Friday, April 28, 2017

Book Blitz: Historical Romances from Lyrical Press

Title: Foolish Bride
Author: A.S. Fenichel
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Forever Brides Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Lyrical Press
SynopsisSadly ever after . . . unless some dreams really do come true?

Elinor Burkenstock never believed in fairy tales. Sure, she’s always been a fool for love—what woman isn’t? But Elinor knows the difference between fiction and truth. Daydreams and reality. True love and false promises. . . . Until the unthinkable happens, and Elinor’s engagement is suddenly terminated and no one, least of all her fiancĂ©, will tell her why.

Sir Michael Rollins’s war-hero days seem far behind him when, after one last hurrah before his wedding, he gets shot and his injuries leave him in dire shape. He wants nothing more than to marry Elinor, the woman of his wildest dreams. But Elinor’s father forbids it . . . and soon Michael is faced with a desperate choice: Spare Elinor a life with a broken man or risk everything to win her heart—until death do they part?

Title: Knight Secrets
Author: C.C. Wiley
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Knights of the Swan Series (Book One)
Publisher: Lyrical Press
SynopsisSworn to protect the crown, a Knight of the Swan must never surrender—not even to love . . .

England, 1415. Ordered never to leave the lonely tower on her family estate, Lady Clarice Margrave is suddenly set free when her home is plundered. Now she is determined to discover the truth behind her father’s alleged treason. But an act of daring only propels her into a new prison, with the very knight who destroyed her home as her keeper. Sir Ranulf, Lord of Sedgewic, is ruthless in his inquisition, though there is a searing tenderness in his touch. Is it possible her bold jailor is the Red Wolf of whom her father spoke—and the one man she might be able to trust?

As a knight, Ranulf never questions his troth, but his beautiful prisoner stirs his heart and mind like no other. Clarice is achingly vulnerable—and extremely closed-mouth about her possible ties to the plot against the king. Duty demands he keep his distance, though he yearns to take her to his bed and adore her until he discovers what lies within her heart. And he would—if he weren’t in danger of losing his own...

Knight Secrets

His skin itched, recalling the feel of her curvaceous hips as he dropped her into the bed. Memories of hidden shapes, hips, and but- tocks flashed before him. Ranulf squinted at the maiden. Correction: make that woman, you fool.

His blood sizzled with the memories of accidentally brushing against curves that should not be on one fresh from the nursery.

Thanks to the pressure in his breeches, he rose on unsteady legs. “I—ah—believe you will have to tend to the binding after all.” He moved from the bed and brushed against a tattered piece of embroi- dery. Picking it up, he smoothed out the stiffened fabric, bloodied from the wound it had staunched earlier. The bits of thread formed a design he had seen before. What were they?

Frowning, he tucked the discarded bit of satin under his belt and turned for the door. “I’ll have Erwina return with a bite of food for you.”

“Wait!” she pleaded. “You . . . you cannot mean to keep me here.”

Ranulf stopped, his hand resting on the latch. Unwilling to let go of the door, he looked over his shoulder.

In her effort to sit up, the fur had slipped to reveal the gentle slope of creamy skin. ’Twas all he could do to keep from returning to her side and press a kiss to the nape of her neck. His resolve firmly in place, he looked closely at his captive. He could not ignore the truth. No longer was the patient a mere innocent. This woman, lying so invitingly in his bed, played a game of deception. And uncovering deception was what he did best.

C.C. Wiley is a longstanding member of the Romance Writers of America, and a published author with Samhain Publishing. She lives in Salt Lake City with her high school sweetheart of over 35 years and their four wacky dogs. When given a choice, she prefers a yummy, well-written, historical or contemporary romance that is chock-full of hope, love and a Happy Ever After. She believes there are wonderful courageous characters waiting for someone to tell their story. It's her hope that each adventurous romance she writes will touch the reader and carry them away to another place and time, where hopes and dreams abound.

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A.S. Fenichel adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story. Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey. She now lives in the southwest with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When she is not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history and puttering in her garden.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review & Tour: The Highwayman's Proposal by Vanessa Liebe

Why does Lady Godwin find it so hard to obey her highwayman?
Title: The Highwayman's Proposal
Author: Vanessa Liebe
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Erotica
Series: The Blakeney Brother Adventures Series (Book Three)
Publisher: Blushing Books Publications
Format: ebook via Book Unleashed
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisGabriel Blakeney is a man who protects those he loves at all costs. If that means becoming a highwayman to help support the community that raised him, then that’s what he’ll do. Risking his life each night, he robs from the rich to redistribute among the poor. He does it to survive. But what he’d really like is to find a woman of his own to protect and love. Despairing of ever finding her, things change one night when he meets Lady Caroline Godwin. Here is a lady who needs protecting, all right – from herself. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Caroline Godwin is desperate. Her father has lost a fortune at cards and is bed bound after a stroke. Somehow, she must raise the money within a month or lose her home. Worse, she may be forced to marry the despicable Lord Shard – her father’s creditor – to protect the family name and pay the debt. Frantic, Lady Caroline remembers being held up a few weeks ago. She makes the audacious decision to rob the handsome highwayman. But Caroline gets far more than she bargained for. 

With card sharps, traitors, and the militia to worry about, Gabriel and Caroline find danger ever present. He is determined to keep her safe throughout, no matter what it takes! 

Don't miss the first two books in The Blakeney Brother Adventure series.

Series: The Blakeney Brother Adventures, Book 1

Synopsis: When Elizabeth and William are together passions ignite, sparks fly, and danger lurks around every corner. Can they avoid the cruel preventative officer hot on their heels? Will they finally find the happiness that has so long eluded them both?

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Series: The Blakeney Brother Adventures, Book 2

Synopsis: Cameron Blakeney is a spy for the Crown. When he's tasked to observe two French spies in Portsmouth, he hopes to use the opportunity to locate his youngest brother, too. What he's not expecting is to be working with a co-agent in the form of the lovely, undisciplined Lady Arabella.

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Vanessa Liebe is the author of fun, sexy erotic romance and erotica, both contemporary and historical. She mostly writes in the Fantasy and Paranormal categories as she likes a man with bite.

Vanessa is married with three children and resides in Hampshire, South East England. When not house training her children, reading or writing, she likes to sit in the garden with a glass of rose wine.

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It's historical romance with a side of sore bottom...

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Gabe is a highwayman, robbing from the rich to give to the poor people in his village. It's how he's been able to give back to those who took him in as a child. He only steals from people who can afford to lose some jewelry and useless baubles and he's careful not to get caught. That is, until he comes across a lady with a sassy mouth and nothing to offer him other than a kiss.

Caroline's first kiss sure was memorable. That's probably because it happened while she was being robbed, with a handsome highwayman, and while her lady's maid was passed out in the seat across from her. Caroline is unable to get the man out of her mind and when her family becomes desperate to come up with a small fortune to pay in gambling debts, she knows exactly where to turn. To the man who steals more than just jewels.

But even though Caroline is smart in her pursuit, robbing the robber of his score, she can't conceal herself enough. Gabe knows she's the same maiden he kissed and soon he's coming to her aid. He offers to help her get the money so she can avoid an unsavory marriage to a vile man. However, Caroline isn't exactly the docile type. And when she disobeys Gabe, there is a price to pay. The sort that leaves her rear red for days.

I can honestly say that this is the very first historical romance I've read with spanking involved. I knew when I saw Vanessa Liebe's name attached that there was a good chance this story would venture into pink-bottom territory. And Caroline was definitely a young lady who had trouble obeying, even though she knew the price she'd pay.

The plot was easy to follow and there were a few action scenes but nothing gruesome. There is also a subplot about Gabe's history that is slowly explored throughout. And the scum lord who preys on Caroline is a good bad guy. I was definitely rooting for him to get what he deserved. There were a few twists that I didn't see coming, too.

The book moves steadily along and I read the entire thing in just a few hours. I thoroughly enjoyed Caroline and Gabe's characters and their relationship as it developed from a highwayman duo to a pair of lovers. The love scenes were plenty steamy and spanking was really the only kink featured that you wouldn't find in any other historical romance. I highly recommend this one if you want a quick read with a little something naughty on the side.

In closing... 
This is the first historical romance I've read by this author but it won't be my last! Four suns!

Release Blitz: Royal Player by Katie McCoy

Title: Royal Player
Author: Katie McCoy
Genre/Age: Romantic Comedy/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Katie McCoy Books
SynopsisCharlie Davenport is the bad boy of British tennis - and third in line to the throne. He’s a beast on the courts, and a wild animal in bed (according to all the tabloids). Girls are lining up for chance at his crown jewels, and when I stumble into the wrong Wimbledon dressing room and catch a glimpse of his game, set, AND match, I can see why.

So what’s a little good luck kiss between f̶r̶i̶e̶n̶d̶s̶ strangers? 

I know better than to get involved with a bad boy like Charlie. But now he’s on a winning streak, he thinks I’m his lucky charm - and you know what’s luckier than a kiss?


Suddenly, I've got paparazzi on my trail, exes coming out of the woodwork — and you don’t know ‘cutthroat’ until you’ve seen a pack of hungry socialites set loose near the Royal Family.

I’m in way over my head, and even worse - I’m falling in love. Can this American girl win her Prince Charming? Or will we both crash out of the championships in flames? 

Wimbledon-meets-The Prince and Me in this hilarious, sexy new romance from Katie McCoy!

Katie McCoy is a self-proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St. Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn't writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.


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