HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries

The Bachelor (Duke Dynasty, #2)

Title // Naslov: The Bachelor

Author // Avtorica: Sabrina Jeffries

Release Date // Datum izdaje: February 25th 2020 (25. februar 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Lady Gwyn Drake has long protected her family’s reputation by hiding an imprudent affair from her youth. But when her former suitor appears at Armitage Hall, manhandling the heiress and threatening to go public with her secrets, it’s Gwyn who needs protecting. Her twin brother, Thorn, hires Joshua Wolfe, the estate’s gamekeeper, to keep her safe in London during her debut. As a war hero, Joshua feels obligated to fulfill the assignment he has accepted. But as a man, it’s torment to be so very close to the beauty he’s fought to ignore . . .

With handsome Joshua monitoring her every move, Gwyn would prefer to forget both the past and the parade of money-seeking bachelors at her coming out. But Joshua is unmoved by her attempts at flirtation, and the threat of blackmail still hangs over her. With danger closing in, Gwyn must decide which is the greater risk: deflecting a scoundrel’s attempts to sabotage her–or revealing her whole heart to the rugged bodyguard she can’t resist . . .

 

My thoughts:

Oh, boy, where to start…

I read books by Jeffries before but none of them got me so confused as this one.  Even though we get a family tree at the beginning this book is for me all over the place. This is my first book of this series and from the beginning, I didn’t know what to think.

First things first, if I got this right, the heroine’s mom married three times, once even with the hero’s father. So, she’s his stepsister but not blood-related. Hero’s sister is married to heroine’s stepbrother so again, they are relatives but not blood-related. See? I know there’s no incest but I just got so confused with all of them marrying each other and there were so many names that I just couldn’t follow along.

The hero is such a bae, really. I have nothing against Joshua. He has a lame leg because he was hurt in the war and thinks himself unworthy of Gwyn but does and says all those nice things to her…*sigh* 

Gwyn on the other hand…for a girl such age she is so whiny and naive words can’t describe. She wants Joshua but lies to him from the beginning and when I had hoped she will tell him the truth about her past what did she do? Oh, she told him, alright, she just didn’t tell him all. They could’ve been a couple waaay sooner if they just communicated better.

There were just so many things that could have been improved. With all those relations, secrets and lying I just didn’t feel connected to the MCs. I didn’t feel any passion between them because other things needed my attention so their relationship really wasn’t anything special and wasn’t even in the spotlight.

3 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

Kiss of a Duke by Erica Ridley

Title // Naslov: Kiss of a Duke

Author // Avtorica: Erica Ridley

Release Date // Datum izdaje: November 6th 2018 (6. november 2018)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Lady chemist Penelope Mitchell took England by storm with Duke, a perfume for men that has women swooning at their feet. To prove the same aphrodisiacal potency of her upcoming version for ladies, the new perfume must cause a rake to fall in love with her in ten days. And she has just the man in mind…

Sexy pleasure-seeker Nicholas Pringle—known as “Saint Nick” for his wicked ways—wants to end the absurd cologne that has every young buck believing himself a ladies’ man. How hard can it be to charm a spinster into changing her mind? But when Penelope does the charming, this rakish scoundrel must decide between losing the war… or losing his heart.

 

My thoughts:

Oh, this book was so much better than the previous one!

I love how the pages turn basically themselves, I was so engrossed in the story, I couldn’t stop reading!

Nick came into the village to stop the spreading and produce of the cologne named Duke. He’s immediately smitten by the lovely chemist and can’t stop visiting her. Penelope wants to test the new cologne before it hits the market and what better than to test it on Nicholas?

Such a charming story that for a moment, I forgot this all happens in the village called Christmas! (where they celebrate Christmas all year long according to the first book)

I was very much relieved this book wasn’t so story focused on Christmas as book one. If you need a great, fast read that will make you swoon, I recommend this one!

4.5 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

To Tame a Scandalous Lady by Liana De la Rosa

To Tame a Scandalous Lady

Title // Naslov: To Tame a Scandalous Lady

Author // Avtorica: Liana De la Rosa

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 21st 2019 (21. oktober 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

In the wake of a fire that decimates his racing stock, Christian Andrews, the Marquess of Amstead, struggles to keep his family’s stud farm from slipping into ruin and painstakingly rebuilds the program. When one of his prime stallions is injured, he notices his new assistant trainer has a special way with the horses. As talented as the trainer is, once he realizes he is a she…and a very beautiful, spirited she at that…he should sack her before scandal breaks. But it’s only weeks before the high stakes race he’s counting on to build back his fortune, and Flora should be by his side for the win.

Miserable under the weight of the ton’s expectations, headstrong Lady Flora Campbell laments her privileged life in London. Embracing her dream of working with racehorses, she disguises herself as a lad and slips away to learn as much as she can from England’s premiere expert, Christian Andrews, never thinking of the scandal she courts but the glory to be had.

Although she develops a tendre for the dashing marquess, she can never let on that she’s not only a woman, but the daughter of a duke…

 

My thoughts:

Okay, first fo all, this was a new to me historical author so I didn’t know what to expect.

Flora is a duke’s daughter who loves horses. She loves horses but her status means she isn’t really in a position to work with them so to learn more about that she applies for a job in Amstead’s stables. Disguised as a man she gets to know the trainings, the horses and also their owner, Christian.

Christian wants to rebuild the stables’ glory by winning the race with one of his prized horses. He wants to bring investors to the stables so the scandal is the last thing he needs. When he realizes one of the trainers is actually a woman, his perspective about everything changes.

Flora wants to be equal in any relationship so for Christian to think of her as a lady, a delicate lady who belongs at the balls is unacceptable. What follows is a battle of wills, a friendship but also a forbidden relationship. Flora’s full identity is for him still a mystery.

One thing I noticed is that the way Christian found out Flora is actually a woman is very similar to the book I have read on Wattpad that was also a historical romance novel and where a woman also disguised as a man.

That was the only similarity to that book, by the way.

I was surprised how quickly he discovered but at the same time I loved that their relationship first began as boss-trainer than to woman-man, friends and at last lovers. I also couldn’t believe Christian never noticed that under all those clothes, with her feminine figure, voice, hair, is hidden a woman.

While I love the story and how well written it was, my issues with this book is that it put too much focus on training and horses and not their relationship. I mean, I felt like they didn’t really have any relationship up until 50 %. I wish it put more focus on the romance part.

I have still many questions about Flora, mainly about her past and previous relationship. But since this is a little too spoilerish, I am gonna put my thoughts on Goodreads and you decide if you want to know more about them or not.

4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

Her Wicked Libertine by Lisa Torquay

Her Wicked Libertine

Title // NaslovHer Wicked Libertine

Author // Avtorica: Lisa Torquay

Release Date // Datum izdaje: October 2nd 2019 (2. oktober 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

When a prudish spinster…
Miss Edwina Whitman had a repressively religious education. For her, a woman must endure a gentleman’s attentions. But when she sees herself face to face with a dark angel proposing the most wicked deal, she accepts it for her sister, who deserves a future. But the blasting libertine won’t allow her to think of king and country in his presence. In fact, she forgets even her own name when he touches her.
Meets a shameless libertine…
Harris Darroch is no hero. Not a romantic one in any case. His libertine reputation puts his heroic prowess exclusively in the bedchamber. And he will bed any and every willing woman in sight. But when a prudish lady approaches him to beg the writing off her father’s debt, he sees no reason not to enlist her buttoned up person to his bed for the trouble. Living in close quarters with her is building up a desire the likes of which he’s never seen before. Though wanting him, the little shrew remains aloof. Practicing his ‘convincing’ skills on her will be an utter delight!
Love will lurk in the shadows to catch them!

 

 

My thoughts:

Wow, this book. Just as the last book Her Wicked Earl this one was spicy too! In fact, I think it was even spicier than that one!

Edwina met Harris when she went to propose to him a deal in which she will repay her family’s debt monthly. Harris looked once at her and already decided she will repay him by being his mistress! Of course at first she wanted nothing to do with that. But given no choice, she relents…and oh what a sweet surrender that was.

I love how she stood for herself, how even when they became lovers, she still stood her grounds and how she will always fight him back. Their banters were wickedly hot!

Harris couldn’t believe that he can’t sway her with his wealth or looks so he was hooked with her from the start.

Lisa Torquay is definitely an author you have to start reading. Her books are scorching hot, fast reads and page-turners! A huge thank you to the author for contacting me again on Goodreads and sending me another ARC, I loved it just like the previous one!

5 delicious, spicy stars.

 

ARC provided by an author in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Slovenskim bralcem:

Zaradi povečanega števila ogledov obiskovalcev strani iz tujih držav bom od sedaj naprej revjuje pisala v angleščini. Glede na to, da le redko ”zavije” kakšen Slovenec na mojo stran, trenutno ne čutim potrebe po prevajanju knjižnih kritik v slovenščino. V primeru, da se iz strani bralcev pojavi želja, se bom k temu vrnila. Če kdo ne razume angleško, me lahko kontaktira in mu/ji določen review tudi prevedem. Hvala, ker me berete in upam, da ne bo to koga odvrnilo od spremljanja moje strani! 

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

London’s Late Night Scandal by Anabelle Bryant

London's Late Night Scandal (Midnight Secrets, #3)

Title // Naslov: London’s Late Night Scandal

Author // Avtorica: Anabelle Bryant

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 24th 2019 (24. september 2019)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Chief Officer of the Society for the Intellectually Advanced, Lord Matthew Strathmore, Earl of Whittingham, takes his position very seriously. Not only does it distract him from the painful aftermath of a gunshot wound to the leg, earned most honorably, it is important work. So he feels duty-bound to question esteemed scientist Lord Talbot about a suspect article. Matthew dashes from London to Oxfordshire, despite wretched weather that only exacerbates his injury, reminding him he is far from the dashing gentleman he once was…
 
Theodosia, Lord Talbot’s granddaughter, has inherited his gift for inquiry, enjoying her pursuits safely away from the artifice of London society. But her identity as the true author of Talbot’s article is about to be exposed. And if Matthew expects a dour bluestocking, surprises abound. Not only do Theodosia’s botanical concoctions soothe his leg, he’s clearly attracted by her delicate beauty. But dare she hope for more? It will take an urgent trip to London for both to discover how passion and lasting love can ignite under the cover of darkness…

 

Povzetek iz zadnje strani:

Direktor Družbe za intelektualno napredne, lord Matthew Strathmore, grof Whittinghamski, svoje delo vzame karseda resno. Ne samo, da ga zamoti od boleče rane kot posledice streljanja, ki si jo je zaslužil na pošten način, to je zanj pomembno delo. Tako da se počuti dolžnega, da se prevprašuje o članku,  ki ga je spisal cenjeni lord Talbot. Matthew zbeži iz Londona v Oxfordshire, kljub slabemu vremenu, ki le še poslabša njegovo poškodbo, spominjajoč ga na postavnega džentlemana, ki je včasih bil…

Theodosia, vnukinja lord Talbota, je podedovala njegov dar za raziskovanje in uživa svoje aktivnosti daleč stran od umetne londonske družbe. Toda njena identiteta kot pravi avtor Talbotovega članka je ogrožena. In če Matthew pričakuje mrko izobraženo žensko, ga čaka presenečenje. Ne samo, da Theodosijine botanične spretnosti pomagajo njegovi nogi, je tudi očaran nad njeno lepoto. Toda ali ona lahko upa o kaj več? Potreben bo nujen izlet v London, da bosta oba spoznala strast in ljubezen, ki se lahko prižge v temi…

 

My thoughts:

My first read by this author.

I have to be honest, I was thinking about DNF-ing it most of the time.

I don’t know why is this happening to me for the last couple reads I got from NetGalley but I know for sure why this one didn’t work for me.

While it sounds exactly what I like to read (wounded hero, an intelligent heroine), this book focuses more on her worries over her grandfather than the romance itself.

I got the feeling that the author put quite a research into this story because everything was described into details. Everything.

There were some parts that didn’t intrigue me that much so I just skimmed the sentences.

The romance took around 10 % of the whole book. Maybe less. I like to be connected to the MCs, I like to see their relationship progress.

This book really didn’t suit me at all. I know the author probably took time with this book but it just didn’t work for me.

3 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Moje misli:

Prva knjiga te avtorice.

Realno, sem že premišljevala, da bi jo pustila, ker mi stil pisanja ni bil všeč.

Čeprav obožujem knjige z ranjenim junakom in inteligentno junakinjo, se je ta knjiga bolj fokusirala na skrbi junakinjo za njenega dedka kot na romanco samo. 

Imela sem občutek, da je avtorica se res poglobila v zgodbo, saj je bilo vse opisano v detajlih. Vse.

Bili so tudi deli, ki me niso tako zanimalo, tako da sem samo preletela vrstice.

Romanca je obsegala vsega 10 % cele knjige. Morda manj. Sama se rada počutim povezano z junaki in vidim, kako se njun odnos razvija.

Ta knjiga mi ni ugajala. Vem, da si je avtorica najbrž res vzela čas za njo ampak meni preprosto ni bila všeč.

3 zvezdice.

 

ARC (Knjiga, ki jo bralci v roke dobimo pred njeno izdajo) je bila zagotovljena preko spletne strani NetGalley v zameno za iskreno oceno. Knjigo sem prebrala in ocenila prostovoljno. Vse misli in mnenja so izključno moja.