Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney

Available today: Once A Soldier

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An average-girl romance that’s not average.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a historical romance
  • If you’re a fan of a come-back story in your romance
  • If you like Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas,  and Mary Balogh

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Sometimes it’s good to see the good girl get the guy, right? I mean most romances have the passionate, headstrong girl getting the guy – but what about the average girl. The one who’s always taking care of everyone else and never getting the attention she deserves. Well, Mary Jo Putney created this girl – only she’s not a boring, Cinderella heroine, she’s Athena Markham.

Despite not having your typical passionate storyline, there’s something special about creating the same masterpiece with a real, average girl romance – without the average girl feeling. Mary Jo Putney shows some versatility in Once A Soldier – and if you still wonder what I’m trying to explain, check it out for yourself. Shop all Mary Jo Putney on Amazon.

Available today: Once A Soldier

 

A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels

Available now: A Reckless Promise

****3.5/5 stars- liked itkmichaels-reckless

Looking for fast-reading Regency Romance – look no further than A Reckless Promise.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Regency Romance
  • If you like Kasey Michaels and others
  • and if you like a fast-reading romance

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

Viscount Nailbourne promised his comrade on the battlefield that he would look after his daughter – but when the orphaned girl and her chaperone show up on his doorstep – it’s more than he bargained for. While the aunt has an agenda of her own, the Viscount tried to do what is right and get to the bottom of her agenda.

As an author covering many different genres, Kasey Michaels most recent book A Reckless Promise is a good Regency Romance. Most recently, she’s written contemporary romance but you’ll see with more than 100 books written, that Michaels enjoys writing Regency romance especially.

Available now: A Reckless Promise

Love’s Sweet Revenge by Rosanne Bittner

Available September 6: Love’s Sweet Revenge

***3/5 stars- Liked itrbittner-revenge

Now trying to build a ranch and a simplier life, Jake, Miranda and their children face old and new enemies in Love’s Sweet Revenge.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Laurie McBain or Rosanne Bittner
  • If you like Western Historical Romances and family sagas
  • and if you enjoy historical romance from the true Wild West, these are for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The Harkner saga continues in Love’s Sweet Revenge, as Jake and Miranda and both children start to build the foundation of their family and ranch in the hills of Colorado. The families are hoping to build something safe, solid and great for children to come – but with so many enemies gained through the years with the desire for revenge, Jake must save himself, his son and their families.

I definitely recommend reading the previous Outlaw Hearts Series, as this book will spoil the plot in most of the previous books.

Available September 6: Love’s Sweet Revenge

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Available now: Wicked Intentions

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With everything you love about historical romance, Wicked Intentions is a great kickoff to the Maiden Lane Series.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a historical romance
  • If you’re a fan of a come-back story in your romance
  • If you like Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas,  and Mary Balogh

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 4/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The first of the Maiden Lane Series, Wicked Intentions  is slightly dark, slightly  wicked and passionate. Temperance runs a orphanage with her brother in St. Giles, one of the worst areas of London. She meets Lord Caire, who’s notorious for his wicked desires, and is searching for a savage killer. The two challenge each other constantly in their quest for a killer and their own redemption.

I actually read Wicked Intentions after several other Elizabeth Hoyt books – it was easily the darkest, most graphic of any of them.  After reading a series of Elizabeth Hoyt books recently, she’s easily in my top 10 favorite historical romance authors. Each book has a unique plots, but always includes what I love about historical romance – witty characters, come-back stories and overcoming the odds. And bonus: If you like this book, you’ll have a slew of other Maiden Series books to pick from. Shop all Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Series on Amazon.

Available now: Wicked Intentions

 

Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

Available now: Once Upon A Moonlit Night novella

****3.5/5 starsehoyt-moonlit

With everything you love about historical romance, Once Upon a Moonlit Night is perfect except for being too short.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a historical romance
  • If you’re a fan of witty characters in your romance
  • If you like Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas,  and Mary Balogh

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A fabulous beginning, middle and end, Once Upon a Moonlit Night was full of action, romance and fun. If it were a full length book, I would have given it 4 stars – and my only complaint is that it was too short. As with any Elizabeth Hoyt book, Moonlit had witty characters and a great plot. And bonus: If you like Once Upon a Moonlit Night (which you probably will), you’ve got a slew of other Maiden Series books to pick from. Shop all Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Series on Amazon.

Available now for $1.99 on Kindle: Once Upon A Moonlit Night novella

 

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Available Now: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

*****5/5 stars- loved itpknight-shoedog

The founder of Nike tells you how he barely succeeded in making the biggest brand on the planet.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re an entrepreneur or business person
  • If you think building a business is easy
  • And if you’re enthralled with the mega brand called Nike

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

When you think of Nike, you don’t think of bad management, bad decisions and bad products – you think of money, brand and tons of success. In Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, the creator himself will tell you what a terrible boss he was, how many mistakes he made, and how often the company almost went broke. In fact you’ll keep wondering how he held on so long – and how his marriage survived so many company and person attacks. Which is why you’ll want to read Shoe Dogs until the end. It’s refreshingly honest into the man who created the biggest brand on the planet.

Available Now: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries

Available June 28: Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries (originally written as Deborah Martin)

***3/5 stars

Get drawn in with Sabrina Jeffries’ Stormswept.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like good mystery with your historical romance
  • If you’re a fan of Sabrina Jeffries

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Drawn together by accident, Lady Juliana St. Albans and Rhys Vaughn, a rising Scottish rebellion leader, came together in secret, married and had the most amazing wedding night – until he disappeared the next day. Juliana believed he was captured and sent on a ship, where she later heard he died. Only six years later he returns, just as she’s announcing her betrothal to another.

Formerly Stormswept by Deborah Martin (1996), Sabrina Jeffries brought back the book ‘revised for today’s audience,’ according to the publisher. From the start, you’ll be drawn in by Juliana and Rhys passionate and secretive love. Stormswept has great drama and lives up to Sabrina Jeffries flare for desire, deception and historical romance.

Available June 28: Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Available June 28: All the Missing Girls

****4.5/5 stars

A scary-good psychological thriller, All the Missing Girls will rock your mind with haunted characters and a  reverse chronological plot.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on the Train
  • If you like psychological thrillers
  • If you want a brain-busting, page-turner

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A small town in North Carolina is rocked when a teenage girl disappears – and friends and family are left with scars that still haven’t healed 10 years later. Nicolette Farrell left Cooley Ridge right after the tragedy and hardly returned until now, 10 years later, as she’s starting to pack up her family home after her dad moves to assisted living. Only another young girl disappears, and the tragedy brings back old suspects and new ones, haunting the town and it’s people all over again. Who’s to blame for the latest disappearance – and the one from 10 years ago?

All the Missing Girls is scary good: Cleverly written and intricately plotted. The story begins on Day 15 of when Nic returns home and works its way backwards to Day 1, when it all comes together for the reader. And the way it comes together is unpredictable and completely shocking if a little ironinc too. The group of friends are so haunted – and the town of Cooley Ridge and specific locations like the Ferris Wheel and the woods behind the Farrell home take on a personality of their own as events come to life as Nic traverses her 15 days in Cooley Ridge.

Previously a young adult writer, All the Missing Girls is Megan Miranda’s first adult novel – and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Available June 28: All the Missing Girls

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Available today: Duke of Sin

****4/5 starsehoyt-dukeofsin

With everything you love about historical romance, Duke of Sin is a great come-back story.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a historical romance
  • If you’re a fan of a come-back story in your romance
  • If you like Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas,  and Mary Balogh

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A housekeeper in the Duke of Montgomery’s home, Bridget Crumb has an agenda other than running the household of a notorious and sneaky Duke. She’s searching for something – and the Duke finds her witty strength a little too appealing. As the two fight for their own agendas, they are drawn closer together.

One of my first Elizabeth Hoyt books, Duke of Sin is exactly what I love about historical romance – witty characters, come-back stories and overcoming the odds. And bonus: If you like Duke of Sin (which you probably will), you’ve got a slew of other Maiden Series books to pick from. Shop all Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Series on Amazon.

Available today: Duke of Sin

 

The Cavendon Luck by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Available now: The Cavendon Luck

****4/5 stars

With Downton-Abbey appeal and a meandering pre-World War II story, The Cavendon Luck is classic Barbara Taylor Bradford.bbradford-cavendonluck

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Downton Abbey and other Edwardian English dramas
  • If you’re a fan of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s family sagas
  • If you enjoy a turn of the century, changing of times family drama

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess (a disturbing scene in the early part of the book bumped this up from a very tame 1)

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The third book in the Barbara Taylor Bradford-Cavendon Series, The Cavendon Luck meets up with our favorite characters from her previous books as the influential and connected Ingram and Swam families navigate pre-war times. Much like all her books, Cavendon Luck meanders with several plotlines – maybe even one of the most dramatic times in English history. It’s easily my favorite of the Cavendon Series.

Available now: The Cavendon Luck