ARC Review: A Scot to the Heart by Caroline Linden

A Scot to the Heart by Caroline Linden
A Scot to the Heart
by Caroline Linden
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Series or Standalone: Desperately Seeking Duke #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I have to say, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get with A Scot to the Heart. I liked the first book in the Desperately Seeking Duke series, About a Rogue, but I didn’t love it and the story wasn’t particularly memorable. However, A Scot to the Heart was a delightful story that I felt I instantly connected to and ended up really loving!

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Review: A Lady of Persuasion by Tessa Dare

A Lady of Persuasion by Tessa Dare
A Lady of Persuasion
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
Series or Standalone: The Wanton Dairymaid Series
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

And that’s a wrap on the Wanton Dairymaid series! I can safely say, I’m glad to be done with this series as it was not my favorite. A Lady of Persuasion was better than the second book in the series, but not something I can see myself going back to read. 

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Review: From London, With Love by Bec McMaster

From London, With Love by Bec McMaster
From London, With Love
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Lochaber Press
Publication Date: February 14, 2020
Series or Standalone: </tag/london-steampunk-the-blue-blood-conspiracy/"
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’m not a big novella person, but when I saw there was a final novella in the London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy theory, I knew I had to read it. I really just wanted to spend more time with these characters.

The novella is a really fun, quick read that gives Alexandra, the Queen of England, the love story and ending she deserved. Alexandra has gone through so much over the course of the two series and it was so nice to have her get her own happily ever after.

Even for a novella, Bec McMaster has to bring in some drama and plots. Not only is Alexandra trying to find a new husband thanks to Malloryn’s suggestions that it will sure up the line of succession, the Rogues are fending off an assassin attempt against her from an unknown assailant. I loved seeing all the Rogues again in this as they work to uncover who the bad guy was. I will say, I did predict the bad person early on, but I still really liked the self-contained plot in this novel.

I was also so thrilled we got to see the romance develop between Alexandra and Sir Gideon. I definitely feel like we had gotten hints of a spark between them in some of the later books in the London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy series and I loved how this book filled in some of their history. It was so funny to me that everyone but them could see the match Malloryn was angling to make with his marriage scheme. While this was short, I feel like because we knew these characters and they had chemistry, the romance worked well and didn’t feel rushed. I love how Alexandra just wanted someone to see her for who she is as a person and Gideon was the perfect match for her. 

Overall, this was a fun little novel that gives a little peek into the lives of the Rogues after things return to relative normal. I feel likeI’m literally obsessed with this series and the world that McMaster created, so getting to spend a little extra time in it was perfect. If you love this series, you’ll likely want to give this novella a quick read through as it’s such a nice epilogue to the series. 

Review: Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare

Surrender of a Siren
By Tessa Dare
Publisher:Ballantine Books
Publication Date: August 25, 2009
Series or Standalone:The Wanton Dairymaid #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:1.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’m a big Tessa Dare fan and I don’t think I’ve ever disliked any of her books…until this one came along. I wanted to like it. I truly did. But Surrender of Siren just did not do it for me.

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Review: Dukes Are Forever by Bec McMaster

Cover of Dukes Are Forever by Bec McMaster
Dukes Are Forever
By Bec McMaster
Publisher:Lochaber Press
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Series or Standalone:London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

It’s hard to believe it, but here we are at the end of the London Steampunk: Blue Blood Conspiracy series. Yes, I know there is a short novella afterwards, but Dukes Are Forever is the last full book in the series and I’m having a hard time saying goodbye. What a stunning conclusion!

Warning: there are a few spoilers ahead for the earlier books in this series!

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Review: Fake by Kylie Scott

Cover of the book Fake by Kylie Scott featuring a black and white image of a man in a wet t-shirt with beach waves behind him.
Fake
By Kylie Scott
Publisher: Kylie Scott
Publication Date: May 18, 2021
Series or Standalone: West Hollywood #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3 Stars

MY REVIEW

Let me start off by saying that Kylie Scott is the author of one of my all-time favorite books, Lead. That book is such a comfort read and one I find myself going back to over and over again. When I saw Scott was releasing a new romance centered in Hollywood with an actor instead of a band, I knew I needed to read it. 

Fake centers on Patrick Walsh, one of the hottest male movie stars, who finds himself at the center of a scandal that is tarnishing his image and costing him job. To redeem his image, his publicist and him devise a scheme where he’ll fake date Norah Peers, a regular, everyday girl who works at an Italian restaurant Patrick frequents. Yes, this doesn’t seem like the most realistic plot, but it feels relatively tame and believable for a faking dating romance.

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To Catch a Rogue by Bec McMaster

Review: To Catch a Rogue by Bec McMaster

Cover of To Catch a Rogue by Bec McMaster
To Catch a Rogue
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Lochaber Press
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Series or Standalone: London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Ever since we met Lark and Charlie back in the original London Steampunk series, I have been DYING to get their story. Couple that with the ending of You Only Love Twice, and I knew I needed to dive into this one as SOON as possible. Honestly, I’m so glad I didn’t need to wait for this book to publish, as that wait would have been killer.

The plot for this book is spoiler for some parts of Of Silk and Steam and You Only Love Twice, so if you want to avoid knowing anything about the endings of those books, I’d stop reading now. 

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Review: Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare

Cover of Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare
Goddess of the Hunt
By Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Series or Standalone: The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #1
Links:
AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been a Tessa Dare fan for a long time, but have never read her first two series before. When I saw a handful of bookstagrammers were hosting the “But Do They Bang?” readalong (the best name ever for a readalong) of all of Tessa Dare’s books, I knew I had to join in.

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Cover image of June TBR

June TBR List

Happy June! Hard to believe summer is almost here!

I don’t think I’ve ever posted a TBR list before on my blog. I’m more of a mood reader than anything else, but I’ve been trying to pull together a TBR each month to give myself a little structure. I definitely don’t stick to it all the time though.

For June though I have high hopes of reading all of the books on my TBR! First off, half of them are part of the “But Do They Bang?” readalong of Tessa Dare’s books. Am I ever going to get tired of saying the name of that readalong? No. I have a library book, an ARC and a new release on here as well that I’m feeling confident about as well.

Here’s what’s on my TBR this month:

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