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- Publisher: Monarchal Glenn Press (July 17, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CGXBSZG
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1) Dance With Me At Midnight by Samantha Holt: To me this was a different take on the beloved Cinderella tale we all grew up with. But instead of evil stepsisters there are a pair of spoiled, bratty stepbrother twins and the mice in the original tale were replaced by a number of rescued animals including a parrot with a questionable vocabulary , a sheep that lives to chase and headbutt unsuspecting members of the household and more that help bring our couple together. It was only a slight drawing on the Cinderella story so don't dismiss this book because you think all you're getting is another cliched fairy tale. That is not what this book is. It is so much more than that. There is humor, an actual near death drama for one of the central characters and of course true love. The main characters were well developed and even the secondary characters were given depth.
I only found two issues with this book and they were fairly minor. In one scene the H is out riding and his gelding is referred to as "she". A gelding is Not a female horse. I would have thought this was just a typo, but in the next sentence the horse is once again referred to as "she". Like I said, a minor detail but it briefly took me out of the flow of the book. The second issue occurred in chapter 10, where the H's valet's name suddenly changed from "Jackson" to "Gus". Then in the next chapter he was back to being referred to as "Jackson". Those were the only obvious issues I found.
My overall rating: 4 1/2*
2) Stealing the Rogue's Heart by Erica Monroe: This was really an interesting book to me because the H and h were somewhat like Romeo and Juliet only in 1800's London and the feuding families were rival gangs. Now, if you are like me, I have never really given much thought to there being gangs back in the 1800's. Of course most HR's have the requisite evil villain or two, but not much more than that, right? Ms. Monroe has given us an insight into the lives of those in the different levels of the poverty stricken areas of London and the hierarchy involved even down to the gang insignia tattoo. Truly an inspiring story about the sheltered sister of a gang leader (the h) and a member of the major rival gang (the H), who is trying desperately to do good and get out of the gang life he's trapped in. At first I wasn't sure what to think of this book and I have to admit it took a little while for me to realize that I really liked it a lot. Not just because of the twist that enabled the H and h to have their HEA, but because of the correlation to our world today.
My overall rating: 4 3/4*
3) For the Love of a Widow by Christina McKnight: This was another book that surprised me by its depth and the author's ability to bring to the forefront a subject not many have ever thought of, and that is the mental toll exacted on the women who followed their husbands to war and actually lived with them on the front lines. They not only served as cooks and seamstresses but had to help with the gravelly injured soldiers as well. PTSD as experienced by one woman who survived when her husband did not.
So, this is about PTSD as experienced by one woman who survived when her husband did not then trying to deal with her grief, survivor's guilt, PTSD, living again with her parents and interacting with the ton who have no idea what or desire to know what she went through.
Then there is the H who is given a second chance to prove to the h that he is not the same man she had once loved but who had turned into a debauched rake (due to his own feelings after the death of his father) that consequently shut her out and whom she could no longer understand. All that led her to meet, fall in love with and marry a soldier whom she then followed into war.
This is a complex story about a failure to communicate, grief, survivor's guilt, PTSD, self forgiveness, redemption and second chances all with compassion, true love and a HEA set during England's war with Napolean. The author did such a good job with all of those subjects that even though I could feel all the emotions of both the h and H, the book was not at all depressing. It was more thoughtful and once again seems to correlate to our world today.
My overall rating: 5*
4) Stolen By My Knave by Dawn Brower: If you like Time Travel Romance, you are going to love this book. No deep philosophical self introspection or other thought provoking subjects in this book. Just a true love and HEA romance that will make you smile and feel good when you reach the end. I have to admit I hadn't read any of the prior books in this series before reading this one, (something I am already rectifying), but that was not necessary to enjoy this book since there was enough of a backstory provided I didn't feel I was missing anything and the story line flowed well. A good light hearted book with a feisty heroine and a truly swoon worthy hero.
My overall rating 4 1/2*
5) Taming the Savage Gentleman by Tammy Andresen: This is the only book that I had read/purchased prior to it being included in this set. The H is a second son of a second son of a duke. So, though he has the bloodline and the appropriate connections, he does not have a title or a prestigious position within the family shipbuilding and shipping business. The h is a Baroness in her own right, the title passing to her by birth since it is not one restricted to only the male members of her family. The H is the first mate on one of the family's ships the Baroness and her mother, along with the spoiled unscrupulous Earl the h is considering marrying, are passengers on. Needless to say, there is an immediate attraction between the H and h. That is followed by a shipwreck, a mutiny, the spoiled Earl's true nature being exposed, a kidnapping, a resolution to the H's feelings of self worth and just where within the family business he finds he fits perfectly and of course a HEA. I have read this whole series and have enjoyed every one of them. Even the questionably misguided earl featured in this book who gets his own HEA in the next book in this series.
My overall rating: 4 3/4*
6) Scandalous Wallflower by Amanda Mariel: This was the shortest book in this set. Therefore, I didn't get the feel of as much character depth and growth within the story line.
The h has been determined to be a wallflower by society since she is somewhat quiet, a little on the short side and a bit curvier than all the other young women currently considered ideal. She is attending a house party with her brother and his wife (her parents having already passed away), when the H mistakes her room for the room of a widow he had intended to have a dalliance with. Needless to say, even though nothing actually occurs (the H being drunk and having passed out right after climbing into her bed), they are discovered by her brother and his wife and a nosy gossipy member of the ton. She is now considered compromised and an immediate marriage ensues. The rest of the book is about them getting to know each other and adjusting to the nessescity of their marriage and the feelings of a lack of self worth and not deserving to be loved on both their parts to reaching their HEA. A nice read with light angst and a good but somewhat rushed resolution (probably due to the length of book).
My overall rating: 4*
I highly recommend this boxed set!! My rating of entire collection is a full 5*
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Dance With Me At Midnight by Samantha Holt.
Since her mother's death, Lady Eloise Cinclair💃💋 has run the household for her stern stepfather, Viscount Tremaine. At his request, she has planned a ball for Lord Charles Edwards🐺🍆🌋, the new Earl of Marlton. He will be staying with them, and her father drills it into her that she MUST get him to like her. He wants Eloise👰 married to him.
Parts of the book are silly slapstick type moments involving Eloise's two step brothers playing rude tricks on her and her various rescue animals getting loose. I didn't care much for these parts of the book. They seemed contrived.
Stealing The Rogue's Heart by Erica Monroe
Mina's brother is a London crime lord. Her brother's wealth and protective nature keeps her locked up in his townhouse most of the time, but tonight she is out and sitting on a barstool at the Three Boars 🍺public house.
Charlie Thatcher🐺🍆🌋 is a bartender there, and he also belongs to the Chapman Street Thieves, a rival gang to Mina's brother's gang, the 👑Kings. Nina and Charlie have been childhood sweethearts💑 forever.
Ok.....so this is a story of forbidden love.
For The Love Of Widow by Christina McKnight
Vanquishing The Sorrow. A Second Chance Love.
Daniel🐺🍆🌋, a Duke, is betrothed to Lettie💃💋, the daughter of a duchess. Daniel🐺🍆🌋 is a wastrel in his younger years, and Lettie💃💋 is so disappointed in him she breaks the betrothal and marries a soldier. Six years later, he is lost in the Napoleon War.
Lettie💃 returns to London, a penniless widow, but Daniel🐺🍆🌋 is there to collect her from the stagecoach. But, they are strangers now. He is no longer the womanizing Rake and drunkard. She is no longer the impetuous young daughter of a duchess, she is a broken hearted💔, sad woman.
Loved this book!
Taming A Savage Gentleman by Tammy Andresen
The Second Son of a Second Son.
Tom Maddox🐺🍆🌋 is the first mate on a cargo ship and second son of Lord Maddox, the owner of a successful ship building company. He agrees to take three passengers to Scotland, Lady Flora Ellington💃💋, the Baroness Segrave, and her dowager mother, and the Earl of Loudoun, a drunken lout. He wants to marry Flora👰.
When the ship is damaged on rocks, they must go ashore and Flora💃💋 and Tom🐺🍆🌋 really get to know each other.
Loved this interesting and well written book! 💘Love will find a way!
Stolen By My Knave by Dawn Brower
This is a time travel romance.
Scandalous Wallflower by Amanda Mariel
Lady Jane Shillington💃💋 does the nasty with Lord Caleb🐺🍆🌋, the Marquess of Keery. It's all a mistake because the scoundrel Caleb🐺🍆🌋 went into the wrong room that night. But her brother discovers them in the morning, and Caleb🐺🍆🌋 is bound to marry Jane👰, even though they don't know each other!
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