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Seduction & Scandal (The Brethren Guardians #1) by Charlotte Featherstone

I adore how Charlotte's Featherstone seems to weave a dark and seductive web with her almost poet writing, with her characters that are heartbreaking real in their love and passion that ignites between them- molds them, changes them, heals them. CF starts off with a almost dark velvet web that binds the reader in the first of The Brethren Guardians series Seduction & Scandal. Isabella Fairmont is a dreamer, whom writes her most fondest and darkest desires into a book, keeping herself separate from the passion that burns inside of her, to the proper marriage and staublity she craved for many years, as she watched her mother waste away from one man to another. Bella doesn’t want that, and she’ll do anything to suppress her emotions, and live through them with her writing and dreams. Until across the ballroom one night she meets the mesmerizing eyes of one Lord Black and deep down knows she’s lost her heart even as her deepest fears want to hold her back. Lord Black has watc…

Portrait of Seduction by Carrie Lofty

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Portrait of Seduction by Carrie Lofty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first read Carrie Lofty's Song of Seduction, I was just drawn completely into the story, the setting and the characters. It hit the right inner HR reader cord in me. When learned of the sequel, and it following a character the reader wanted to know more in Song- Oliver Doerger. This book could do no wrong in my eyes, and lived up to the hype I had for it.

To help those families protect their masterpieces of art and history, Greta Zwieg with her uncle's pushing forges these art pieces. Greta lives in her art and it's world, protecting her from the pains that lay outside, but the outside world slowly starts to invade her haven when her uncle starts selling her works as the original and one night a madman takes Greta hostage at the theater, only to be saved by mere valet, whom starts to change her world and how she sees it and herself.
Oliver Doerger is a spy and valet for his half-brother. In order…

The Mad Baron by Summer Devon

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The Mad Baron by Summer Devon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first read Summer Devon when she teamed up with another of my favorite author Bonnie Dee- to write some great novels. On their own, Dee's works is amazing, but I haven't had a chance to read Devon's stand-alone work until now, and she doesn't disappoint!

For "sometime" thief Florrie Cadero is out to restore/steal back her father's swords and to enjoy the thrill of climbing walls and danger, until her daring thief brings her face to face inside a prison with a madman..or is he?
Drugged and imprisoned in his own home, Baron Felston, Nathaniel, wakes to find himself awaken from a "fever" and to a lovely thief stuck in his room along with him. In order to escape both have to rely on one another and keep their heads. But once they escape both will be thrown back together in order to solve who is behind Nathaniel's imprisonment- but the memory of the night they spent together still ha…

The Abandoned (The Graveyard Queen, #0.5) by Amanda Stevens

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The Abandoned by Amanda Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Ree Hutchins psychology student is trying to balance her life and that of her studies, when she loses one of her patient's to seeming old age. When she stumbles upon a deeper plot of blackmail and hauntings. With the help of ghost hunter Hayden Priest, they both discover a dark secret someone wants to be kept buried....

Thank you Ms.Stevens for scaring the crap out of me. I loved every bit of it!
The Abandoned gives you a taste of what's in store for the The Graveyard Queen series, with the spine chilling ghosts that brush against your neck and cults that have ties to the black arts, and a tragic past of two women to be uncovered by Ree and Hayden.

Ree is just a student trying to get her degree, when she overhears her professor being blackmailed and the woman she cared for name mentioned. This one act ties Ree to something much darker then the mere passing of one elderly lady. When Ree starts having dreams of …

Secrets of a Proper Countess by Lecia Cornwall

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Secrets of a Proper Countess by Lecia Cornwall
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


At a masked ball, Lady Isobel Maitland lets herself free for the first time with a well known rake Phineas Archer, Marquess of Blackwood, with the mask Isobel can be free to do what she wants for one night. Of course, she doesn't count of Phineas not forgetting her taste, but Phineas has his own mask to hide behind, that of a spy whom works for the British government, as a rake no one will give him a second look, but when Isobel enters his life he's willing to risk it all...


Sound a tad familiar? It should as this premise has been used many time in HR books through the years. The rake not really a rake, but a spy. Forced to be a rake (while he really enjoys the sexual side of it) falls for a innocent widow whose in a bit of trouble herself by her evil family out for their own riches and sport. Trapped the widow can't get freed because someone she loves (brother/sister/son/daughter) will be hurt. Yup…

The Last Goodbye by Sarah Mayberry

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The Last Goodbye by Sarah Mayberry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Many events affect us as we grow into adults, from the people we meet, the paths we’ve taken, and our childhood that shapes us as adults. Tyler and Ally are two people whose childhood has affected them deeply making them into the adults, shaping their outlook in the world. While both carry and drag chains and shadows from when they were children, we all have to come face to face with our demons and finally lay our pains, and fears to rest.

For Tyler Adamson, becoming a successful craftsman, creating arts of work out of wood that will last years, his past has pushed him to do better. His demons finally catch up with him, when a feisty Ally Bishop shows up at his shop’s doorstep, saying his father is very ill. Tyler has no love lost for his father, but something deep inside of him brings him back to finally release the demons that have haunted him all his life with the help of Ally the his own inner strength.
Ally is a t…

The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen, #1) by Amanda Stevens

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The Restorer by Amanda Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Like the sultry afternoon, the jasmine gently floating on the breeze, the cool sweat dripping from a glass. Just when sun bids farewell and the moon says hello, between day and night- twilight- a veil is lifted, the unrest sprits rise to roam the land of the living once more…

Amanda Stevens writes poetic and downright spooky novel in The Restorer, set in the old south city in Charleston. Amelia Gray is a cemetery restorer, and can see ghosts, but unlike the ghost whisperer, Amelia has been raised by her father to never acknowledge ghosts, whom attach themselves to the living they once knew or anyone who sees them, slowly draining the life and warmth of the living person. Amelia has lived by the rules her father set and lived a quiet by lonely life, until one night, she meets up with Det. John Devlin whose haunted by his own ghosts, one of the rule her father dilled into head, never get involved with someone who is haunted.…