Lisa Torquay – Igniting the Countess

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REVIEW

The author’s background shines through in this beautifully articulated old English story. The tone of the dialog and narrative never deviates from the old English style. I truly felt like I had travelled back in time. The language painted the time period outstandingly well.

The romance was scintillating. The connection between the characters was intense.

However, I had issues with the plot. The crux of the story revolves around a woman being stubborn and materialistic. I did not care for the character. In fact, I felt no investment in her happiness and thus became detached from the story.

BLURB

With the shadow of scandal looming over her, the countess, Loraine Durant, had to stay away from Garth Evans.

Loraine Durant, widowed Countess of Crawford, lives her life for her toddler son, the heir of the late count. But the world seems to go out of its axis when she lays eyes on the new breath-taking footman. She fights arduously the flaming attraction she feels for him, deeming it inappropriate, failing notoriously. With the shadow of scandal looming over her, she had to stay away from him. When she discovers he is much more than a servant, it is too late and he already hates her.

Garth Evans is the bastard son of a Marquis, trying to make his unprivileged way in the world and holding back from trouble with women. Being constantly in the presence of the Countess proves to be a hellish temptation and he can hardly keep his hands off her. After they part, he thinks she is as whimsical and frivolous as any other lady of her rank. Now, he hates her for all she represents. Wrenching passion threatens to break his resolve to keep her at arm’s length, his desire for her about to burst at any moment.

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Thank You Arc to Lisa Torquay

Author Bio

Lisa Torquay comes from a multi-cultural family. She graduated in History and got a Master degree in British Empire. She has worked as an English and History teacher at high schools. She got married to a Norwegian and moved to Norway, where she lived for three years. Writing has been her passion since she was thirteen. She hopes you enjoy her books and would love to know your opinion about them.

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Karen Bedore – The Bard

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REVIEW

I decided to take a step outside my normal contemporary romance genre and read a little historical romance.  I was drawn in by the science verses religion aspect of the story.  The story fell short on any in depth discussion of the motivations of both organizations.  There were a few points in the book where the author tersely touches these issues in a profound manner.  But what the author failed to state made think about how life must have been during that time when science was coming to fruition.  In this case, it was not necessarily the words that were written that made me enjoy the book but the overall schematics.

This book is part one of The Bard Trilogy.  Perhaps, there is a more in depth approach taken in books 2 and 3.

Additionally, as a romance, it was very simplistic and predictable.

Overall, I rated this book 3 stars.

BLURB

After losing her mother and fiancé, Alcinia and her father travel west to Turin in the Duchy of Savoy to begin a new life. Getting adjusted to a new way of living in Renaissance Italy, Alcinia falls in love with a mysterious bard, and through their secret rendezvous is beginning to find happiness once again. Until…she finds out that her small-town father isn’t who she thought he was. Alcinia gets caught in a web of intrigue, and sets out to save her father from a scientific organization bent on using a biological weapon to destroy all men of the cloth. Her father’s life might be the only way to stop it… When she discovers the truth, it will change her life forever, for better and for worse.

Thank You Arc to Karen Bedore!

Tess Bowery – She Whom I love

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Who knew that historical romance could be hot?  The book is like an incredible mash-up of Downtown Abbey, Erotica, and Thriller.  This book surpassed all my expectations.

Synopsis

Treading the Boards, Book 2

Marguerite Ceniza dies on the London stage each night, but her own life has barely begun. The ingénue is on the prowl for a lover, but while she burns with desire for Sophie, a confession could ruin their decade-long friendship. In the meantime there are always men vying to be her patron, and square-jawed, broad-shouldered James Glover can’t help but catch her eye.

Sophie Armand has been a lady’s maid for too long, and she’s sick of keeping secrets. Her hidden scripts and the story of her birth are only the beginning. Her nights are haunted by desperate thoughts of the beguiling Marguerite, and of James, the handsome tradesman who whispers promises of forever into her ear.

James has the kind of problem a lot of men would kill for—two women, both beautiful, both sensual, and both willing. Sophie wants marriage, while Marguerite’s only in it for fun, and choosing between them isn’t easy.

What’s the worst that could happen if he secretly courts them both?

Their romantic triangle is complicated in the most delicious way, until a shadowy figure from Marguerite’s past threatens to destroy the budding relationship—and their lives.

Warning: Contains a lady’s maid with secret desires, a corset-maker who knows his way around a woman’s body, and an actress who never has to fake it. Rated for adult audiences only.

Review

Unlike most historical romance that are prim and proper as society expected people to behave at the time, this book is about raw desire and behaving well outside the accepted rules.  Behaving outside the norm, makes their choices very risky because the repercussions of discovery could be tragic.  This certainly heightened the emotional intrigue.

Let’s talk fashion. The men and women of the time wore a lot of clothes.  While this could serve as an impediment, the author turns the cumbersome attire into an incredible excuse for extended foreplay.

Despite women having limited power at the time, the way that Meg and Sarah take control over James is phenomenal.  All men should be made to beg in such a manner.

I also appreciated the overall acknowledgement and struggle for female empowerment.  Women were not really afforded any opportunities but needed to finagle their way through life to claim some power for themselves.

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