Thursday, April 23, 2020

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY : The Noble Smuggler by Sian Ann Bessey


Despite living at her father's inn her entire life, Elizabeth Doyle has always managed to avoid involvement with the smugglers who frequently gather there. Until now. When a handsome smuggler is brought to her with dire injuries, Elizabeth risks everything to hide him—completely unaware that the wounded man is not who he appears to be.

When an opportunity arises to infiltrate the notorious smuggling gang he believes caused his father's death, Jonas Ainsworth, the Viscount Langton, pretends to be one of them. But when he is wounded mid-charade, Jonas's life is placed in the hands of an unlikely savior: a smuggler's daughter. Forced to flee before his wounds have fully healed, he does not think he will ever see her again—until she appears on his doorstep, seeking safe haven. Divided by their social standings yet united in their mutual desire to expose the leader of the smuggling ring, Jonas and Elizabeth are undeniably drawn to each other. Neither realizes, however, that they are dangerously close to uncovering explosive secrets from the past—secrets that will alter the course of their lives forever.



Elizabeth Doyle would rather not be involved in smuggling, but as an innkeeper's daughter, she has little choice in the matter.  Jonas Ainsworth, the Viscount Langton, on the other hand, enters into smuggling of his own freewill.  As Jonas seeks a way to overthrow the local smuggling gang and find answers to his father's death from year's ago, he's surprised to discover he has feelings for Lizzie.  But Elizabeth thinks Jonas is a smuggler named Reynard and faces serious difficulties when her father pushes her toward marrying a corrupt local official.  Forced to flee, Elizabeth seeks Reynard for help only to discover he isn't who she thought he was.  But together they work to take down the smugglers only to realize there's a secret to be uncovered that's greater than any they have yet come across.  Bessey tells a fabulous tale that I found to be a compelling read.  As usual, her historical details are suburb without slowing the story.  I appreciated the use of an interesting time period involving those other than just the aristocracy.  An enjoyable story mixed with an intriguing romance made for a thoroughly engaging read.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

PROPER ROMANCE REVIEW : Lakeshire Park by Megan Walker


Amelia Moore is worried about her and her sister's future. With their stepfather's looming death, she knows they'll soon be on their own—without an inheritance, home, or penny to their names. When an invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park, Amelia is eager to encourage a match between her sister, Clara, and Sir Ronald. At least then, she'll know her sister will be taken care of.

Little does she know that another guest, Mr. Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his sister. Starting with a quarrel over a glove, Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry—one that Amelia has no choice but to win. But competing against Peter—and eventually playing by his rules—makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim—her heart. 


MEGAN WALKER was raised on a berry farm in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where her imagination took her to times past and worlds away. While earning her degree in Early Childhood Education at Brigham Young University, she married her one true love and started a family. But her imaginings wouldn’t leave her alone, so she picked up a pen, and the rest is history. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and three children.


This absolutely delightful Regency novel follows the marriage-seeking adventures of Amelia Moore and her sister, Clara.  The girl's stepfather is dying and makes it clear to Amelia that he has no intention of leaving them any sort of livelihood.  When he dies they will be homeless and penniless. In order to avoid poverty, at least one of the girls must marry.  Luckily they have just been invited to a house party hosted by Sir Ronald at Lakeshire Park.  Amelia knows that Clara likes Sir Ronald and is determined to help her sister win him over. 

What she doesn't expect is meeting Mr. Peter Wood who is out to help his sister win over Sir Ronald.  In an effort to get Mr. Wood out of the way, Amelia sets out to distract him. After making a bargain where they spend every afternoon together, Amelia and Peter find themselves getting to know each other.  And Amelia, who disliked Peter at first because of a brief encounter in the local town, reluctantly finds herself falling in love.  But complications abound.  Clara doesn't like Peter or his sister, her rival.  And with Lord Grey's death imminent and Clara's relationship with Sir Ronald up in the air, Amelia must decide whether to accept a marriage of convenience or take a risk on love.

Amelia and Peter's witty and amusing relationship made for a thoroughly engaging, enjoyable read.  I found myself grinning and even laughing out loud at times.  Amelia's boldness and Peter's playfulness made for some truly fun reading.  The romance was tender and sweet, especially once Amelia accepts her changing feelings.  There's plenty of conflict with Peter's sister, Georgiana, is determined to win Sir Ronald and is willing to do anything to accomplish her goal.  Amelia's worries about her and her sister's future leads her to make some interesting decisions, both good and bad.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story full of humor and romance.  This one is definitely going on my favorites shelf. Highly recommended.