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Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

It Happened Autumn
By Lisa Kleypas
Publisher:Avon
Original Publication Date: September 27, 2005
Series or Standalone: The Wallflowers #2
Links: Amazon Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW:

Before even starting this book, I knew I was going to love it and I was so glad to be proven right. Lillian Bowman was my favorite Wallflower from the group we were first introduced to in Secrets of a Summer Night and I was so excited to dive into her story and watch her butt heads with Lord Westcliff. It Happened One Autumn was everything I wanted and more – truly a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance!

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Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Secrets of a Summer Night
By Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: October 26, 2004
Series or Standalone: The Wallflowers #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Despite being a historical romance fan, I’ve surprisingly read very few novels by Lisa Kleypas. After reading Then Came You and Dreaming of You and loving both of them, I decided to dive into some of her backlist, starting with the Wallflowers series.

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Review: Scoundrel of My Heart by Lorraine Heath

Scoundrel of My Heart
By Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: Once Upon a Dukedom #1
Links: Amazon Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I was so excited to have a spinoff series of the Sins for All Seasons series and I knew I was going to enjoy this. What shocked me was just how much I enjoyed this – it far surpassed my expectations.

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Review: Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath

Beauty Tempts the Beast
By Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Series or Standalone: Sins for All Seasons #6
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars


MY REVIEW

The final book in a series is always bittersweet – and this one was no except. In the Beauty Tempts the Beast, we get a historical romance twist on Beauty and the Beast (obviously).

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Review: The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath

The Earl Takes a Fancy
By Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Release date: May 21, 2020
Series or Standalone: Sins for All Seasons #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW:

This might be my favorite book in the Sin for All Seasons series and I’m a bit shocked by that. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going in for Fancy’s story. Her upbringing is so different from that of the other Trewlove siblings. Born to Ettie Trewlove, the matriarch of the Trewlove clan who took in the nobility’s bastards and raised them as her own, Fancy was destined for greater things in live – a fancy house, a fancy man and fancy life. Being so much younger than her siblings and raised with these expectations, she was a bit a question mark to me, but I ended up loving her. I love her passion for books and you could tell she was truly happy when she was in her book shop.

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Review: The Heiress Hunt by Joanna Shupe

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The Heiress Hunt
By Joanna Shupe
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: March 9, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Fifth Avenue Rebels #1
Links: Amazon Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 2.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

This is a tough review for me to write as I really love Joanna Shupe’s books, but I did not enjoy this one. 

Pitched as the Bachelor in the Gilded Age Newport, I thought this would be right up my alley as there tends to be a lot of heart aches and feelings in books of this type. As I was reading, though, I’d say this book is only very loosely Bachelor related. The story follows Harrison Archer, the black sheep of his family, who has returned back to New York from Paris after he was disinherited 3 years ago. Having amassed a fortune while he was away, he returns home to destroy his family, who are now broke and need him to marry an heiress to restore the family finances. When he finds his childhood friend who he was in love with, Maddie Webster, is still unmarried he decides to play along with his family’s scheme. Harrison asks Maddie to host a party in Newport to bring together all the eligible heiresses, though he only intends to win over one – Maddie. 

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Review: The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath

The Scoundrel in Her Bed
By Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Series or Standalone: Sins for All Seasons #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars


MY REVIEW:

I really wanted to like this one more than I did, but a lot of parts fell a bit flat. For me, the story didn’t do enough to build up Finn and Lavinia’s romance. While we get a lot of flashbacks in the beginning to their romance when they were younger, their wasn’t enough attention focused on rebuilding that in the present day. They both went through some real trials during the time they were apart and it felt like their acceptance of what happened and coming back together happened way too quickly. I also felt like the connection was weaker when they reconnected again years late. I think I wanted there to be more work to their relationship before they jumped back into bed together.

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Review: When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath

When a Duke Loves a Woman
By Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Release: August 21, 2018
Series or Standalone: Sins for All Seasons #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars




MY REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this second installment in this series! Gillie was a really interesting character in the first book (from the little we saw of her) – a female tavern owner who is fiercely independent. I knew she’d be a great lead in this book. And yes while she’s independent, it does seem like she isolated herself from others as a form of protection. I was worried this would cause major issues later down the line as the relationship between Gillie and Thorne progressed, but it didn’t as Gillie realized letting someone in could fill a need.

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