Review: One Dance With a Duke by Tessa Dare

One Dance With a Duke by Tessa Dare
One Dance With a Duke
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Series or Standalone: Stud Club #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

One Dance With a Duke kicks off Tessa Dare’s second series, The Stud Club. Before the “But Do The Bang?” Tessa Dare readalong, I had never read this series or the Wanton Dairymaid series. After not really enjoying the Wanton Dairymaid series, I was a bit hesitant about her second series despite being a fan of everything she’s published since Spindle Cove. However, this book felt so much more like the Tessa Dare books I know and love! It felt like a full 180 from her first series.

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Review: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Lore
By Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble – <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53375824-lore&#8221;?Goodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

A few CW for this book: Sexual assault, violence, and death (of parents, kids, others) 

I’m a sucker for any retellings on Greek mythology, and Lore hit the spot for me. It’s the perfect mashup of The Hunger Games meets Percy Jackson.

Every seven years, the old Greek gods become mortal and are hunted by the descents of ancient bloodlines who can gain immortality and the god’s power by killing them. Lore Perseous has hidden away from her community to escape the bloodshed after the brutal murder of her family by a rival line. However, Lore gets drawn back into the world on the eve of the new Agon when an old, thought to be dead friend, Castor reenters her life and a gravely wounded Athena ends up on doorstep. Determined to end the bloodshed of the Agon once and for all, Lore binds her fate to Athena and gets swept up in a large scheme of revenge, betrayal and violence once again. 

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Review: My Kind of Earl by Vivienne Lorret

My Kind of Earl by Vivienne Lorret
My Kind of Earl
Vivienne Lorret
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Series or Standalone: The Mating Habits of Scoundrels #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

I went into this book without reading the synopsis and had no idea what to expect in terms of the plot. I’m so glad about that as I found this story delightful and unexpected. I had read the first book in the series, Lord Holt Takes a Bride, and while I enjoyed it, it didn’t wow me. With My Kind of Earl, I had a smile on my face the whole time and couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

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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: London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #5.5
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: Dukes Are Forever by Bec McMaster

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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: The Mech Who Loved Me by Bec McMaster

Cover for The Mech Who Loved Me by Bec McMaster featuring a blonde woman in a pale pink dress holding a notebook and a man with dark hair and a metal arm in a vest and shirt. Big ben and a bridge is in the background
The Mech Who Loved Me
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Lochaber Press
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Series or Standalone:London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

I am so addicted to this series! When I saw the library didn’t have this book available immediately after I finished Mission: Improper, I did what any sensible person would do. I bought the ebook box set for the whole series.

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Review: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

Of Silk and Steam
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Series or Standalone: London Steampunk #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Hard to believe it, but we’re at the conclusion of the London Steampunk series! And this might be the book I’ve been waiting for the most as I’ve been dying to get Barrons story since we met him in book one. He’s been such an intriguing secondary character and I was so excited to dive into this book. 

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Review: Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

Cover of Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster
Forged by Desire
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Series or Standalone: London Steampunk #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

I didn’t read the blurb for this book before diving in as I honestly didn’t care what the plot would be, I just wanted to continue reading the series. And I have to say, this book wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, but that’s not a bad thing! I really enjoyed this one though it went in a totally different direction then I thought based on the characters it focused on.

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Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

Cover of Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
Kiss of Steel
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Series or Standalone: London Steampunk #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been in a terrible reading slump the last few weeks and have been picking up books left and right only to have none of them hold my interest. And then I picked up Kiss of Steel on a whim and I was hooked. I’ve seen this book around for a while but never actually picked it up. After seeing a bookstack photo on Instagram for the series by author Bec McMaster I decided to see if the library had it as an ebook, and lo and behold they did. 

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Review: Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

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Scandal in Spring
By Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 25, 2006
Series or Standalone: a href=”/tag/the-wallflowers/”>The Wallflowers #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

After Devil in Winter not being my cup of tea, I was desperately hoping that Scandal in Spring would finish the Wallflowers series on a high note. And boy, did it do that! 

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