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!

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