Morgan’s Musings – Book Tour/Review – What To Do With A Duke

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Title: What To Do With A Duke
Author: Sally MacKenzie
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Kindle/Paperback/Audio

 

Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least…

With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin…

 

What to Do With Duke

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Mckenzie

USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie writes funny, sexy romances set in her favorite time period (other than the present): Regency England. Her novella, “The Duchess of Love,” was a 2013 RITA® finalist, and two of her books—The Naked King and Bedding Lord Ned—made ALA Booklist’s top ten romances for their respective years. Many of her books are available in audio format, and her stories have been translated into Czech, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Sally graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in the first class of women. She’s a Cornell Law School dropout, former federal regulation writer, recovering parent volunteer, mother of four grown sons, and middle-of-the-lane Masters swimmer. She loves to travel, especially to England to research historic sites and hike through—and frequently get lost in—the English countryside.

 

REVIEW

This beginning to a new series, Spinster House by Sally MacKenzie, is a delightful, witty read. The heroine, Miss Isabelle Catherine (Cat) Hutting, at the age of 25 is “on the shelf” (a spinster) and Marcus, the Duke of Hart, the hero is cursed.

Cat just needs some peace and quiet away from her 10 siblings and parents to write her novel. As luck would have it, there is an opening at the Spinster House. She can live there and put all the nonsense of her marrying behind her. But she has to be approved as a resident by the only man that has ever impressed her, Marcus, the Duke of Hart.

Marcus, has left London under a cloud after one lady tried to trap him into marriage. He is not ready to marry – since he has been “cursed”. The curse, placed on the Hard dukedom, cites that no duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. Unfortunately for Marcus, he would like to have a family, but he has seen the curse come true over several generations. You see, only true love can break the curse and Marcus doesn’t believe in true love. After meeting the feisty Cat, he may just change his mind.

I love the Regency romances where the heroine is not your typical woman of the period. Cat is feisty and has a mind of her own. The characters are great and believable. You get romance with just the right amount a humor. Excellent read and highly recommended for the fans of historical romance.

Morgan’s Musings – Blog Tour/Review – An Indecent Invitation

 

An Indecent Invitation
by Laura Trentham
Series: Spies and Lovers, #1
Genre: Historical Romance – Regency
Release Date: August 25, 2015

 

 

Keeping her safe is difficult, keeping a proper distance from her is downright impossible.

Lady Lily Drummond understands only too well the danger of spy work. Her father, a preeminent master spy, has been missing for months, and her brother barely survived his final mission for the Crown. Lily is still determined to help find her father, no matter how hard her brother and his best friend try to keep her in the dark.

Busy trying to untangle the web of deceit surrounding the Earl of Windor’s disappearance, Crown spy Gray Masterson also has to ensure Lily Drummond, the gangly, awkward child who was his constant shadow growing up, doesn’t get herself ruined at her London debut. But the girl with scraped knees and elbows has evolved into a lush, sensual beauty surrounded by a bevy of suitors.

Realizing Lily is going to investigate on her own if he doesn’t let her join the hunt for her missing father, Gray assumes he can give Lily a few minor tasks to pacify her, but he quickly learns she is a valuable asset. Moreover, she fairly crackles with life and warmth—things he craves after his dark years in service.

Warning: This book contains spies, scandals, naughty liaisons in houses of ill repute, men who think they know everything and women who know they do not. 

 

 

Lily slyly watched Gray confront Montbatton and then execute a courtly bow to Lady Abbott. How long before her reckoning? Only a few minutes had passed. Not nearly long enough for her heart to slow. He approached—not with angry mincing steps or even hurried anxious ones, but in a casual loose-limbed saunter.
Did he know?
Gray had been lanky in his youth, but he’d always possessed an unusual agility and grace. Seemingly never feeling awkward in his body, he moved with a compelling confidence that had only grown more telling over the years. A broad, deep chest and narrow, lean hips complemented indecently muscled legs. Not that she had made a close examination, heavens no, but she could hardly miss them flexing during their dance.
Perhaps he wasn’t the tallest or the most handsome man in attendance, but there was something about him. In fact, several ladies’ heads turned when he passed them by. Not that he noticed, because his gaze pinned her like an insect on display.
Not smiling nor frowning, his face revealed not a single clue to his mood. He stopped directly in front of her, cocked one foot in front of the other and clasped his hands behind his back. A purely masculine stance that, along with his silence, set her nerves jangling.
She tucked several escaped tendrils back into pins and then opened and closed her fan a few times. Unable to tolerate another second of the increasing tension, she yielded, feeling somehow as if she’d lost the first skirmish of a war. “We meet again, Mr. Masterson. Mayhap did you learn anything interesting?”
His eyes, vibrantly green and arresting even partially shielded behind his spectacles, shimmered with an emotion she couldn’t interpret. “I learned Montbatton is indeed in pursuit, and you should expect an offer. He informed me most vehemently to pass that information on. Lady Abbott thought it highly amusing I didn’t know your name. And lastly, I discovered Lady Lily should be in the corner with her chaperone.”
“Very impressive, but did anyone reveal my name?”
“Absolutely no one.” A single eyebrow arched above the rim of his spectacles.
Her shoulders, which at some point had bunched toward her ears, relaxed, and she tapped her fan against her lips to stem a victorious smile. “And I was so looking forward to another dance. Mayhap I’ll help you find your wayward friend instead. Over here did you say?”
A dark-haired matron in a red dress occupied the corner in question. She sat upright in a chair next to a ficus and, at first glance, appeared to be serenely observing the tableau of couples on the dance floor. The only indications she was soundly asleep were her closed eyes and slightly agape mouth. Her Aunt Edie was quite possibly the most worthless chaperone in all of England, which suited Lily perfectly. She’d no desire to relinquish the relative freedom she enjoyed in the country.
“That’s certainly not your debutante,” Lily said. “Come, let’s stroll while we look.”
“God’s teeth, that’s most likely her chaperone. Sound asleep while Lily runs wild.” Gray sounded truly aghast.
“Yes, your friend might be in the company of the worst sort of rogue who inappropriately whisked her away.” A cough covered her spate of giggles.
“Indeed.” His tone turned solemn. “She’s a highly impulsive chit not used to male attention. No doubt, she’d be easily lured into an indiscretion by a charming smile or prestigious title.” He tutted. “They’d only be after her dowry, poor thing.”
She sucked in a huge breath, ready to unleash her tongue, but his next words ripped the air from her lungs.
“Would you care to take a turn in the gardens as I haven’t earned a dance?”
“What about your friend? Shouldn’t you find her? What if she waits for you?” Her words spilled out too quickly. How many times had Rafe told her to never enter the gardens with a gentleman? At least a hundred. Although it was only Gray. If any man could be trusted, it would be him. Wouldn’t it?
“I was to surprise her tonight. She doesn’t even know I’m attending. We won’t be long, just a breath of fresh air. It’s rather stuffy, isn’t it?”
“I suppose a very brief turn in the garden wouldn’t hurt. It is awfully close in here.” Lily snapped her fan open and cooled herself with frenzied flicks of her wrist. Was it the crush of people or his suggestion making her feel so heated?

 

This was a first for me with author Laura Trentham, but will not be my last. This story has it all, romance, spies, scandals, houses of ill repute, men who think they know it all and women who know that they don’t. It is well written and engaging with all its twists and turns.

Lady Lily Drummond is a fascinating character. Not your usual woman of the Regency period. She would rather talk politics and gather information than dance at parties. She is smart, beautiful and is going to do what she wants. And she is determined to find her father, The Earl of Windor, who disappeared on a mission for the Crown.

Gray Masterson, a spy, and best friend to Lily’s brother has been entrusted to keep Lily safe and not get herself ruined at her London debut. But the woman is nothing like the little hoyden he knew. In her place, is a beautiful, sensual woman. A women he wants, but one he doesn’t think he deserves. Their bickering and flirting can only lead to one thing. The story contains some scorching love scenes and passion filled embraces.

Ms. Trentham has a fantastic start to a great historical series. Look forward to reading the next in the series. I highly recommend this book to all that like a “hot” Regency romance.

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, I loved English and reading in high school, I was convinced an English degree equated to starvation! So, I chose the next most logical major – Chemical Engineering- and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years. Now I live in South Carolina with my husband and two children. In between school and homework and soccer practices, I love to get lost in another world, whether its Regency England or small town Alabama.

Books One and Two of my Falcon Football Series are available from St. Martin’s Press (Slow and Steady Rush; Caught Up in the Touch). Book Three, Melting Into You, is available for preorder.

Book Two of my Spies and Lovers Series, A Brazen Bargain, will release January 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan’s Musings – New Release Blitz/Review – Lovin’ Danger

 

Lovin’ Danger
by Jo-Ann Carson
Series: Mata Hari, #4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Nina French
Release Date: September 1, 2015

 

 

A single woman – A double life

Sadie Stewart, international model by day, CIA operative by night, wants it all: the danger and intrigue of being a spy, the glamour of modeling on the international stage and the love of a good man. But after she survives a second assassination attempt on her life, her world spins out of control.

Art dealer, Sebastian Wilde, a Viking with cool, blue eyes and body of a Norse God wants Sadie safe and by his side. And Sadie’s boss, the infamous master-spy, Jeremiah Cole, demands she follow his orders.

When she faces the assassin alone, she defies both men and risks everything.

A cross between Covert Danger and Indiana Jones
Smart, Sexy Suspense

 

… a male operative wearing jeans low enough on his hips to make her eyes linger down there, where no woman likes to be caught looking in public, delivered her mother’s chest. Pulling her eyes up his body, she tried hard not to stall on his killer smile. It should be banned by the Global Warming initiative. She could fault herself at noticing his good looks, but as her best friend Mitch liked to say, “No harm in window shopping.” The man was a gorgeous hunk of humanity.

Looking at him, perhaps too closely, Sadie stood in her doorway, with her right hand on her gun in the pocket of her robe. No makeup, no shoes—a bit of a disaster. She felt drabber than drab. Why did Cole send this Greek God guy?

The answer clicked into her mind: because he wanted to distract her. Get her away from Sebastian. Her mouth broke into a big smile. Nice try Jeremiah.

The man’s green eyes looked her over without apology. Undoubtedly, he knew her code name, Mata Hari, and he had heard stories, possibly many stories about her escapades. The unmistakable, carnal heat in his gaze put the question in the air.

Was she interested in a morning romp with a handsome stranger?

Running a hand through her mane of hair, she gave him a pleasant smile, the kind you give your kid brother when he’s washed your car for you. “Let’s get on with it,” she said.

We once again meet up with Sadie Stewart and Sebastian Wilde in this fast paced novella.

Sadie’s world is spinning out of control. Her boss, Jeremiah Cole, has told her she needs to cut Sebastian lose. She finds evidence her great aunt was a spy. KOTL has made another attempt on her life. Her dog is poisoned. What is a girl to do when her man is away and she is all alone?

Sebastian, the art dealer with the deep blue eyes and the body of a Norse God just wants Sadie by his side, but not necessarily handcuffed to her bed. The chemistry between them pops off the page. Sebastian the protector, finds himself on the other side when he returns to help Sadie and they are both taken, but working together they quickly defeat the enemy.

If you like the action and suspense of a James Bond movie, then this series and book are for you. Jo-Ann Carson is a master at keeping you intrigued with her stories from page one. She serves up a healthy dose of smart, sexy suspense. Highly recommend.

 

 

 

Book 1 :Covert Danger

 

Book 2: Born of Magic

 

Book 3: Ancient Danger

 

 

Jo-Ann Carson has lived most of her life on islands off the west coast of Canada, surrounded by snow covered mountains, lush rain forests and pristine beaches.

Growing up, she dreamed of traveling the world like James Bond, finding archeological treasures like Indiana Jones, and finding true love. In her Mata Hari Series she combines elements of adventure, danger and steamy romance.

 

 

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Morgan’s Musings – Review Tour – Men Under Fire

 

Men Under Fire
by Jacki Delecki
Series: Grayce Walters, #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 25, 2015

 

 

Hollie Thomas, the feisty, tattooed office assistant to Grayce Walters, has come a long way from living on the streets. Along with finding a job she loves, she’s found friends and safety. When her new life unravels, she faces dangers that dwarf her troubled past. Fighting to survive, she discovers that sometimes what you need the most might be found in the one person you failed to see coming.

Returning home from the war and struggling to find his way, Sergeant Nick Welby, and his bomb-sniffing golden lab, use their skill set in the last place he’d ever imagined—Seattle’s Waterfront. To protect the one woman who matters, Nick and his trusty canine partner will risk everything to rescue her and Seattle from disaster.

Embroiled in Grayce Walters’ most perilous case—a terrorist plot with the threat of deadly explosives—can Nick and Hollie work together to save themselves and each other before it’s too late?

 

 

Hollie Thomas, the heroine of the story, is trying to put her past behind her. Most of her young life was spent on the streets hiding from her meth-head parents. She knows she can have a bright future and upon on meeting the hero, Nick Welby, that future is beginning to look brighter. But what happens when trouble comes knocking,intruding upon her future? Will she be able to let go and find the happiness she wants? Will she fight to survive and find what she needs the most?

Nick and his bomb-sniffing companion, Talley are home from the war healing from wounds and suffering from PTSD. Nick is ever watchful and with Talley’s help is trying to fit into society. Upon meeting Hollie, he feels an instant attraction. As a way to get closer to Hollie, Nick inserts himself into helping her find two marines that are missing. Will Nick be able to put his life back together and see that Hollie is just what he needs or will their paths take separate turns?

The chemistry between Nick and Hollie brews at a slow burn. They are both working through difficult decisions and because of Hollie’s past she has a few emotional problems that rear their ugly heads, but Nick is willing to do what he needs to do to win Hollie over.

There were a few places at the beginning where the story just doesn’t flow and was difficult to continue reading, but once you get past the first few chapters you find the characters growing and the story line evening out. This story has suspense, danger, and some great characters.

 

 

 

 

Jacki Delecki is a Best-Selling, Romantic Suspense writer. Delecki’s Grayce Walters Series, which chronicles the adventures of a Seattle animal acupuncturist, was an editor’s selection by USA Today. Delecki’s Romantic Regency The Code Breaker Series hit number one on Amazon. Both acclaimed series are available for purchase at http://www.JackiDelecki.com.

To learn more about Jacki and her books and to be the first to hear about giveaways join her newsletter found on her website. Follow her on FB—Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.

 

 

 

 

Morgan’s Musings – New Release/Review – A SEAL’s Temptation

A SEAL's Temptation

***** 5 Stars Out Of 5

A SEAL’S TEMPTATION (Uniformly Hot SEALs #9) by Tawny Weber

Mission: Seduce and satisfy Lark Sommers!

When you are looking for a “hot” SEAL story, you will not be disappointed in the Uniformly Hot SEAL’s series by Tawny Weber. Her SEALs are all alpha. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but to get the full sexy SEAL vibe, I would recommend reading them in order to find out more about the secondary characters. As with the other books, A SEAL’s Temptation does not disappoint on being the fun, sexy story we have come to expect from Ms. Weber.

With her career on hold and her sex life non existent, Lark Sommer’s friends have come up with a plan to get her over her sex starvation. If she can’t find a man by eating all the aphrodisiac goodies from her coffee shop, then they are willing to find her a “hot” sexy guy.

Navy Seal Shane O’Brien, hasn’t been back home in a while because his family doesn’t agree with his career choice. But his sister is asking him to come home to help her celebrate her birthday, with a surprise on the side. Unbeknownst to him, he is going to be offered on a silver platter to Lark as the answer to her dry spell.

This book is a fast pace read that will make you laugh, smile and even shed a few tears. The chemistry between Lark and Shane has it’s ups and downs, but you keep cheering them on toward their journey to an HEA. I highly recommend this book, along with all the others in the series. You can’t go wrong with Tawny Weber’s SEALs.

Was presented a copy by the author for an honest review.

CAMorgan

 

Morgan’s Musings – Double Cover Reveal – Mackenzie Crowne

To Win Her Heart To Win Her Trust

***Double Cover Reveal***
Mackenzie Crowne

For those of you who met Tuck and Max in To Win Her Love, I’m excited to share the covers from their upcoming stories. Both are available for pre-order.

TUCK arrives on 1/5/16 in To Win Her Trust…

Can she trust this player with her heart?

Ever since experiencing a childhood trauma, reclusive artist CC Calhoun has suffered from panic attacks. But when a fateful kiss from handsome wide receiver, Kevin “Tuck” Tucker, is enough to stop one of those episodes cold, she wonders if guarding her heart has been the right choice. Will going on a test date with Tuck open her to trusting someone for the first time in years? Or will she wind up being just another notch in the football player’s bedpost?

Tuck has a reputation for charming women into bed, but after his kiss with CC, he’s left aching for more. When he proposes a second date, his attraction to the sexy blonde looks like the makings of true love—something he’s never quite believed in—until now. But when Tuck discovers CC’s childhood secrets, will the pro athlete be tough enough to stay by her side—or will he betray her hard-earned trust?

Pre-Order Link:
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MAX bursts onto the scene on 4/12/16 in To Win Her Heart.

In order to protect her, they’ll both have to let their guards down…

Country music’s It Girl Jessi Tucker is fed up with her family’s stifling security measures. The threat of a dangerous stalker has gotten the men in her life—including her football star cousin, Tuck Tucker—monitoring her every move. To get the freedom she yearns for, Jessi hatches a plan to recruit Max Grayson, Tuck’s sexy brawler best friend, to play the role of her new boyfriend. But if her scheme works, will she be forced to hide her true romantic feelings for the sake of her independence? Or will she finally steal the heart of her dream man?…

Max has been pining for Jessi for years and would do anything to protect her, but a professional cage fighter with too many skeletons in his closet has no business being with one of America’s sweethearts. Yet while Max does his best to keep Jessi at arm’s length, the Tucker family persuades him to accept her offer.

Max believes he can keep Jessi safe from danger, but can he shelter her from his own dark secrets, the media’s unforgiving spotlight—and a mutual desire that’s harder to resist each day…

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Morgan’s Musings – New Release – Night’s Surrender

Night's Surrender

**** 4 Out Of 5 Stars

NIGHT’S SURRENDER (Children of the Night #7) by Amanda Ashley

Although this was the first book I had read in this series, I was quickly captivated by the writing style of Ms. Ashley and her characters. The book would make a great afternoon read and can be read as a standalone. The story is fast paced with twists and turns along with a spice of humor.

Abbey Marie Cordova is a human among vampires and she is not yet ready to choose the “Dark Gift” although this might change, since meeting Niccola Desanto, a centuries old vampire. Abbey and Nick’s love for each other is intense. His past relationship with Abbey’s Godmother, Mara is a thorn that Abbey and Mara’s husband are not sure they are ready to face. Plus there are vampire hunters aplenty. Along with two laughable vampires, Edna and Pearl, that like mixing portions and checking out the men.

Is Abbey ready to choose being a vampire or will she choose growing old and leaving Nick when she dies? Will Nick find the “cure” for vampirism? With all these things and more, it is a book you will not want to put down until the end. The secondary story lines keep you entertained along with the intrigue, romance and laughter. I highly recommend to those who enjoy the paranormal genre.

Was presented a copy via NetGalley and publisher for an honest review.

CAMorgan

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