Thursday, December 13, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines


ABOUT THE BOOK

Lady Margaret Grey of Hartfell wants for nothing. The daughter of a knight, she has a loving family, wealth, and even a secret romance with the blacksmith's son. But all that is torn from her one fateful night when her home is attacked and her family killed. She is left with nothing but bitterness, an unwavering mistrust of men, and a strange and mysterious curse that allows her to feel the thoughts of anyone who touches her.

Now, after six years away, Margaret is returning home for one reason: revenge. She hopes that by avenging her family's deaths, she will somehow be freed from her curse. But it won't be easy. the identities of the raiders are still unknown, she has little left to her name, and traveling alone in the Northumbrian hills during the border wars is dangerous. Matters are further complicated by handsome Angus Robson, a Scotsman whose charm threatens to distract her from her plans. But the raiders are closer than she knows, and Margaret soon realizes that what she believed to be a curse may be the key to finding those she seeks. One touch will reveal the truth.

REVIEW

Daines has presented the reader with an interesting sort of tale in this book.  While the majority of the book revolves around a young lady out for revenge for the murder of her family, the author adds just a touch of fantasy to the story that adds an intriguing layer of depth.  Margaret is full of anger and hate after having her family murdered and her life ripped away from her.  The addition of a curse that forces her to avoid touching people makes things more difficult.  She prefers not to be able to feel the thoughts of those around her, especially when a nasty headache inevitably results.  But in her quest to find those responsible for her families' deaths she discovers an unexpected benefit to her curse.  But falling in love with a Scotsman isn't in her plans and so she resists Angus Robson's charms, especially once she learns of his family troubles.  But will her search for revenge rob her of that which is of most worth in her life? Or will she find a way to be rid of her curse forever.  This story is certainly an intriguing one what with the curse that leads Margaret to understand others thoughts.  That would be challenging for sure.  Margaret and Angus make for interesting characters as they both wrestle with their feelings for each other at the same time they are trying to deal with their family problems and the obstacles standing between them. 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Wager for a Wife by Karen Tuft


ABOUT THE BOOK

William Barlow's life has been forever altered: his estranged father is dead, and William has inherited the title of Viscount Farleigh. Along with the title comes a neglected estate, an enormous amount of gambling debt, and one astounding acquisition that will turn William's world upside down . . .
It is her first London Season, and Lady Louisa Hargreaves could not be more pleased. She has attracted the attention of the Earl of Kerridge, and the two are on the cusp of an official betrothal.

That is, until she learns of a generations-old family debt: her grandfather gambled her hand in marriage and lost, and now Louisa must pay the price. She will marry not the earl but a man she just met, who has taken her freedom in one fell swoop. Even as she struggles to understand the handsome and aloof man she is to wed, Louisa is irresistibly drawn to him—and he to her. But she soon realizes he is harboring secrets, and as her wedding day approaches, she must discover what her future husband is hiding before she makes the gravest mistake of her life.

REVIEW

Karen Tuft has written another charming regency romance that has some depth to it. As a prequel to The Earl's Betrothal it was fun to read about previously known characters, Louisa and William.  As the author explains in her author's note, she just felt like the two characters deserved their own story, and I have to agree.  The romance between the two doesn't start off real well though, since William shows up just as Louisa is about to get engaged to someone else.  And Louisa isn't happy that her grandfather gambled away her hand in marriage.  There is attraction their as the two start to get to know each other, but Louisa is frustrated with William's aloofness.  As the day for their marriage approaches, neither one is sure they can go through with it.  A thoughtful story about the damage that one person's actions can do and the hope and love required to heal it.

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