in love with Max, and wanting more in her life than being with her sisters…she wants to be loved

My Thoughts 
Secrets of an Accidental Duchess is the second in the series, and I just LOVED this one!!! I think I read this in two hours….which only happens when I am really into a book, so this one was a winner, and I am totally addicted to this author. I just have loved every story I have read by her so far. There are different things that I really enjoyed about this story. Max is one of those hero’s that you just fall for instantly. Even though he makes that ridiculous wager, you can see how much he starts to really care for Olivia. Olivia is just a ball of fun, she is sweet and innocent, but desires passion in her life. I just loved seeing Max and Olivia interact with each other, there was such a sense of playfulness, that really engages the reader. There was also lots of action and suspense portion to the plot, that really leaves one flipping the pages as fast as you can turn them. Overall a fun and suspenseful plot, complex characters, and a story that will capture your heart!! A Keeper For Your Shelf!

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Warm

Other Books In The Series 
Confessions Of An Improper Bride
Pleasures of a Tempted Lady