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Book Review: ‘Mine, Forever and Always’ by Tammy L. Bailey

Title: Mine, Forever and Always

Published: 15th March 2017

Author: Tammy L. Bailey

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tammylbaileyauthor

Twitter: @tammylbailey

 

Synopsis:

Just shy of fifteen years old, and during a fake and impromptu wedding ceremony, LILY SCOTT married her best friend’s brother, HENRY DALTON.

It seemed harmless enough until he leaned in and whispered to her his true feelings, amorous words she has been unable to forget: Now you’re mine, forever and always.

Unfortunately, growing up pulls them apart and transforms Henry into a pompous scoundrel. When they meet again at a house party hosted by Henry’s sister, will Henry remember his once faithful promise to Lily?

 

Review:

A sweet short romantic historical read with great back and forth verbal sparing between Lily and Henry. Loved it right from the start with them and Henry’s sister Jane. Jane is a bit of a master at games it seems, especially when true love is on the cards. Hadley Manor is where we start with a week of fun and mischief when this group gets together. Mr. Waverley was an interesting character and just as good at games it seems as Jane. Now that would be an interesting match.

Everything starts with a letter. Lily writes the letter in question on Jane’s behalf as she feels she would be able to express her love much better than her. Jane wants a letter written that she can later sign to secretly give to Mr. Waverley to let him know her true feelings but the best laid plans don’t go to plan. Jane told her to write from the heart and that she did. She writes of the love she has for the one who holds her heart – her husband of sorts – thinking it would help her heal from how he left. It did nothing of the sort when the man in question is so near and treating her so unkindly, like he doesn’t even remember her at all. More so after she bumps into him dropping the secret letter at his feet. One she very much wants to get back from him by any means necessary before he reads it. By a stolen kiss perhaps?

Henry knew that coming to a party of his sisters would turn into something else as she always has a reason for everything. As a way to stay away from her games he brought Miss Appleton, his latest conquest of sorts, as a distraction. But is she there so someone stays away from him or to help him stay away from someone else in particular. Someone he fears he can never have. The latter I think but it doesn’t really work out that way, as it seems he can’t seem to make himself stay away from Lily. More so when he sees the lengths she will go to get the retrieve the letter that fell at his feet. One he has memorized every word of and on some level wishing it was about him. His mission from then on is to figure out who Lily might have written the letter to but come on man look a little closer to home. You may have saved yourself some time but its fun to see how they play off each other. She might seem shy at first of his dismissive nature but her frustrations soon come to the surface, his also it seems.

Chemistry is bubbling below the surface and you know the higher the tension builds the bigger the passion will become. He needs to get over his mistrust of women and thinking he knows all their games or he will lose the only one who will truly love him forever and always. First book read by Tammy L. Bailey and I would highly recommend it and want to check out any others.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Sorceress’ by Saskia Walker

Title: Sorceress

Published: 30th June 2012

Author: Saskia Walker

Twitter: @saskiawalker

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/104558.Saskia_Walker

 

Synopsis:

Their love affair is forbidden, dangerous, and unstoppable.

The Empress Elishiba has vowed to protect her people, even if it means marrying an enemy. But when the mysterious man known as Amshazar arrives as a spokesman for her future husband, her passion is ignited. Amshazar is an attractive and powerful man who is rumored to be a sorcerer, and he is allied to her enemy. Consorting with him would be disastrous. Why then does she let him arouse her and distract her from her goal?

Amshazar is a gifted magi and an envoy of the gods. Lusting after the Empress Elishiba wasn’t part of his plan, and yet he cannot resist. Their connection is vital, their desire undeniable—but their forbidden affair soon captures them in a web of danger, a web where magic and romance weave their own vibrant and inexorable threads. As the enemy seeks to destroy Elishiba and all she stands for, Amshazar must fulfill his duty and empower her as a powerful Sorceress, whatever the cost.

 

Review:

Intriguing read right from the start with many twists and turns to keep you hooked until the end. Seems Aleem and Karseedia are two very different lands run in two very different ways. One run for the love of its people where an Empress would do whatever it takes to keep peace and the other by fear. The Aleemite way of life focuses on all things pleasure, you should know all about it, no matter your status. Karseedia, however, is a treacherous country ruled by an evil hand hiding not so far in the background. I know which one I would rather be in.

Empress Elishiba of Aleem vows to protect her people no matter what but she is about to be pushed to her limits when she embarks on a mission with a neighboring enemy land. If a deal for a treaty fails then it seems the only way to ensure peace is to link them by marriage, hers to Emperor Hanrah of Karseedia. She knows her goal and can’t afford to be distracted from her path but the moment she meets the mysterious Amshazar that idea gets thrown right out the window. He is rumored to be a sorcerer and allied to her enemy but that doesn’t stop her lust from igniting the moment they meet. The pull it seems can’t be ignored but following it could lead them both down a disastrous path. Dark forces are at every turn to do evils bidding so she has to careful of whom to trust. New friends could be foe but to trust in herself is key. Her heart will always lead her down the correct path, even if it’s breaking at the same time.

Amshazar is a magi who is called upon by the Gods – specifically Credan and Sevita – to deliver a message to the exotic lands to help prevent a war. He needs to help one and guide another to get the peace the Gods are after. Something Hurda the God of war isn’t too keen on after his meddling got them to that stage in the first place. He first befriends Hanrah and soon is a trusted part of his life, so much so that he is sent as a spokesman with the group that goes to collect and escort Elishiba back to Karseedia. She is the one he must guide for the sake of all buts it hard to do after passions collide from the moment their eyes lock. Its like something sparks to life inside her. Her own magic seems to sense his and its with his presence and guidance that she can pull it to the surface when needed most. The moment they kiss all else fades away and it’s just them in a bubble of passion. She longs for him and he craves for her. He has a job to do, one she is a part of, but he can’t tell her it all yet for fear of scaring her. Falling for her and her passionate ways wasn’t part of his plan but fate it seems has other ideas.

Poor old Hanrah, he is very much under his mother Mehtap’s rule. He must strive to over throw her to become the man he is meant to be. His loyalty seems to be to his lover Kazeen but he needs to think of all his people before his mother ruins their land for good with war. Sibias is a creepy guy who you get a bad feeling about right from the start. He is Mehtap’s puppet, one that likes to delve into the dark magic to do her bidding it seems. All you are hoping is that they get their comeuppance.

Elishiba is not alone on her journey, she may have Amshazar for now but also brings her closest friends and consorts which gives the story more depth. Xerxes is her loyal warrior and leader of the Immortals, friend and past lover, well who wouldn’t want someone like that watching your back. Her handmaids, twins Elra and Amra brought a bit of humour, loved their scenes. Yoshi her Seeress loves to speak in riddles and her ‘gift’ from Mehtap turned loyal friend Kerr was sweet – someone the twins very much hope to share. Love the way they try to entice him to their side. Believe me it doesn’t take much for him to be in ore of them and the way of life in Aleem. A much better place to be than Karseedia it seems. A power play coming from all sides has started and it soon becomes a road trip built on a dark web of mystery. A fun paranormal fantasy erotic historical read to get stuck into.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Rescued by the Captain’ by Laura A. Barnes

Title: Rescued by the Captain

Published: 10th January 2017

Publisher: Lulu.com

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Synopsis:

Abandoned at sea.

When Ivy Mallory awakens; she finds herself on the ship of the man who rejected her love years earlier. While he was away working for the Crown, she embraced the London Seasons trying to forget him. Caught in the middle of a treason plot; she must help save her brother. To do so she needs to put her trust in the one man who can protect her. But can she protect her heart from loving him again?

Found at sea.

Captain Marcus Thornhill never imagined he would find a lady floating unconscious in a lifeboat out in the middle of the open sea. But it wasn’t any lady, it was Ivy. Seven years earlier he rejected her love for a life at sea. As he rescues her he gets involved in a treason plot that will bring the war to their beloved shores of England. As he unravels the plot he is unable to deny his desire for her. Is he too late in saving her and the love he has for her?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set in an era you would love to travel to. Love a good period historical romance read and this one had a sexy captain of the high seas in it too. Adventure, romance, danger and intrigue – what’s not to love!

We follow Marcus and Ivy – his Hedera and name of his ship – on one hell of a crazy journey. Love when we find out what Hedera really stands for. He might be a Captain and love the life of the sea but there is someone from back home he loves more, Ivy. Fate has intertwined their paths and this time nothing is going to tear them apart again. Well let’s hope so anyway.

We start out at sea where Captain Marcus Thornhill gets a bit of a shock when his ship comes across a lifeboat floating out at sea. More so when it becomes clear that the passenger – unconscious passenger mind you – is none other than Ivy Mallory. The girl turned women he left behind seven years ago before he started his life at sea. Right from the start you know there is going to be quite a story as to how she got left out at sea in the first place but for the moment all Marcus can think about is trying to make sure she doesn’t die from her ordeal. Its almost like his heart stopped the moment he saw her, fearing she was already lost to him, and that it won’t start again until she opens her eyes. She gets a bit of a shock when she does open her eyes as she fears she is dreaming. It’s the only reason she can come up with as to how Marcus – love of her life – could be before her. Dream becomes reality very fast though when she realizes the position she has found herself in. Namely being alone in a cabin with Marcus being her sole carer. I think you may be able to guess where that situation might lead. Seems distance has made the heart grow fonder and passions soon come into play. Land is far away so they have time to reconnect but danger is never far behind. Sometimes said danger comes from them when they just won’t listen. These two are the king and queen of misunderstandings I feel. Just talk to each other and stop jumping to conclusions! Rant over but they do need to listen because once they do start talking they get the answers and love they have both been missing all these years spent apart.

Seems Ivy has found herself in the middle of some kind of treason plot that could mean war for her land. Her brother Charles is missing and all she can think of is finding him. Doing so only leads her to more danger and there are only so many times Marcus can save her. The reason for her being found out at sea soon becomes linked to the plot as well after she caught the eye of a pirate; one that seems to be connected to more than first appears. A plot is afoot and you are never quite sure what angle people are playing. Zane – friend or foe, whose side is he on? More to his story than meets the eye. The same goes for who has Charles. Missing, hiding out or kidnapped? You are never quite sure. Sammy was a sweet character, always looking out for his Captain and Ivy soon after meeting/rescuing her.

There are a few grammar issues throughout but not enough to take away from enjoying the story itself. Action packed romance adventure read. You know it’s just the start of what’s to come for Marcus and Ivy. Nothing will ever be smooth sailing, fun at times, danger at others, but as long as they are together they will get through.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Captured by the Pirate Laird’ by Amy Jarecki

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Title: Captured by the Pirate Laird

Published: 18th January 2014

Publisher: Rapture Books

Author: Amy Jarecki

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amyjarecki

Twitter: @amyjarecki

Synopsis:

Wed by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Lady Anne trudges up the gangway of a galleon that will deliver her into the arms of a tyrant. Crestfallen, she believes her disastrous life cannot get worse—until she awakes to the blasts of cannon fire.

Facing certain death, Anne trembles in her stateroom while swords clash and the chilling screams of battle rage on the deck above. When a rugged Highlander kicks in her door, she prays for a swift end.

But Laird Calum MacLeod has a reason for plundering the ship—and it’s not a stunning English lass. With no other choice, he takes Anne to his crumbling keep on the isle of Raasay and sends a letter of ransom to her husband. In time, Anne grows to understand MacLeod’s plight and finds it increasingly difficult to resist Calum’s unsettling charm—until the baron sends a reply agreeing to terms.

Ripped from passion that will be forever seared into their souls, will Anne and Calum risk everything for love?

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a pirate in it. I love highlander books and this one had an extra twist that he was a pirate to boot – brilliant!

Anne has been wed by proxy on the word of her uncle to Lord Wharton, a man old enough to be her grandfather. She may have caught his eye at the Queens coronation, not the she remembers, but he couldn’t be bothered to collect her himself when she is sent to him. Instead he sends her alone out on a ship so she can be delivered almost like cargo. It might look bleak to begin with but that’s just the start as pirates soon take over the ship and all its cargo – her included.

Calum MacLeod, pirate captain of the Sea Dragon and Laired of Raasay, gets a bit of a shock when he comes across English lass Anne hiding in a room on the ship he just concurred. Unsure what to do with her at first his plan is to take her back with him until he knows more about who she really is. When he finds out that she is wed to Lord Wharton he knows the only outcome is to ransom her to the English Lord. A fight is brewing between the English and the Scots and it seems this meeting by chance is the catalyst that starts it all again.

Anne may not have thought her life had much of a bright outcome on the start of her journey but she soon learns that meeting Calum could be the best thing that ever happened to her. Especially if he keeps looking at her the way he does. Passion is brewing, more than she really knows what to do with, so it’s a good thing that Calum does. She thinks she always has to do the right thing for her family but can Calum show her another way? They both need a little faith in each other to get what they really want.

There are lots of other key players throughout that play a part in creating an interesting world. Too many to mention them all but with Bran, the young squire, you get a feeling he is going to be key to the future of Calum’s land. Good way to set the scene for the rest of the series. It almost has a Robin Hood feel to it with the fact that Calum only steals from the wealthy so he can feed his people – you even have a Friar, though he’s called Pat not Tuck. Anne may not condone what he does but she can see why he would need to. Its not just Calum’s friends and family that make up the interesting group but the people along the way that help Anne get back to where she really belongs. Lets hope they are all strong enough to band together against the danger that follows them in the form of Lord Wharton, his henchman Denton and the army he has claimed along the way.

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4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘The Crusader’s Bride’ by Claire Delacroix

The Crusader's Bride

Title: The Crusader’s Bride (The Champions of Saint Eupemia Book 1)

Published: 28th July 2015

Author: Claire Delacroix pseudonym for Deborah Cooke

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Twitter: @cooke_delacroix

Synopsis:

Gaston battled for duty and honor—until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

Gaston has had his fill of war and the Latin Kingdoms when he learns that he has inherited his father’s estate in France. He accepts one last quest for the Templars, the order he has served for fifteen years, and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he now has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage catches his eye, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting the offer of this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again—this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to remain alive.

Neither of them realize that Gaston’s errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars—and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize for his or her own, regardless of the cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A historical romance. I do love a good historical romance and this one was great. A lot of information is thrown at you from the get go, almost too much to keep track of, but soon you find yourselves on a intriguing crusade along with the characters so just go with the flow.

Gaston has been a fighter and protector for the Templars for most of his life and thought he would continue to do so. A letter from back home informing him of his brothers passing and telling him that his fathers estate in France would then be passed to him changes all that. Knowing he will now be Baron de Chamont-sur-Maine he knows he is bound by duty to father a son to continue the family name due to his brother having only daughters and for that he seeks a wife. Lucky for him he has seen the perfect choice and if her character is anything to go by feels it would be a well-suited match.

Ysmaine has come on a pilgrimage to try and find penance for what she sees as her curse. Twice widowed she has buried two husbands before the wedding night can proceed. She fears herself cursed and has come seeking answers from the holy mother. What she didn’t expect was another proposal of marriage. She can see Gaston would be a kind sole to her but can’t stop her mind from thinking the worse might befall him if they did wed. Gaston becomes very convincing and soon she finds herself wed again – well third times the charm they always say! This new husband of hers seems more determined than most to stay alive, which is good because its not just the wedding night he should be concerned about.

Before Gaston is to leave, new wife in toe, he is given one last task. He must deliver a letter and some secret treasure of sorts to Paris while on his way home in the guise of just being a member of a travelling party. The only reason they would let such a treasure leave is fear that they will fall in the battle to come. They clearly don’t want whatever it is to fall into the enemy’s hands. What neither of them realises though is the danger that follows them; it might be closer than they think. There are a lot of players within their travelling group, so it is not always easy to see the truth between the lies. Not knowing who can be trusted is a sure way of creating divides and distrust between them all. This would be simple journey turns into something a lot bigger with more danger than anyone first thought.

Trust is the one thing Gaston asks of Ysmaine but trust is earned not always freely given. This trust for one another slowly turns into something more. After the wedding night goes off without her husband dying Ysmaine can’t help but think something was missing. When the act was nearing its end for him she felt the start of something she didn’t know how to explain. Lets just say he got his rocks off but she was left hanging on the edge. Knowing there is something more she could get she becomes bolder in her actions but its not until they both see shadows of another couple in the throws of passion that they really let lose on each other. Wouldn’t say this one is focusing too much on the bedroom department of this pair but more on the journey they find themselves on. In a short time Ysmaine knows she has fallen for him and is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure his task is completed, no matter the cost to her reputation and maybe even her life. Takes Gaston a little longer to catch up on the feelings department but once there you can see he too would stop at nothing to keep her safe. Once his sole purpose was to be a knight for the Templar but now he must learn to be the best husband he can be.

Lots of other characters help drive the story through and you are trying to guess who the traitor truly is. There are a few options so get your thinking caps on; who seems out of place and character. The crusade is clearly the starting point for the series as a whole so is showing the key male leads that will go off into their own books. Lots of information about the warring parties and land layouts can get a bit confusing but stay with it as it soon comes back to focus more on the group and what they are going through first hand; with an overview of what is happening in the world around them.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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