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Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston *a review*

Diary of an Accidental Wallflower (Seduction Diaries, #1)Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston

Seduction Diaries book 1


February 24, 2015

The first irresistible installment in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series proves that some secrets are too delicious to hide.

Pretty and popular, Miss Clare Westmore knows exactly what (or rather, who) she wants: the next Duke of Harrington. But when she twists her ankle on the eve of the Season’s most touted event, Clare is left standing in the wallflower line watching her best friend dance away with her duke.

Dr. Daniel Merial is tempted to deliver more than a diagnosis to London’s most unlikely wallflower, but he doesn’t have time for distractions, even one so delectable. Besides, she’s clearly got her sights on more promising prey. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

All Clare wants to do is return to the dance floor. But as her former friends try to knock her permanently out of place, she realizes with horror she is falling for her doctor instead of her duke. When her ankle finally heals and she faces her old life again, will she throw herself back into the game?

Or will her time in the wallflower line have given her a glimpse of who she was really meant to be?

My Thoughts

*I received this book from Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. *

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DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WALLFLOWER by Jennifer McQuiston is book one in the Seduction Diaries series. I have to say I wasn’t sure what to expect. The story is quick,but at times I wanted things to move along faster. This is a different take on a wallflower, because Clare doesn’t start out as a wallflower but does find out what it’s like to be one. Fans of historical romance will likely enjoy DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WALLFLOWER. The characters are well written and enjoyable. I especially loved Daniel, he’s not your average hero in a historical romance which makes him a wonderful treat. The romance between Clare and Daniel is believable and will make you smile. I did enjoy this one and look forward to reading the next book. A wonderful setting and story for any historical fan.


Heat: Mild

Reviewed by WendyK


LOVE IN A DANGEROUS SEASON by Gloris Gay…a review

Love In A Dangerous Season: (Regency Romance)Love In A Dangerous Season: by Gloria Gay

Genre: Historical Romance (Recency)

Source: Received for an honest review

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1507574053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1507574058
  • Book Description (From Amazon)
 January 21, 2015

For her insulting behavior toward the Earl of Ashcom, on whom her family depends for subsistence, beautiful Fantine Delmere earns for herself an unwanted London season and is forced to leave her beloved Evergreen and venture into the hard glare of the heartless haute ton she abhors. But Fantine’s arrival in London awakens jealousies and dangerous forces are put into motion…


A sweet Regency Romance! A bit bland at times, the wording a bit confusing at times, but overall an enjoyable read. The H/H were a bit confusing in their attraction to each other… a love-hate relationship. The hero was arrogant and somewhat demanding. The heroine, bidable, easily led toward danger, well…an innocent, in more ways than one. As their love blossoms, danger lurks.
Altogether, not a bad story, but at times, to me at least, it seemed to be missing an important element, not sure what, really. A unique storyline, as the hero’s family had been providing for the heroine’s family for a couple of generations on the hero’s family estate. Than, there is a couple of subplots, the heroine’s brother eloped,and the danger that lurks toward the heroine. Pick up this story and see for yourselves, it is an enjoyable read. While, I feel is was a satisfying read, it liked something though. I think the characters needed more depth, maybe. They seemed a bit shadow, to me. There is danger, suspense, mystery, as well as romance. The plot was unique and intriguing. Overall, an enjoyable read.

*Received for an honest review*

Rating: 3
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: April R, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

MASTERING THE MARSHALL by Marie-Nicole Ryan…a review



Genre: Historical Western Romance

Series: Loving the Lawman #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher through Net Galley

Product Details

  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (August 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description (From Amazon)

 August 26, 2014
***Loving the Lawman, book 3***

Is she a dead ringer…or a dead woman walking?

When U.S. Deputy Marshal Sam Dunaway arrives in Kenton Valley, Texas, for a murder trial, the last thing he expects is to run into his late wife Celine. The one who supposedly died in a boarding house fire shortly after she ran off with his life savings.

Despite her Plain Jane disguise, Sam isn’t fooled. As soon as his business with the trial is finished, the woman who broke his heart will pay.

Three years ago, Celine had good reason to use Sam’s money to go into hiding–and it’s a secret she must still keep, even if it means certain arrest and imprisonment. Because coming clean risks crushing rejection.
In spite of themselves, the embers of love roar into a passionate inferno, leaving Sam with a hell of a choice. To stick to his principles…or follow his heart.Warning: This story contains a woman with a sewing basket full of secrets, and a highly pissed-off U.S. Marshal who wants her dead or alive–though alive is better. Just sayin’.

MASTERING THE MARSHALL by Marie-Nicole Ryan is an interesting and intriguing Western Historical Romance. #3 in the “Loving the Lawman”, but can be read as a stand. This is my first time reading this author, and I thoughly enjoyed this story. Well written, with endearing and engaging characters. The storyline was unique, the plot well thought out and executed, with a well blended amount of romance, suspense,passion, secrets, and love. A joy to read and one, I strongly recommend! An enjoyable and satisfying read.  I enjoyed how the H/H learned to compromise, to keep their love alive, even though lies, deceit, danger and their very survival. I look forward to the Lawman’s next grand adventure.  Well done!
*Received for an honest review from the publisher through Net Galley*
Rating: 4
Heat rating: Hot
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

WEB OF DECEIT by Susan Sleeman…a review

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  • Genre: Suspense/Thriller/Romance
  • Series:Agents Under Fire
  • Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (March 5, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SNH059I

Book Description (From Amazon)

 March 5, 2015

Will he help find her sister’s killer . . . or lead the killer to her door?

When FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight discovers her brother-in-law is Vyper—the notorious cyber-criminal and murderer wanted by the FBI—Kait doesn’t question her duty to arrest him. But when he murders her sister in front of her, leaving her infant niece motherless, Kait vows to hunt him down and bring him to justice while raising the baby.

Three years later, and not even a whisper of a lead in her search, Kait is about to give up hope of ever finding Vyper. All of that changes when he goes on a murderous spree taunting Kait with clues that she and homicide detective Sam Murdock must solve before her devious brother-in-law takes another life.

As the body count rises, Sam discovers the killing spree is really about striking back at Kait. He must put everything on the line—including the relationship he’s developed with Kait—to ensure her safety. The killer is waiting, watching her every move—and he won’t stop until he’s exacted his revenge and reclaims his rights to raise his daughter.


Susan Sleeman is a best-selling author of clean read and inspirational romantic suspense books. Awards include Thread of Suspicion, 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award, and No Way Out and The Christmas Witness, Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence finalists. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website She currently lives in Oregon with her husband, but has lived in nine states. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.

WEB OF DECEIT by Susan Sleeman is a thrilling Suspense/Thriller/Romance. An AGENTS UNDER FIRE story. Fast paced tale of danger, suspense, a serial killer, internet fraud, murder, justice, family deceit, with a bit of romance and lots of thrilling, intense drama. Very dramatic, emotional and compelling tale from the first page to the last page. Well written with interesting, endearing characters and a very intense storyline. Hold on to your heart, for it is in real danger in this one, literally. If you enjoy Lynette Eaton, or Cynthia Eden’s Romantic Suspense than you will enjoy WEB OF DECEIT. A clean romantic suspense. Well done. This was my first read by this author but it will not be my last.
*Received for an honest review from the publisher through Net Galley*
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

HEART OF FIREby Mary Lennox…a review



Genre: Paranormal/ Historical Romance/Fantasy

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher through Net Galley

  • Product Details

    • Paperback: 312 pages
    • Publisher: ImaJinn Books (February 15, 2003)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1893896919
    • ISBN-13: 978-1893896918

    (From Amazon)

Book Description

 April 2, 2011

King Nicholas Rostov vows to protect his beloved country from both Napoleon’s troops and the Brotherhood, a band of terrorists threatening his borders. When the mysterious slave, Sera, saves him from an assassination attempt, Nicholas brings her home with him, ostensibly to protect her.

Little does Nicholas know that Sera is a princess in disguise. On the run from Anatole Galerien, who is determined to kill her, she is on a desperate quest to retrieve the stolen Heart of Fire, the magnificent ruby that hides her magical kingdom from the outside world. Now, a pampered prisoner in Nicholas’s castle, Sera feels her magical powers growing at an alarming rate. Without her grandfather’s help, she must learn to understand and control them before she shakes the very foundations of Nicholas’s castle.

In this frightening land of strangers, war looms and danger lurks everywhere. As Sera struggles to keep her secrets, find the ruby, and master the magic inside her, she instinctively turns to the compelling captor who overwhelms her with his strength and confounds her with his comfort.

But what good can come from loving an outlander when her very survival depends upon her fleeing this brutal world and returning home?

Mary Lennox grew up dreaming of places where magic and happy endings co-existed. She woke up long enough to leave graduate school, marry an irreverent lawyer, and tour the world. Nothing could have prepared her for the medieval beauty of Europe’s cathedrals, the grimness and glory of Russia, the exotic mysteries of India. Now back to dreaming full time, Mary spends her days creating worlds where magic and human endeavor vanquish evil and a happy ending is guaranteed.


An intriguing Fantasy Romance with memorable characters and a magical, mystical storyline. Fast paced. Well crafted with a strong, mystical  romance and with historical world building. HEART OF FIRE will have you guessing who, what and why in this magical tale of love, magic, responsibility, mystical heritage and passion. Oh, yes, I almost forgot  betrayal and danger amidst love, sacrifice and romance. Well blended mixture of romance with magic and passion. Enjoyable and satisfying.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher through Net Galley *

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


 The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress (The Dukes of War #2)

The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress by Erica Ridley

Genre: Historical Romance ( Recency)

Series: The Dukes of War #2

Source: Received for an honest review via Net Galley

  • Series: Dukes of War
  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Intrepid Reads (January 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939713315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939713315

Book Description (From Amazon)

 March 2, 2015
Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he doesn’t deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed…

Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?

Regency-set Historical Romance Novel

Enjoy the emotional, laugh-out-loud second book in USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley’s new Dukes of War regency romance series!

The Dukes of War historical romance books in series order:

  • The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation (#0.5)
  • The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower (#1)
  • The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress (#2)

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#2 in “The Dukes of War” series, but can be read as a stand alone. An interesting Recency Historical Romance set on 1816 England. See, the prequel, “The Viscount’ Christmas Temptation”(a novella) and “The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower”, you will not be disappointed.

A true romance from beginning to the last page. It was easy to connect with the H/H. A spinister Bluestocking and an ex-soldier. Both disillusioned with life and it’s expectations, finally find their HEA. Dramatic and an effective romantic read. Well written tale of finding true love, healing, passion, and romance. Oh, yes, and a demon of a goat, you have this incredible story to find more on this demonic goat. LOL. A satisfying and very enjoyable read. A quick read to me, kept me turning pages.

*Received for an honest review from the author via Net Galley*

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: April R,courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

LACHLAN’S REVENGE by R. L. Syme… a review

Lachlan's Revenge (The Highland Renegades Book 4)Lachlan’s Revenge by R.L. Syme

Genre: Historical Romance(Medieval Scottish)

Series: The Highland Renegades #4

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher through Net Galley

  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TKM8D26

(From Amazon)

 February 12, 2015

They took his family, they took his freedom… but he’s back to reclaim it all…

Lachlan MacLeod survived an English dungeon. He held his own under torture and brutality. He survived the death of his wife and alienation from his family. He managed to take back his ancestral home and restore his son’s inheritance. But the English threat has never truly abated. According to his nephew, invasion is immanent. Tired of being subject to the whims of the English, Lachlan will take control of his own destiny. By any means necessary.

Lady Evangeline, daughter of an invading English earl, has been raised to privilege and the expectation of an advantageous foreign marriage. She is as eager to escape her father’s machinations as Lachlan is eager to kidnap her, though the wilds of the Scottish Highlands could be a tad more welcoming.The secret she holds could have deadly consequences–not only for Lachlan, but for his entire clan, not to mention the proud English lady and her retinue. But this is one secret she cannot wait to spill…


A sweet Medieval Romance. Filled with deceit, betrayal, lies, and romance, which lead to a revenge of it’s own and HEA. The ending was a complete surprise to me, but well worth the angst brought on by a family member’s betrayal. You have to fall in love with the H/H, the angst from their past and the passion sweet passion they in each other’s arms. An absolute delight to read. I read it in one setting. Couldn’t put it down, needed to know and understand what happened wit the H/H. An satisfying and enjoyable romance. Sweet, and the final book in this amazing series, by this talented author. Thank you!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher through Net Galley*

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

AN OATH TAKEN by Diana Cosby…review



Genre: Historical Romance(Scottish Medieval)

Series: The Oath Trilogy #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.


  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington eBook (December 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English


Book Description*From Amazon*

December 8, 2014
As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish border and gaining the trust of the locals—one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. Instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire. Little does he know the thieving young lad is really…a lady.

Lady Elizabet Armstrong had donned a disguise in an attempt to free her brother from Ravenmoor’s dungeons. Although intimidated by the confident Englishman with his well-honed muscles and beguiling eyes, she cannot refuse his offer.

Nicholas senses that his new squire is not what he seems. His gentle attempts to break through the boy’s defenses leave Elizabet powerless to stem the desire that engulfs her. And when the truth is exposed, she’ll have to trust in Nicholas’s honor to help her people—and to surrender to his touch…

A brilliantly written Scottish Romance. Fast paced and filled with passion, suspense, betrayal and romance.
This is a new series and it promises to be an amazing series!
The characters will capture your heart. It is well written with intrigue, passion and weaves an awesome romance. I loved the hero/heroine and the secondary characters help to carry the story.
Ms. Cosby is a talented Scottish romance storyteller, whose stories hold the reader in awe. A wickedly delicious Scottish Romance! Well done, Ms. Cosby! Can’t wait for the next installment of this series.

* Received for an honest review from the publisher though Net Galley *

Rating : 4.5
Heat rating : Hot
Reviewed by : AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More





Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: HQN

Source: Received for an honest review from Net Galley and the publisher.


  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (January 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373778902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373778904


*From Amazon*

From powerful love to sizzling passion, Julia London always delivers an incomparable Regency reading experience. Returning to her acclaimed Cabot Stepsisters series, we meet an earl who can only be tamed by one wicked lady…

A plan born of desperation…

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace’s wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.

…and altered by passion.

Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Jeffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace’s temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can’t resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Jeffrey might just see it as a new beginning.


THE FALL OF LADY GRACE by Julia London is a wonderful Historical Romance. A fast paced tale of finding love, scandal, passion, secrets, and finding love after the lies, and secrets.

When Jeffrey and Grace are caught in a compromising situation, yes, marriage is next. Grace was actually caught at the wrong time with the wrong man.

Loved the way Ms. London, cast flawed characters and made them realistic, enduring and passionate. Jeffrey is ruled by his duty, and routine. Grace is a free spirit, that upsets his routine in more ways than one. A welcome change, with characters who are engaging. A sizzling hot Regency that will have you turning pages and fanning. I can’t wait for the next in the Cabot step-sisters. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Hot

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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