Month: February 2015

Romance Review: Highland Guard

Available now: Highland Guard (The Murrays)

hannah howell highland guard historical scottish romance

***3.5/5 stars

Rekindled love + Scottish romance is an action-filled Murray Series book.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Scottish Highland romances
  • If your hero is tough and persistent
  • If you like rekindled love

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Lady Annys MacQueen is fighting for her son’s inheritance, and when she has no other choice, Annys must call on a man who she has a passionate history with. When Sir Harcourt Murray returns to help Annys save her son’s inheritence, he’s got more at stake than he thought. You’ll find another great Highland romance by Hannah Howell in Highland Guard.

Available on Amazon: Highland Guard (The Murrays)

Action-Romance Review: Beyond Limits by Laura Griffin

Available Feb. 27: Beyond Limits (Tracers)

****4.5/5 stars

A fabulous action-romance with a terrorist plot, you and your man will love Beyond Limits.

Recommended readers:

  • Laura Griffin or political-terror drama plots.
  • Action-Adventure Romancer lovers
  • Looking for a book for you and your man

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Elizabeth is an up-and-coming FBI agent trying to succeed in a man’s world. And her kryptonite is Navy Seal Derek Vaughn, who’s just returned from a terrorist mission where his team captured a key terrorist and information implying a group of terrorists were in the US and planning an attack in Houston, Texas. A thrilling read, full of excitement and romantic tension, Laura Griffin hits the spot with this mystery-suspense romance. With 80% action-adventure-mystery and 20% romance, Beyond Limits is a great read for you and your guy so grab a copy and pass it on.

Order on Amazon: Beyond Limits (Tracers)

Guest Blog for Sinful Deception

ibradford-blogtourThis guest blog is by Sinful Deception Author Isabella Bradford and discusses the heroine Serena Carew from the book. Thank you Isabella for the time to share your insights into writing this novel.

By Isabella Bradford

Keeping Secrets

I’m so excited for the release this week of my newest historical romance, A SINFUL DECEPTION. This is a story that’s been in my head for a long time, and I’ve always wanted to write a book that includes not just Georgian England, but the farthest corners of the British Empire. My heroine, Serena Carew, was born in India, the daughter of a English nobleman stationed there. While Serena has spent most of her life as an English lady, her Indian heritage is impossible for her to forget – and it’s also one of the things that Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy comes to love most about her.

But however distant Serena’s childhood in India may seem, there are secrets in her past that she fears she can never escape. In many ways, such secrets were much easier to preserve in the 18th century, long before modern internet searches, DNA testing, and background checks.

India was literally half a world away in 1770. Letters and news took months to arrive between London and Calcutta, and that was if the ship carrying them survived storms, wars, and pirates. The bureaucracy of the British Empire was still in its infancy, and record-keeping was sporadic. Few, if any, of the Englishmen who knew her secrets would have survived. The Indian climate was notoriously unhealthy for Europeans, with the average life-span for an Englishman there considered only “two monsoons” – two years. A tropical fever killed all of Serena’s family, and nearly claimed her as well.

Yet secrets can be tenacious – especially ones with serious consequences. Just when Serena dares to hope her secret is safely buried and her future happiness with Geoffrey is secure, unexpected faces from her past reappear, and only the truth can at last set her free to love.

I hope you’ll enjoy A SINFUL DECEPTION. For more about what inspires me, check out my website www.isabellabradford.com and on my Isabella Bradford Facebook page, plus my blog (written with writer BFF Loretta Chase) www.TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.com, Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls, and Pinterest: TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.

Read Books for Her’s review of A Sinful Deception here.

Romance Review: A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford

Available today: A Sinful Deception: A Breconridge Brothers Novel (The Breconridge Brothers)

***3.5/5 stars

Cinderella meets Aladdin in this historical romance from new author Isabella Bradford.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like good mystery with your historical romance
  • If you like characters who challenge English society’s conventions

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Lady Serena seems like a beautiful, unattainable English lady to most of society, but she’s resolved to stay out of the public eye too much and hide her secret past, even from the people who love her the most. Yet Lord Geoffrey finds an opening in her defenses and finds himself captivated.  If only it could be that easy. Isabella Bradford weaves an intriguing tale: Part Cinderella, part Aladdin, and continues her Breconridge Brother’s series with success.

Available on Amazon: A Sinful Deception: A Breconridge Brothers Novel (The Breconridge Brothers)

Mystery Review: Doctor Death

Available tomorrow, February 17: Doctor Death: A Madeleine Karno Mystery

***3.5/5 stars

An exciting and unique turn-of-the-century scientific historical thriller.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like historical mysteries and a touch of feminism
  • If you like strong, smart female characters

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The daughter of a doctor and pathologist, even before the term was fully developed, Madeline Karno becomes heavily involved in a thrilling mystery filled with death, disease and so many tangled stories. The adventures and challenges that Madeleine faces become a diverse coming-of-age story – and author Lene Kaaberbol tells it flawlessly with unique details into the late 1800s.

Available on February 17: Doctor Death: A Madeleine Karno Mystery

Review: Echo Lake

Available this month: Echo Lake (Swift River Valley Novels)

****3.5/5 stars

The perfect winter escapist romance read.

Recommended readers:

  • Looking for a winter romance
  • If you can relate to a large family (or brothers)
  • Fans of Kat Martin

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Romance can be a little challenging with five older brothers and a small town, but Heather Sloan can’t avoid the sparks with agent Brody Hancock. His high school reputation and some mysterious happenings keep throwing them together, and its hard not to fall with them.  As much as the characters, you’ll fall in love with the snowy, winter Maine town. It’s a excellent escapists read and perfect for some winter evenings.

Order on Amazon: Echo Lake (Swift River Valley Novels)

Guest Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

***Note from Books for Her: With the renewed popularity of the Fifty Shades series following the recently-released movie trailer (see below), we felt remiss not providing our followers with a review. The only problem? Neither of us had read it! And after questioning friends and browsing reviews, the overall takeaway was readers beware: It’s obviously one of those love it or hate it books. Here’s Books for Her’s guest take courtesy of Megan L:

Available now:Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

**1.5/5 stars

Mature, experienced male meets naïve, virginal female with eroticism times ten.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Twilight fan fiction
  • If you like S&M
  • If you like the phrase ‘Oh my’

Here’s my rankings:

Review:

Fifty Shades of Grey is a romance at heart with the classic scenario of experienced male meets virginal female. Without knowing much about the book when I started other than its reported eroticism, I found the actual writing atrocious, though I understand this book isn’t necessarily about the writing.   However, Christian Grey is one messed up dude and I really don’t get the sexual appeal of the man.   Definitely won’t be reading the rest of the series and probably won’t be seeing the movie when it comes out. I do know women who really enjoyed it and would recommend it.  Fifty Shades of Grey is just not for me.

And if you’re still not sure if you want to pick it up, here’s a peek at the recently released Movie trailer.

Romance Review: Earls Just Want To Have Fun

Available today: Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs Book 1)

****4/5 stars

An orphaned pick-pocket makes a comeback: It’s a must-read kick off to the Covent Garden Cubs Series.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like action with your historical romance
  • If like to root for the under-dog

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Survival on the streets of London has honed Marlowe into a hard person – and when she’s discovered by an investigator and thought to be the missing daughter of nobel couple – she’s thrown into the path of Lord Dane. The first novel in the Covent Garden Cubs Series, Earls Just Want To Have Fun is a must-read with loads of action, build-up and charming characters.

Available on Amazon:Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs Book 1)