Category: Historical Romance

New Release Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: To Desire a Highlander by Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Posted August 25, 2015 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways, Historical Romance / 2 Comments

To Desire a Highlander_Sue Ellen Welfonder
To Desire a Highlander
by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Series: Scandalous Scots #2
Genre: Historical Romance, Highlanders
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: August 25th, 2015
Format: Paperback/eBook, 416 pages

Book Description:

AN UNWILLING BRIDE
Proud, passionate Lady Gillian MacGuire is known as the Spitfire of the Isles. She can take care of herself and hasn’t yet met a man who could impress her . . . especially not Donell MacDonnell, the man she was promised to five years ago. She’s been dreading his return, but when her intended comes back to claim her, she’s stunned at how different he seems. The man she swore she would spurn forever now invades her thoughts, her dreams, and her heart.

AN UNEXPECTED DESIRE
When Roag agrees to assume the identity of the recently deceased MacDonnell chieftain, no one warns him that the man was betrothed. As a member of the King’s Fenris Guard, he is oath-bound to embark on whatever mission the crown gives him. Of course, he was expecting a battle-not a bride. Yet after sharing one kiss with Lady Gillian, the powerful Highlander becomes the one seduced and captivated. Now giving in to temptation could ruin them both.

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Excerpt

The glint in his eye, the hard set of his jaw, made her forget every word he and her father had just exchanged.  Indeed, even her reason for standing here almost slipped from her mind.

She saw only Donell, the slight narrowing of his dark, intense eyes.

She held up a hand, hoping to halt him.

He kept on, ignoring her objection.  “You needn’t assure me of her talents.”  He tossed the quip to her father, not breaking stride.  “Lady Gillian’s skills are renown, as is her beauty.”

“See here….” Gillian couldn’t finish, needing a steadying breath more than arguments.  Sparks leapt between them, the very air shifting.  Heat rose around her, warming her skin despite the racing wind, the day’s bitter cold.

He was almost upon her and she felt more than saw his displeasure.  He’d caught himself quickly, even before her father finished speaking.  If he’d been shocked by the implications behind praise of her housekeeping talent, he’d again seized the advantage.  He wore a wickedly devilish look that jellied her knees.

She also bristled.

He might be roguish, even wildly attractive, but she wouldn’t bat her eyelashes, allow him to fluster her.  There were surely enough women who did.  And she wasn’t about to join their ranks.

She wasn’t so easily charmed.

So she lifted her chin, willing a steely glint into her eyes.  She knew with feminine instinct that he wasn’t pleased by her father’s reminder of their betrothal.

Perhaps he’d met another woman during his years away, wished to marry her?

One could hope.

She wouldn’t mind releasing him from their ties, freeing him to claim another.

Unfortunately, the closer he came, the more she discerned an entirely different intent.  As he loomed before her, his towering presence blocking her family and even her view of the landing beach, she knew she wasn’t mistaken.  Especially when he set his hands on her shoulders, a slow smile spreading across his strong, bearded face.

He meant to kiss her.

She frowned, hoping to dissuade him.

“It’s too late for posturing, sweetness.”  He shook his head, the thick raven silk of his hair teasing his broad, plaid-draped shoulders.

“I did not expect to see you again.”  Gillian straightened, flicked at her sleeve.  “Not this day, not ever.  In truth, I scarce recognize you.”

“Then I was gone too long, I’m thinking.”  He caught her hand, linking their fingers, bringing her wrist to his lips.  The warmth of his mouth against her skin and the light brush of his wind-chilled beard sent a rush of tingly sensation along her nerves.

About Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Sue-Ellen Welfonder is a Scotophile whose burning wish to make frequent trips to the land of her dreams led her to a twenty-year career with the airlines.

Now a full-time writer, she's quick to admit that she much prefers wielding a pen to pushing tea and coffee. She makes annual visits to Scotland, insisting they are a necessity, as each trip gives her inspiration for new books.

Proud of her own Hebridean ancestry, she belongs to two clan societies: the MacFie Clan Society and the Clan MacAlpine Society. In addition to Scotland, her greatest passions are medieval history, the paranormal, and dogs. She never watches television, loves haggis, and writes at a 450-year-old desk that once stood in a Bavarian castle.

Sue-Ellen is married and currently resides with her husband and Jack Russell terrier in Florida.

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New Release Review: A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

Posted October 22, 2014 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 5 Comments

New Release Review: A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe
A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe
Series: Somerfield Park #1
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November, 4 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley

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Book Description:

Book Description:
When his father, Lord Somerset, tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty, which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father.

Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the reason Lord Somerset fell off the roof in the first place is a secret that threatens to upend all their lives.


Reviewed by: Quiana
Richard Barrett and Sophie Goodnight find themselves on the cusp of an arranged marriage. An arrangement that is the brainchild of their meddling families. Richard’s family estate is in near ruins and the family is low on income, but Sophie’s family is rich; which would make them a match made in heaven. Right?

What I loved most about this book were Richard and Sophie. Two people from different worlds, but when they truly start to get to know one another, something wonderful develops between them: love. But first they have to overcome their own personal baggage. While willful and independent, Sophie has decided to guard her heart. And honorable and loyal Richard is in love with another woman, and is reluctant to marry Sophie for money. And on top of that, there’s a scandal brewing around the Barretts. But in spite of the surrounding drama, Richard and Sophie find themselves growing closer and closer.

Overall, I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I could ask for in a delightfully entertaining historical romance novel. There was romance, mystery, scandal, blackmail, a bevy of intriguing and colorful characters, and a couple of twists thrown in for good measure. Once I picked this book up I couldn’t put it down.

Review: Highland Homecoming by BJ Scott

Posted December 27, 2013 by Ginny in Historical Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Highland Homecoming by BJ Scott

Highland Homecoming by B.J. Scott Series: Fraser Brothers #3 Genres: Historical Romance Published by Soul Mate Publishing on December 13, 2013 Format: eARC Pages: 224 Source: Author, Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: The last thing Alasdair Fraser expects to find on an isolated beach along the coast of northern Scotland is a beautiful, unconscious lass. Unable to turn his back on someone in need, he delays his journey and tend so her injuries–an act that has him questioning his plans to rejoin Robert the Bruce and the fight for Scotland’s independence. Will he drop the shield that guards his heart or will the secrets she fails to reveal, a king-sanctioned marriage to another man, and his own stubbornness keep them apart forever? Good Quote: “Mayhap a Selkie had washed up from the ocean’s depths,” he muttered and nudged her foot with the […]

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Review & Giveaway: No Good Dukes Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

Posted November 22, 2013 by Sherri in Giveaways, Historical Romance, Reviews / 6 Comments
Review & Giveaway: No Good Dukes Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

No Good Dukes Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #3 Genres: Historical Romance Published by Avon Books on November 26th 2013 Format: ARC Pages: 384 Source: Edelweiss, Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: A rogue ruined… He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of…absolution. A lady returned… Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to […]

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Review: Knight Blindness by Chris Karlsen

Posted October 3, 2013 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: Knight Blindness by Chris Karlsen

Knight Blindness by Chris Karlsen Series: Knights in Time #3 Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Published by Books to Go Now on June 30, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 395 Source: Author Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Given a choice between the pleasant life you knew centuries ago or the possibility of all you want in an uncertain new world, which would you choose? Two men torn through time find themselves in the modern but alien world. Old enemies, one hunting the other,one discovering love, both fighting private battles to survive. Lynn’s Review: Our author starts this story with a fight on the battlefield of 1356 France.  Stephen Palmer is one of those men on the field.  His enemy, Roger Marchaund, is also there.  Then both men seem to disappear.  Stephen suffers an injury that will change his life forever. This […]

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Review: The Arrangement by Mary Balogh

Posted September 11, 2013 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 10 Comments
Review: The Arrangement by Mary Balogh

The Arrangement by Mary Balogh Series: The Survivors’ Club #2 Genres: Historical Romance Published by Dell on August 27th, 2013 Format: ARC Pages: 400 Source: Tour Host Reviewed by: SherriPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage. At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But […]

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Review: The Trouble With Being a Duke by Sophie Barnes

Posted September 5, 2013 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Trouble With Being a Duke by Sophie Barnes

The Trouble With Being a Duke by Sophie Barnes Series: At the Kingsborough Ball #1 Genres: Historical Romance Published by Avon Books on August 27th 2013 Format: Paperback Pages: 371 Source: Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Sometimes happily ever after… Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough knows the time has come for him to produce an heir. But first he must find a bride. When he meets the most exquisite woman at his masquerade ball, he thinks his search is over…until the breathtaking beauty runs off. With few clues other than her figure, her scent, and the memory of her kiss, Anthony must find his mystery lady. …needs a little bit of help. Isabella Chilcott can scarcely believe it: she is finally at the Kingsborough Ball. As a child, she dreamed of dancing a waltz here and now, thanks to […]

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Review: Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes by Gina Lamm

Posted September 4, 2013 by Ginny in Historical Romance, Reviews / 7 Comments
Review: Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes by Gina Lamm

Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes by Gina Lamm Series: Geek Girls #2 Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 3, 2013 Format: ARC Pages: 352 Source: NetGalley Also in this series: Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Leah Ramsey has always loved historical romance novels and dressing in period costumes. So when she has a chance to time travel and experience the history for herself, she jumps at it—figuring it can’t be too hard to catch the eye of a duke. After all, it happens all the time in her novels. Avery Russell, valet and prize pugilist, reluctantly helps Leah gain a position in the Duke of Granville’s household . . . as a maid. Domestic servitude wasn’t exactly what she had in mind, but she’s determined to win her happily […]

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Review: The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville

Posted August 22, 2013 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville

The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville Series: The Wild Quartet #2 Genres: Historical Romance Published by Avon Books on August 27, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 384 Source: Edelweiss, Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: It’s been years since Marcus set foot in England—why toy with the ton when he can fleece wealthy fools in Paris and Rome? Yet everything changes when he inherits a ramshackle estate. Marcus’s first and only chance at a respectable life needs funding . . . the kind Anne Brotherton can provide. Such a wallflower should be ripe for the picking. So why does Marcus feel like he’s the one hanging by a thread? Anne Brotherton is sick and tired of being an heiress. She cannot bring herself to marry a fortune hunter. Why can’t men like her for her sharp mind and kind hearts rather […]

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Review: How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe

Posted August 7, 2013 by Sherri in Historical Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review:  How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe

How to Marry a Highlander by Katharine Ashe Series: Falcon Club #3.5 Genres: Historical Romance Published by Avon Books on July 30, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 176 Source: Edelweiss, Publisher Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Blurb: With seven troublesome half sisters to marry off, Duncan, the Earl of Eads, has one problem: he’s broke. With the prospect of marriage to the pompous local curate, Miss Teresa Finch-Freeworth has one dream: to wed instead the handsome Highlander she saw at a ball. How does a desperate lady convince a reluctant laird that she’s the perfect bride for him? She strikes a wager! If she can find seven husbands for seven sisters, the earl must marry her. Duncan has no intention of wedding the meddlesome maiden, and he gives her a deadline even the most audacious matchmaker can’t meet—one month. But Teresa sets terms, […]

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