Review: Dreaming of the Duke

Dreaming of the DukeGenre: Historical Romance

Rating: YAY!

Eva Devon is a new, hilarious voice in historical romance. This book is the quintessential ‘if it can go wrong, it will’.

Let’s start with the players: Cordelia Eversleigh, Duchess of Hunt. She’s a married virgin who wants to shed her marital status for freedom. There’s the Duke of Hunt, Jack Eversleigh, who’s known for debauching women in a blink an eye and neither caring or bothering to manage his estates or fortune. Secondary players include a take-no-prisoners Dowager Duchess of Hunt, a good-looking, sinful twin brother, and a couple other Dukes I can’t wait to read about.

Now for the plot: There’s shenanigans, a load of them, from all directions and all aimed at the intelligent and surprising Cordelia. Everyone wants her to do something: stay married, submit to seduction, or abandon her husband for greener pastures. It’s also apparent that Cordelia exists as a challenge and to men who can have anything or anyone a challenge is the perfect prescription.  This book covers off on some much crazy and spoke to me because I’m a heroine with more brains than beauty. I love seeing the geek get the guy, and the guy being inspired by her smarts then scared of them. With plenty of conflict amid expectations/responsibilities, coupled with a good shift between challenges for the hero and challenges for the heroine.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This is the second one in the series and I enjoyed it more than the first. I’d say Devon is building momentum and can’t wait for the Duke to appear. If you want a book with historical elements that will make you laugh and exclaim “what can go wrong now?”, this is the book for you.

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This Week’s Read: Dreaming of the Duke by Eva Devon

Dreaming of the DukeA duchess who desires her freedom.

Cordelia Eversleigh, Duchess of Hunt, has spent her entire life in Egypt, sifting through the sands, cavorting with the local tribes, and uncovering the tombs of glorified ancient Egyptian accountants. Now, all she wishes is to go to Paris and study the mysteries of the hieroglyph. There’s only one problem. She needs to annul her marriage to the husband she has never met. But when she comes face to face with the infamous duke, he stirs a wicked desire in her nature that shocks her to the tips of her oh so practical toes.

A duke longing to be tamed.

Born the second son, Jack Eversleigh, now the Duke of Hunt, has accepted he is going to be a terrible duke. Loving wine, women, and song, he knows there’s only one thing to do. Live up to his debauched reputation. But when a young woman tracks him down in a London pub, prim, proper, and with a tongue that would make the devil envious, he is captivated. . . Until he discovers that she is his wife.

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Author Bio:

USATODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, Eva Devon, was raised on literary fiction, but quite accidentally and thankfully, she was introduced to romance one Christmas by Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory novella, The Present. A romance addict was born. She devoured every single Lindsey novel within a few months. Now, she loves to write her own roguish dukes and the heroines who tame them. She loves to hear from her readers. So please pen her a note! evadevonauthor@gmail.com

Review: Prudence and the Professor – Mari’s Take

 

Genre: Historical Steampunk Romance

Rating: Yay!

 

Ho boy, this book. I am practically wiggling in my seat about this one.

Prudence for print -with trim -300 dpi -CMYK The story is SUCH a delicious mix of romance and steampunk set in the Civil War era. Determined to carve a life out for herself after being tragically widowed by the war, Prudence takes a job in remote Montana for Professor Gerritt Rhinehart. Gerritt is a smartypants inventor whose ideas might turn the war in the North’s favor.

Prudence was such a great lead character. Smart and strong, but thankfully lacking the bullheadedness that leads to certain trouble. I always wonder how such smart women in romances can make so many dumb moves, and I am extremely happy to say none of that happened here.

The interplay between Prudence and Gerritt is both sweet and sultry. There were a few times where I would have liked some more indepth interplay, as I felt there was rehashing without new territory covered, but overall it wasn’t extensive enough to really bother me.

A cast of sidekicks keeps the story rolling. Hands down favorite was Alma, the smart-mouthed cook Gerritt employs, and who feels it’s completely appropriate to offer sexual advice to Prudence. I laughed so much when she was about.

Gerritt, by contrast, is both smart and sexy, and I really enjoyed having a bookishly smart man as the main love interest. Not every man needs to be some war chieftain carrying off his woman. Because of his smarts and apparently delicious bum –ahem!- I found myself wishing for so much more time in his head because it was so enjoyable.

Overall, this romance is a sweet, enjoyable twist on western romances, with the goody goodies, the bad baddies, and of course, nifty devices. A wonderful fast read perfect for an afternoon where you just want a good story.

 

Sibelle Stone is the pseudonym for award-winning romance author Deborah Schneider. As Deborah she writes Western and Americana romance novels. As Sibelle Stone she writes historical romance with paranormal elements (things like magic, witches and evil Druids), and steampunk with incredible machines. It’s the same person, but with two different sides.
Both Sibelle and Deborah reside in a small town near the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Deborah is employed by one of the busiest libraries in the country in a job that involves arranging programs with authors, storytellers, musicians, dancers and jugglers. Deborah received the Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year Award in 2009.
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Review: Act of Pardon

Rating: Yay

Genre: Historical Romance

I don’t often get a Historical Romance in my review bin and when I do it’s a special treat because this is by far my favorite genre to read. It’s also a genre I’m super critical of because I want the ultimate experience.

Sookoo provides a good blend of action, romance, and sensuality which created a great environment for a Historical tale. Also, the environs aren’t England based and instead we find our hero and heroine navigating the Caribbean, Spanish settlements, and exotic ports for this story. I enjoyed being transported to somewhere outside of Europe and found the book easy to become immersed in. Sookoo also does a fine job of portraying a pirates life and the challenges of living by a different moral code then can be found in civilian life.

As to character development both hero, heroine, and a group of pirate secondary characters are completely three dimensional, with well established motivations, goals, and ultimately sweet, sweet conflict. Sarah is definitely a conundrum because she has to come to terms with killing, even though she was raised by a preacher and missionary. How do you justify violence and death when being taught there are better ways to solve problems? For Sarah it’s a matter of finding a way to accept our hero, Captain Adrian Westerbrooke, even if he kills men who attack his ship and whips those who don’t follow his orders. For me this is some pretty deep and tough conflict, and the resolution isn’t easy or cut and dry- just the way I like it.

One word of caution there is a violence, death of a child, and a minor moment where our heroine encounters a cat o’nine. If you’re not one to enjoy a bit of action or capable of reading a few painful, yet tastefully handled, moments this may be a book you should avoid.

 

Finally, my only challenge with this story was the formatting in the eBook. The Kindle version has some grievous formatting errors and I believe I missed multiple pages of the story because of it. Luckily, I was still able to follow the story with the pages present and I hope the author is able to revise the uploaded version in the near future.

 

This Week’s Read: Act of Pardon

act of pardonRetribution and sorrow can bring redemption and salvation if you look hard enough.

The year is 1814 and piracy is drawing to an end in the Caribbean yet Sarah Covington, a disenchanted missionary’s daughter, has a plan to kill the pirate who murdered her father and fiancé. When the assassination attempt goes horribly wrong, she’s taken aboard the Lady Catherine as prisoner. Though she’s forced to embrace a life of degradation and subservience by the very pirate she tried to kill, he stirs passions she never knew she harbored.

Adrian Westerbrooke captains the Lady Catherine but not by choice. Officially a privateer under England’s protection, he has his own agenda and will take down targets for the highest bidder. The only problem is the beautifully flawed Sarah. He’ll try everything in his power to break her spirit and make her bow before his. At sea, his word is law, no matter how much she intrigues his mind and inflames his body.

Yet Sarah possesses a stubbornness that matches his own, on deck and in the bedroom, and a battle of wills begins. As trust grows, so does their desire–whether they can survive the threats at sea while working through their differences is up to faith… and perhaps love.

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Writing to the Stars with Pippa Jay Green

The indies gals would like to welcome back Pippa Jay Green to the Indies Books R Us blog. She’s here today to share her author journey. We last spoke with Pippa when Cate and I reviewed her book Keir. Since then she’s released another delicious sci-fi adventure with more on the way.

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, from the day I badgered my dad into showing me how to write out my full name–a long WP_001151winded affair to be sure. As for when the stories started…well, they must have come soon after that. From stories about ponies when I went through that stage of my childhood, to fantasy inspired by The Lord of the Rings and The Dark Crystal, then the shift into scifi after Star Wars: A New Hope hit my TV screen one Christmas. I went from wishing to be a magic-casting, arrow-shooting elf to a lightsaber-wielding, mind-influencing Jedi Knight in the space of a hundred and twenty-one minutes.

But it’s another cult scifi with a very British origin that sparked off my first novel. The story behind my debut Keir started as a Doctor Who adventure waaaay back in the 90’s when I was a teenager and a devoted fan. Now, I have seen a lot of controversy over the writing of ‘fanfic’. Some declare it to be ‘not proper writing’ and a waste of time. Others claim it as a writing release, to be able to free write about favourite characters and explore ideas without having to create whole new worlds and people. Frankly I think writers should be able to express themselves in any way they wish, but back then I’d never even heard the term ‘fanfic’. All I wanted was to be the Doctor’s latest time-travelling, non-screaming companion (as the ‘becoming a Jedi and building an X-wing’ ambition hadn’t worked out for me). So I wrote an adventure called The Shadowshaper over a three week Christmas holiday–featuring a red-haired teenager by the name of Quin–and sent it off. It didn’t get published, but it was the first complete book I’d ever finished, and I had some fantastic feedback from the then publishers of the Doctor Who books. Enough to feel that perhaps I wouldn’t completely be wasting my time to keep writing and submitting.

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Real life got in the way after that, but the ideas never stopped coming. One night I dreamt of a broken and beaten man trapped in a dungeon. I woke up with the name Keir in my head. I didn’t know why he was there or what had happened to him, but as I wrote I found all that out. He needed someone to save him, and that someone was Quin, my time-travelling, red-haired heroine. Of course, the Doctor himself doesn’t feature in Keir, but he’s there in spirit. Because if it wasn’t for him, I don’t think Keir would ever have existed.d teenager by the name of Quin–and sent it off. It didn’t get published, but it was the first complete book I’d ever finished, and I had some fantastic feedback from the then publishers of the Doctor Who books.

gethyon_300Enough to feel that perhaps I wouldn’t completely be wasting my time to keep writing and submitting.

As for my first love… My latest scifi novel Gethyon pays a passing tribute to Star Wars in feel, more than Keir did. My hero is a young, troubled would-be adventurer with unknown powers, who has to combat his own divided nature as much as he must master his abilities. If it hadn’t been for those early scifi influences, perhaps I’d be writing fantasy now instead. Maybe I’ll revisit that genre one day…

Keir Pippa  Jay GreenBIO:

A stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and films. Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moments trying to learn guitar, indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 20 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the SFR Brigade, a community of science fiction

This Week’s Read: Solstice by Gemma Harris

Solstice coverElizabeth Rose rules the West End. Or at least she did. When she headlines the Musical Theatre Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Elizabeth has the biggest reality check ever when the audience don’t really know who she is! That combined with finding her unsupportive boyfriend in bed with another woman, leads to Elizabeth having a meltdown. She finds herself jumping on a train armed with nothing but her bag, her purse and no sense of direction in her life.
The trains stops in the sea side town of Sunset Ferry who are in the middle of their own festival – Solstice, a month’s worth of pure rock music. Slowly Elizabeth starts to let go and enjoy herself without the confines of her fame and with only Hotel Manager Victoria and her wannabe musician daughter Sophie knowing who she really is.
After an initial run in with lead singer of top rock band Avalanche, the gorgeous but full of himself Ricky Steal, Elizabeth starts to believe that sweet music really can be made with him, despite the madness going on around her.

The latest Chick Lit from the Author of The Second Lamppost From The Left and Twenty Nine and Counting.

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