ARC Review: How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart by Vivienne Lorret

How to Steal a Scoundrel's Heart by Vivienne Lorret
How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart
Vivienne Lorret
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: May 24, 2022
Series or Standalone: The Mating Habits of Scoundrels #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Emotional abuse; parental abandonment; cheating; pregnancy

If there is one thing I can count on from Vivienne Lorret, it’s that her books will be fun. How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart is no exception. I liked this one – but wow, did it go in a direction I did not expect towards the end. Vivienne Lorret kept me on my toes with what would happen with Leo and Prue’s relationship on their journey towards a happily ever after.

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ARC Review: The Bride Goes Rogue by Joanna Shupe

The Bride Goes Rogue by Joanna Shupe
The Bride Goes Rogue
Joanna Shupe
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: May 24, 2022
Series or Standalone: The Fifth Avenue Rebels
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Joanna Shupe hit it out of the park with her third installment in the Fifth Avenue Rebels series. The Bride Goes Rogue is, quite possibly, the hottest book Shupe has ever written. Shupe perfectly balances the steaminess with compelling characters and a charming romance that gave me all the emotions. I already know this book will be one of my top favorites of the year, as I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time while reading it. 

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ARC Review: All the Duke I Need by Caroline Linden

All the Duke I Need by Caroline Linden
All the Duke I Need
Caroline Linden
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Series or Standalone: Desperately Seeking Duke #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

All the Duke I Need took me by surprise in the best way! I went into this book with no expectations but found it so cute and ended up loving it by the end. The romance was adorable, and I loved how Caroline Linden brought all the pieces together to solve for the lost heir to the Carlyle dukedom that has been central to the plot of the Desperately Seeking Duke series.

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ARC Review: The Marquess Makes His Move by Diana Quincy

The Marquess Makes His Move by Diana Quincy
The Marquess Makes His Move
Diana Quincy
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Series or Standalone: Clandestine Affairs #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: cheating; pregnancy; gun violence; racism; depression

Since we first met the mysterious Marquess of Brandon in Her Night with the Duke, I’ve been dying to get his story and learn more about him! Diana Quincy delivered with The Marquess Makes His Move. It’s a bit of a wild ride, but it was a ride I enjoyed being on.

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ARC Review: The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh

The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes
Evan Leigh
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Series or Standalone: Last Chance Scoundrels #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been trying to sort out my feelings on The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes for about a month. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading it and liked the story, but I also found it not all that memorable in the long run. I feel like it was missing that special something to make it stand out. All that to say is I did enjoy it, but I don’t think I loved it. 

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ARC Review: An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn

An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn
An Impossible Impostor
Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #7
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Starting a new Veronica Speedwell book is like being welcomed with a warm hug from an old friend or family member. It’s so comforting and soothing to be spending time with Veronica and Stoker again and getting wrapped up in their latest unexpected mystery and adventure. 

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ARC Review: Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle

The Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle
Duke Gone Rogue
Christy Carlyle
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: December 28, 2021
Series or Standalone: Love on Holiday #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Duke Gone Rogue is a charming start to Christy Carlyle’s new Love on Holiday series! The romance between Maddie and Will, the Duke of Ashmore, was sweet with relatively no angst. While lower on the sexy scale, I still found myself really enjoying this one as it was just so stinking cute how much these two characters came to care for each other.

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Blood by K.J Wignall

Blood
K.J. Wignall
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Series or Standalone:  Mercian Trilogy #1
ISBN: 9781606842201
Format: eGalley
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
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Rating: 4.5 Stars
This book surprised me. From the title, cover and summary I thought I was in store for just another vampire book, but I was wrong. This book was not what I was expecting and I mean that in the best way possible.
I really loved the characters in Blood. This book was very character driven and the two main characters were really authentic, even if one of them is a vampire. Will is the last Earl of Mercia, even though he died way back in the 13th century. He is a vampire, but has no clue how he became how he is. He is all alone, up until now in the 21stcentury. I really sympathized with will because he has no one. He is lonely until he meets Eloise. Will is also a genuinely nice guy who was made into one of the “undead” as he likes to call himself. And then there is Eloise, a girl who seems to be part of Will’s destiny. I loved that Eloise was not some weak, defenseless female character. Instead, she takes everything in stride and offers Will friendship, something he hasn’t had in years. While Eloise seems to be tied up in Will’s destiny, the relationship between them does not feel forced. Even though Will and Eloise haven’t known each other for a long time, their relationship just works, it clicks. Eloise understands Will and his loneliness and will stick by him even if it buts her life in danger. They just work together.
Blood’s story literally blew me away. I’m not really sure what I was expecting from this book, probably some typical cheesy vampire story, but that was not what Blood was about. I loved that Will being a vampire or “undead” was not the true center point of the story. At times I even forget he was a vampire. The plot unraveled at a perfect pace and all the pieces of the mystery of who Will really is and why he is the way he is slowly clicked into place perfectly. As the first book in a trilogy, Blood set up the story perfectly. It wrapped up certain questions but left others unanswered and established a larger story arc for the series.
The writing in this book fit the story extremely well. I really liked that the writing made it very easy to visualize everything that was going on. For me, this book read like a movie in my head. It kept me engaged with the story. The writing definitely was more sophisticated then I was expecting.
I’m really glad I just randomly picked up Blood because it blew me away. This was a great first book in a series and now I really want to find out what happens next with Will. Enough questions were answered to leave me satisfied but some still have not been answered and I cannot wait to find out the answer. I am greatly looking forward to next two books in this trilogy! 

July is NetGalley Month!

Emily from Red House Books is hosting a NetGalley month. This is something I could sooooo use. You have no idea. I have so many eGalley’s from NetGalley that I desperately need to read and I’m hoping this will help kick my butt into gear.

Basically the gist of NetGalley month is very simple: Read as many NetGalley books as you can in a month. Pretty simple. You can also win prizes from participating! Yay! To learn more about July as NetGalley month you can visit Emily’s post explaining it all here.

My goal is to read 7 books from NetGalley as of right now. I might add more to this list, but I’m gonna start with 7.

The 7 books are:
Blood by K.J. Wignall
Tris and Izzy by Mette Ivie Harrison
Ashes by Isla J. Bick 
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson 
The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz 
Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy