The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen $1.99

The Reluctant Duchess - Sharon Cullen

 

Lady Sara Emerson was jolted out of her dull provincial life by her cousin’s murder. Now that the killer seems to be targeting her, Sara seeks help from the man who was once her cousin’s fiancé, Gabriel Ferguson, Duke of Rossmoyne. With his towering frame and fiery personality, Ross cuts an intimidating figure. Living under his protection, however, has its own hazards—like the sudden urge Sara feels to take their relationship in new, exquisitely inappropriate directions.

Dazzled by the social graces of his betrothed, Ross never noticed her shy, blushing cousin. Looking at Sara now, though, he’s drawn to her lovely eyes and calm disposition. Funny how a year away from the hustle and bustle of the ton changes a man. But Ross has no intention of allowing a woman to interfere with his plan to return overseas. He will simply capture the murderer and set sail once again. The problem is, with her beguiling lips and heavenly touch, Sara makes him never want to leave home—or his bed—again.

 

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Release (Hold, #2) by Claire Kent Review

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Release (Hold Book 2) - Claire Kent

Kyla was born the younger daughter of the royal family of a planet known throughout Coalition space for its indulgence and debauchery. Travelers come from all over to give into their deepest desires in the decadent royal court, but Kyla has been surrounded by sex and physical indulgence since childhood. Now she wants nothing to do with such empty pleasures–at least, until she encounters Hall.

Hall is irresistibly sexy and mysterious, and he seems to know her from the inside out. He makes her want to explore the sensual side of herself for the first time. But he has already declared himself as a potential suitor of her sister, which means he’s completely off limits to Kyla. He’s also hiding a gift that makes him as dangerous as he is attractive.

When she discovers a plot that threatens to bring down the iron fist of the Coalition on her peaceful planet, Kyla is forced to rely on a man who has been hiding secrets from her all along–a man who makes her want things she’s never wanted before.

 

Review

I was very excited when I realized Kent was going to put out more books in the world she set Hold.

 

This book isn’t a prison planet one but it does feature a character we met there. He has cool powers and time in the prison changed him into a better person. Kind of… lol The heroine is a bookworm living in a public sex/orgy society who does care for that sort of thing. T

 

his is an odd book for me. I read it easily and happily. I like the characters and the writing as always with Kent/Noelle Adams is very good. But everything is paper thin. The love between the couple, the world building, character motivation… I think because I knew the hero from the last book and had snuck and read the third book in the series, I was more inclined to hang in there.

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Managed (VIP Book 2) by Kristen Callihan Review

4 Stars!

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big…ego.

I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.

That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.

I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.

If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.

Let the battle begin…

Review

The opening for this romance is amazing. It might be the best “I met you sitting next to you on the plane” ever.

The heroine is great and the uptight hero is such fun to soften.

This is a slow burn romance where we are so lucky to see the couple become friends, then emotionial intimates, and then lovers (though they are hot for each other the whole time).

There are perfect character surprises tucked here and there that add depth to this love story. The heroine has done something really not good in the past that she is moving past and the hero is very closed off but loving. They are utterly human and the love they have for each other and like powerful.

There is great banter to make me happy and yummy sexual tension and since they are on the road oodles of couple time.

I adored this book right up until there is a silly conflict a few chapters from the end or it would have been a 5 star read. As it is, the book is very good and has such wonderful moments to relish.

Sunset in Central Park By Sarah Morgan 99 cents

Sunset in Central Park (Hqn) - Sarah Morgan

Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents’ divorce, she’s seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt—but that’s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race… 

 

Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he’s known forever and doesn’t want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

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Claiming Her Alien Warrior (Warriors of the Lathar, #4) by Mina Carter Review

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Claiming Her Alien Warrior: Sci-fi Alien Warriors Invasion Romance (Warriors of the Lathar Book 4) - Mina Carter

In a race against the clock, she must betray his trust to achieve her mission… But fooling an alien warrior comes with a price.

No longer a captive but a guest of the alien warrior race, the Lathar, Jane Allen hasn’t forgotten what she is: a hard as nails marine major. Tasked with finding a way to beat the technologically advanced aliens, she needs to find answers for her superiors… before they arm the nukes and give the Lathar an excuse for war. Because the little green men aren’t so little. Or green… they’re large, ripped, scarily-attractive alpha male warriors hot enough to make any red-blooded woman weak at the knees. Especially one particular alien warrior with black hair and a sexy growl she can’t resist…

She’s his… she just doesn’t know it yet.

Karryl K’Vass has wanted the human woman, Jane, from the moment he saw her. But she’s a tricky one, evading his claim even though he knows she desires him. His campaign for her heart is stalled when duty calls him away; a mission into a dangerous part of space to gather intelligence on the Empire’s enemies. A beautiful stowaway is the last thing he needs, even if she does make his body burn. He’ll finish his mission and get her back to the safety of Lathar Prime… Then maybe he can claim her as his mate.

But no plan survives contact with the enemy. Reptilian mercenaries, a crash landing, and a case of amnesia later and they land in the clutches of their enemies who think it would be better if Karryl took a long walk out of a short airlock…

 

 

Review

Yea! A full length book! The heroine is a seasoned marine and isn’t 20. I love her. I love this romance as the hero and the heroine become partners and respect, like, and have the hots for each other.

 

The world building is good. Very fun.

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Great Historical Romances Where the Heroine is Older than the Hero

I love romances where the hero has to work hard to get the heroine. In the case where the heroine is older than the hero this seems to be especially true. In Historical Romance, the hero is often expected to be much older than the heroine making this troupe even more fun.

 

Enjoy these great Historical Romances where the Hero is Younger than the Heroine!

 Wild Oats (Territory Trysts Book 1) by Pamela Morsi 

Territory bachelor, Jedwin Sparrow, was merely hoping to sow some wild oats. And from what he’d heard, a logical place to start might be the cottage of Mrs. Cora Briggs, a notorious divorcee.
Cora’s first instinct was to slap his face! Then a better plan occurred to her. Why not call the tune and string him along. What better way to exact revenge on those gossipy hens than to ensnare one of their own in that wicked web of lies.
An unexpected love story, two people who discover the truth about themselves within the heart of each other.

 

Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas  

Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise, not even Bryony Asquith’s. A man as talented, handsome, and sought after by society as Leo Marsden couldn’t possibly want to spend his entire life with a woman who rebelled against propriety by becoming a doctor. Why, then, three years after their annulment and half a world away, does he track her down at her clinic in the remotest corner of India?

Leo has no reason to think Bryony could ever forgive him for the way he treated her, but he won’t rest until he’s delivered an urgent message from her sister—and fulfilled his duty by escorting her safely back to England. But as they risk their lives for each other on the journey home, will the biggest danger be the treacherous war around them—or their rekindling passion?

 

 Pleasure for Pleasure (Essex Sisters Series Book 4) by Eloisa James 

Fueled by the knowledge that notoriety is better than failure, witty, unconventional Josie does what no proper young lady should—she challenges fate. She discards her corset and flirts outrageously. She attends the horse races and allows an arrogant rakehell to whisk her behind the stables for a surreptitious kiss . . . and is caught!

She doesn’t want to marry the young hellion—but who’s to help? Her chaperone keeps disappearing for mysterious appointments; her guardian is on his wedding trip; and his friend the Earl of Mayne is too busy staring into the eyes of his exquisite French fiancée.

Can a marriage forced by stuffy convention and unwilling desire become the match of the season?

 
 The Tender Texan by Jodi Thomas

Anna Meyer offers one hundred dollars to the Texas cattleman who can help her forge a frontier homestead. Chance Wyatt agrees to settle down and build a home with a lovely stranger. The boy in him never considered the possibility of love. But the man in him can’t deny the passion that Anna brings out in him. They vowed to live together for only a year, but as the challenges of the savage land bring them closer together, neither can resist the aching desire that inflames their hearts-and touches their souls.

 

 

 

  The Countess Takes a Lover by Bonnie Dee 

The student becomes the master in the precarious game of love.

Sexually adventurous widow, Countess Meredith du Chevalier takes Chris Whitby under her wing to teach him the ways of love. At Lord Whitby’s request she will “make a man” of his son, an intriguing challenge. But Meredith gets more than she bargained for when her pupil becomes her tutor in what true love really means.

Beneath his reserved demeanor, Chris hides a passionate nature. The young botanist travels to Meredith’s country estate to restore her abandoned greenhouse, but one sexual encounter brings more than fallow soil to life. Glimpses of the tender woman under the seductress’s brittle exterior make him determined to slowly coax his mistress to unfurl into glorious bloom.

When Chris learns about the secret arrangement between his father and the countess, his heart and confidence are destroyed. Can he forgive his lover, and will Meredith risk her heart for a chance at deep and lasting love?

 

A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh

Grace Howard has every reason to be devoted to Sir Peregrine Lampman. After all, the gallant gentleman rescued her from poverty by making her his bride. Even more nobly, he did not withdraw his affection after she confessed to a youthful folly that had compromised her virtue. But Grace did not tell the whole truth about the handsome lord who betrayed her—and now the one thing she’s kept from Perry threatens to destroy her last chance at true love.

 

 

 

 

 

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

She was unmarried, untouched and almost thirty, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn’t about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible…but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream.

Jack Delvin’s determination to possess Amanda became greater when she discovered his true identity. But gently-bred Amanda craved respectability more than she admitted, while Jack, the cast-off son of a nobleman and London’s most notorious businessman, refused to live by society’s rules. Yet when fate conspired for them to marry, their worlds collided with a passionate force neither had expected…but both soon craved.

 

 The Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren

Lord Leo Byron is bored with the aristocratic company he keeps; he needs a distraction, preferably in the form of a beautiful new female companion. So when he sets eyes on fascinating and scandalous divorcée Lady Thalia Lennox, he’s determined to make her intimate acquaintance. But the spirited woman seems to have no intention of accepting his advances no matter how much he chases—or how hard he falls….

Once a darling of Society, Thalia Lennox now lives on its fringes. The cruel lies that gave her a notoriously wild reputation have also left her with a broken heart and led to a solemn vow to swear off men. Still, Leo Byron’s bold overtures are deliciously tempting, and, for the first time, she finds herself wondering whether it just might be worth the risk to let the attractive rake into her life—and her bed….

 

  Romancing Lady Stone (School of Gallantry Book 6) by Delilah Marvelle

He believes in destiny. She just wants to survive it…

At forty, Lady Cecilia Evangeline Stone thinks she has everything a woman could ever want. A title, a fortune, and four children who make her proud. After a marriage of convenience that was anything but convenient, she has no desire to complicate her life by including a man in it again. When her eldest son announces his engagement to a Russian actress in Saint Petersburg, Cecilia sets out to do what any good mother would do: stop the wedding. Unfortunately, destiny has other plans.

Konstantin Alexie Levin never considered himself to be a villain. In fact, he considers himself to be a Russian gentleman. Having grown up in a refined and well-educated family that embraced criminal life to avoid debtor’s prison, the only thing preventing him from knowing happiness is the rest of the world. Everything changes, however, when Konstantin is given a chance to start life anew and travel to London to collect an unexpected reward for saving a man’s life. To his surprise, he is about to become a hero at midnight to a beautiful aristocrat who desperately needs his help. The problem is…he wants to do more than save Lady Stone. He wants to make the woman his, all his.

 Scandalous Lovers (The Men and Women’s Club Book 1) by Robin Schone

WHAT DOES A WOMAN DESIRE?
A wife at fifteen, a mother at sixteen and now a widow, country-bred Frances Hart does not know how to simply be a woman. Until she accidentally interrupts a meeting of the Men and Women’s Club … an elite London association dedicated to the study of sex … and is challenged by sophisticated barrister James Whitcox. Her honesty—dangerous in an era when women were dependent upon fathers, husbands and sons for their very survival—tests the convictions of every man and woman in the Club, even as it catalyzes a passionate odyssey of intimate discovery. No one will escape the consequences …

 

 

 

 The Bumblebroth by Patricia Wynn

The Duchess of Upavon discourages Lord Westbury’s attentions to her daughter, even though he is handsome and charming. Lord Westbury is not interested in schoolroom misses; he simply needs an excuse for hanging about the Duchess’s estate. But she is determined to misunderstand his intentions. A bumblebroth indeed!

 

 

 

 

 The Outlaw and The Lady by Lorraine Heath

Innocent Angela Bainbridge knows her dreams of a fairy-tale wedding and finding passion in a man’s embrace can never come true. So when she’s swept into the arms of—and kidnapped by—notorious Lee Raven she’s both righteously angry…and curiously captivated. There’s something about this brazen outlaw that awakens Angela’s desires. She knows any crimes he’s committed are for the protection of his family, but Angela realizes that a lifetime together with Lee can never be…Lee Raven knows he’s only two steps ahead of the law. But this innocent beauty has his head spinning and his heart longing for something more than a life on the run. She’s made it clear that she’s determined to discover all of his secrets—but how can he let her learn what’s hidden in his past? And how can he let her give him her heart today, when he can’t evenpromise her tomorrow?

 

 

Want more Older Heroines with Younger Heroes? Check out my Showcase of Best Romances with an Age Difference Between the Leads. Lorraine Heath

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet 99 cents!

Breath of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

 by Amanda Bouchet

 

“Cat” Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat’s tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what’s a warrior queen to do when she knows it’s her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

 

Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world—for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin risk sacrificing everything they’ve fought for. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom…or die trying.

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A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet 99 cents! 5 Star Read!

A Promise of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

 

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

 

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

 

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The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12) by J.R. Ward Review

4 Stars!

 

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything–and everyone–at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response–or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out… or tortured legacy take over?

Review

I like this relaunch into the series where we revisit the couples to see how they are doing in Happily Ever After Land.

Though we never doubt the love between Wrath and Beth, they have a lot to work out with themselves and with each other.While I enjoyed this one, I will say with so many plot stands where one book begins and another ends gets a bit confusing.

I like the confronting of all the different viewpoints on having childern that go on in this series.

I also like how things are moving in the over all world.

Beth and Wrath were wonderful as always.

A must read for fans of the series.

The Irresistible Rogue By Valerie Bowman $1.99

The Irresistible Rogue (Playful Brides) - Valerie Bowman

 

A PROPOSAL FROM A SCOUNDREL
Daphne Swift has not laid eyes on her devilishly charming husband, Captain Rafferty Cavendish, in quite some time. As a matter of fact, she wants the rogue to annul their brief marriage so that she can marry the reliable and estimable Lord Fitzwell. But the breathtakingly handsome Rafe is not interested in letting Daphne go-at least not without paying his scandalous price…

THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE
Rafe prefers to face the dangers of spying alone, but this time he needs his innocent, fiery wife to uncover the information he seeks. He has even agreed to release her from their marriage if she submits completely to his plan. However, Daphne’s alluring combination of courage and curves makes her a dangerous distraction, and it is not long before Rafe is trading subterfuge for seduction in order to prove that Daphne is meant to be his and his alone…

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