Friday, April 20, 2018

#The Best Ever by Deanna Wadsworth Audiobook Blog Tour

Jason Lewis is a self-proclaimed nerdy guy who hates his red hair. Bullied most of his life, at 22 social situations still make him awkward. On a trip to the World Video Game Expo in Las Vegas, Jason decides to enlist the help of Madame Eve in his failed romantic endeavors. While at the con, he runs into sexy, professional baseball pitcher Blake Huntington, the guy he tutored in high school. Blake invites him to a party and after hanging out with his high school crush, Jason begins to regret booking his 1NS "encounter" later that night. But Madame Eve may have planned the best night ever.

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Narrator: Terrence Leonardo

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I used to read the M/F 1Night Stand novellas all the time and had no idea the series had expanded to include M/M stories until a little over a year ago when I bought an audiobook edition of one. So after listening to the sample to make sure I liked the narrator’s voice, I signed up to review the audiobook edition of #The Best Ever and when a new day dawned for Jason and Blake, I was very pleased that I had done so.

Jason was your classic nerd in high school, making him an easy target of bullying. The only bright spot in his sophomore year was that the jock he was tutoring in math wasn’t one of his bullies. In fact, Blake offered to teach one of Jason’s tormentors a lesson – which Jason didn’t take him up on. Fast forward seven years and Jason is on his way to a video game convention in Las Vegas, where he has also made arrangements with Madame Eve for a 1Night Stand encounter. While at the convention, Jason discovers that Blake is there promoting one of the sports video games he is in and he decides to say hi to Blake. Unexpectedly, not only does Blake remember Jason, but he makes a big deal about their reunion and invites Jason to a VIP party that evening. Even though he’s no longer the same timid boy he was in high school, Jason is still full of insecurities and isn’t sure he can hang out with Blake and his friends in a sports bar. But Jason is tired of regretting the things he didn’t do, so he plucks up the courage and heads to meet Blake. After a rocky beginning to the night, the two have a great time and all is well until Blake has to cut out early for a meeting – which works out great because Jason’s 1Night Stand appointment is at the same time. Can you see it coming? They didn’t. At all. And it makes for one really awkward begin to the evening… and left me laughing at them. As expected, Jason and Blake have great chemistry that carries over quite nicely to the bedroom, which makes for a very steamy listen and big decisions to be made the morning after.

This is the first audiobook narrated by Terrence Leonardo that I’ve listened to and I really liked his performance. Leonardo has a pleasant voice and was convincing as both the nerdy Jason and the athletic Blake. Leonardo has an interesting ability to enunciate the words so clearly that they should sound stilted yet does it in a completely conversational manner so that it isn’t stilted at all and the story flows nicely. I feel as though I should mention that there were two or three scenes where the difference in audio quality was apparent, but it wasn’t enough to disrupt my enjoyment of the story or affect my overall rating. I really enjoyed #The Best Ever – including all the hashtags – and look forward to more from both Wadsworth and Leonardo.

DEANNA WADSWORTH might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and will often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes quiet times in her garden when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships has always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

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Life is a Stevie Wonder Song by V.L. Locey Release Blitz

Authors know that their muse is a fickle creature. Best-selling spy novelist Stephen Ramsey has been in a hate-hate relationship with his inspiration for months. When Stephen's publisher lays a legal ultimatum upon him, with a rapidly approaching deadline, he knows he must do something to kick-start his creativity or face the unemployment line. His daughter comes up with a possible answer: a summer camp for the creative soul. With nothing to lose, Stephen packs up his laptop, phonograph and beloved record albums and heads from Greenwich Village to the Catskill Mountains.

There, among a horde of college students attending for extra credits, is Declan Pomeroy, a photographer of fey creatures who is twenty-two years younger than Stephen. The woods are a magical place, and he quickly finds himself falling under the spell of the free-spirited photographer. Confusion wars with desire inside Stephen as he succumbs to the feelings welling up inside. But, sadly, summer camp always has to end. Can a man who has just found himself really leave the person that makes his heart sing?

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I set my sights on the road. Someone called my name. I would know his singsong voice anywhere. I lifted a hand in greeting, my ugly ape feet glued to this fucking spot in the road. Declan bounded down the two stairs, racing toward me. My heart began to hammer behind my ribs. He ran across his freshly mowed lawn wearing a smile as big as the Catskills. I was not prepared for the leap he made at me. I caught him but just barely. He wrapped his arms and legs around me like some sort of invasive vine. His mouth smashed against mine. My knees grew rubbery as my prick roused in my shorts. I cupped his ass with both hands.

"I am so glad to see you," he purred between kisses.

Someone back on the porch shouted. My grip on his backside lessened and he slid to the ground with a pout. "Come meet the guys. We were just talking about you."

"You kids don’t want an old dinosaur breaking up your good times."

"Just stop." Declan grabbed my wrist and tugged me along in his wake. For being so slender, he was a strong little tugboat. The boys on the porch greeted me warmly. They were incredibly similar in style, which, I guess, reflects on the age. Conformity to the current trends is everything when you're young. Each young man wore cargo shorts, low-cut tank tops, Nikes, sunglasses, and ball caps turned backward. Aside from hair coloring all four, and that included Declan—although his ankle bracelet and pink bandana ascot showed a modicum of individuality—were cookie-cutter young males. I was greeted with "Yo" and "'Sup" after Declan introduced me.

He then steered me to the lone seat, a rough Adirondack chair exactly like the one on my porch. I sat. The guys fell back into their conversation about some video game. Declan sat down beside me, his dark head resting on my knee. I trembled violently inside at the gesture. All my bells and whistles were ringing, and yet these kids didn’t seem to pay any attention to the public display of affection. My hand was shaking when I placed it timidly on Declan’s head. His hair was soft as rabbit fur. He sighed blissfully at the contact. Talk flowed around me but I said little. If one did not know my avocation to be a wordsmith, they would think me mute.

About an hour passed. Declan had not moved an inch. My fingers now dallied with his hair. I had learned a great deal about this camp from simply listening. It was an open camp—obviously, since I had registered— but mostly college students used it to pick up an extra credit if they were in any of the arts programs. They had to write papers and turn them in before the fall semester began. If students from across the country did not fill all the bungalows, then they were offered to authors who couldn’t author anymore.

The troupe of artists, actors, and musicians slowly pushed into their skater shoes and ambled off. I was content to sit here forever, stroking Declan’s hair, but I had a few questions for my obsession.

"Why do you need extra credit?" I asked. A honeybee visited the red flowers in Declan’s clay pot. "Didn’t you graduate? You're twenty-two, that should get you a bachelor's degree in fine arts."

His cheek laid on my bare thigh. I felt his heavy exhalation tickle the yellow hairs on my leg. My fingers continued combing.

"I'm a super senior," he said without lifting his head from my leg.

"Do you get fries with that?"

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is short, but so much fun. It is slightly crazy – but that can be love, can't it! I enjoyed it from start to finish – from the love of vinyl (I am with Stephen there), to running around the wood in bare feet (although usually more clothes than Declan), I was enchanted.

The premise of the author who has lost faith in his hero, has lost faith in relationships, and needs a break from the chaos of New York by going out into a wilderness retreat – with his record player et al – is fun. The discovery he makes which changes everything, and yet suddenly makes sense... beautifully written and well, perfect really.

Just go get a copy and enjoy it – it won't take long but expect to be thinking about it for much longer. Thank you, Ms. Locey, for a little gem.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.

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Love Again by Kelly Elliott Blog Tour

Jonathon Turner is going to be the death of me.

Maybe not the death of me… but my panties for sure! They seem to disintegrate the moment he touches me. Looks at me. Smiles at me. Talks to me.

It’s more than physical. He’s breaking through an impenetrable wall.

There’s a problem though—he’s younger than me.

Six. Years. Younger.

Let’s not forget he’s also one of my brother’s best friends.

Oh, the other problem I forgot to mention…

I never wanted to fall in love again.

But you know what they say… never say never.

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I didn’t hear a word that the interior designer was saying. I was focused on the way Jonathon looked in those Wranglers. And his boots. And the freaking black cowboy hat that made his grey eyes stand out. I swallowed hard.

Jesus…could this guy get any hotter?

Jonathon caught my stare from across the room. When he smiled my panties nearly disintegrated. The man had never even touched me, and yet one look from him and I was damn near panting.

Yes, he could get hotter. Christ Almighty.

Before I could stop myself, my tongue ran over my dry lips. Jonathon’s brows rose and his boyishly handsome smile turned into a sexy-as-hell grin. When his eyes smoldered, my breath hitched.

I wiped my brow. Shit, is it hot in here?

Jonathon knew where my dirty little mind had taken me, and I was pretty damn sure his was going in the same direction. I closed my eyes and tried not to picture anything sexy, but failed. Me… up against the wall with him buried deep inside me, giving me a long overdue orgasm.

“Waylynn? Waylynn?” Ann’s voice pulled me from my naughty thoughts.

Popping my eyes open, I cleared my throat. “What? Huh?”

With a sweet smile, Ann repeated the question I had totally tuned out.

“The color scheme. Are you good with it?”

I frowned. What in the heck was she talking about? Color scheme? “Umm.”

The young woman waited patiently, while I stood there with my mouth open like an idiot.

“Color scheme?” I asked with a slight smile.

Ann laughed. “Did you even hear a word I said?”

My eyes darted to Jonathon. He was leaning against a desk in the middle of the room. It was the only piece of furniture that had been left by the previous owners of this space. His arms were now crossed over his massive chest, and he wore a shit-eating grin. Did the man know how freaking handsome he was? That sex appeal dripped off of him?

He winked, and I had to lock my knees to keep from falling.


He knew exactly where my mind had gone, because his was there as well.

Turning back to the interior decorator, I replied, “I’m so sorry. Jonathon was distracting me.”

One quick glance back and Jonathon’s smile vanished, replaced by a shocked expression. “Me?” he asked.

I nodded. “Yes. You.”

Ann was now staring at Jonathon. I could see by the look in her eyes and the way she chewed her lip that she was having similar thoughts. It was obvious by the way she was trying not to look in his direction while she talked. She was probably the same age as he was, and that pissed me off. Then again, I had to remind myself that Jonathon hadn’t been staring at Ann. He’d been staring at me.

“What did I do?” Jonathon asked.

I wanted to say that his hotness was making my panties wet, and the throbbing between my legs was making it hard to think, but I decided it was best to avoid the truth.

“That desk you’re leaning on. I keep wondering why the previous owner left it?”

Jonathon looked down at the desk as Ann asked, “Do you want to keep the desk? It would be beautiful refinished.”

I shrugged. “I’m not sure.”

Jonathon walked around it. “I’m sure we could put this to good use. I can come up with an idea or two.”

His head lifted and his eyes caught mine. I swore they turned as dark as the night sky. I swallowed, trying to ignore the pulse between my legs.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Jonathon and Waylynn's story is beautiful. I started off a little wary of Waylynn, with all of her hang-ups, but once you really got into the story, you found that she was so compassionate and had such fire in her.

Each character's family is a force of nature. They love fiercely and are so loyal. They also make you laugh at their antics.

When tragedy strikes, everyone pulls together to help this couple out. They want this relationship to succeed. You see how Jonathon and Waylynn have to battle the odds of social perception and their own inner turmoil.

This book made me laugh and cry – you'll have an emotional rollercoaster to get through. But I promise, it's worth it in the end. I don't want to write too much, because the slow development of the story is what makes this story so powerful – you get to really see the relationship build and grow.

This is the fourth book in the series, and it is recommended that they are read in order. However, I did enjoy it as a first read. I could tell that there were previous issues and relationships which may have made me understand things more quickly – but I was fine with it as it was.

At the heart of this book is a relationship being built with a strong foundation. I did find some of the journey to be a little repetitive, and their insistence on jumping each other constantly did become a little unnerving at times. There were some difficult issues dealt with in a caring and sometimes slightly religious manner (though not excessively).

I loved the humour and was chuckling frequently at Waylynn's brothers’ antics. I also did shed quite a few tears, although they were basically of joy – but you need to read it yourself to find out why!

Overall a good read, thank you, Ms. Elliott.

Love Again is book four in the Cowboys and Angels series. The series needs to be read in the order the author has intended to get the most out of it.

Love Again is Waylynn Parker's book. Waylynn is the oldest of the Parker kids. She's moved back to her hometown. She's divorced and trying to finally follow her dreams by opening a dance studio in town. Her ex caused her to put a wall around her heart, she's scared her dreams won't come true. When she meets Jonathon, her brother Cord's best friend, there is an instant connection, and with him working on the dance studio, she falls for Jonathon.

Jonathon has been around the Parker family since he was just a boy. When Waylynn comes back to town, she's not the woman he remembers. He wants her instantly. They just fit but Waylynn fights the attraction because he's younger. Waylynn is more worried about what people are going to say about their relationship than giving them an honest try. Jonathon can't keep his mind off of Waylynn. The only thing he can do is convince her that he's the man for her.

I absolutely loved Love Again. I found myself laughing out loud at certain points and wiping tears the next. I love a book that can take you on an emotional ride and pull your heart strings. Ms. Elliott has outdone herself with these Parkers and I can't wait for more!!

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Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

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Say You Won't Let Go by Corinne Michaels – Lexi Blake Crossover Collection Blog Tour

Emily Young had two goals in her life:
1. Make it big in country music.
2. Get the hell out of Bell Buckle.

She was doing it. She was on her way, until Cooper Townsend landed backstage at her show in Dallas.

This gorgeous, rugged, man of few words was one cowboy she couldn’t afford to let distract her. But with his slow smile and rough hands, she just couldn’t keep away.

With outside forces conspiring against them, Cooper hires the McKay-Taggart team to protect her. Emily refuses to let Cooper get hurt because of her. All she wants is to hold onto him, but she knows the right thing to do is to let go...

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“Good morning,” Cooper’s deep voice grumbles against my neck.

“Hi there, cowboy,” I reply, nestling into his body a little deeper. “Sleep good?”

I did. We passed out at some point during the night—fully dressed. I’ve never had so much fun doing nothing before. All we did was talk about everything and anything, and of course, I kissed him—a lot. How could I not? Kissing Cooper feels like coming home. It was full of anticipation, joy, and a feeling of safety that I could just fall if I had to. Cooper was there to catch me all night.

His nose rubs up and down the back of my neck. “I did,” he replies.

His arm snakes around me, tightening and holding me secure. I try to remember that I need to keep myself in check. Yes, this is Cooper Townsend, but at the same time, we live worlds apart. It isn’t smart to get caught up in something that won’t ever be anything more than just this.

Feelings lead to heartbreak. Heartbreak isn’t something I can afford right now.

“What time does the bus leave?”

I flip over to my other side so I can look at him. “Not until tonight. Luke likes to travel at night and see the city we’re in during the day. So, I have all day. Why?”

He smiles while resting his hand on my hip. “Spend the day with me.”

“Coop.” I sigh. We had talked about this last night. That we’d say goodbye in the morning and keep things light. No complications. No promises. Not until the tour was over and I was back in Tennessee. Then, who knows, but I’m all too aware of how easy it would be for me.

“It’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just a day of us hanging out,” he presses.

My eyes narrow slightly, and I pull my lips to the side. “I don’t know. We agreed…”

“Emmy, we have a very looming expiration date. I’m just askin’ my friend to hang out. Besides, what other options do you have?”

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Thriller Romance
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Emily is an up and coming country singer. She is on tour with a very well-known name and sometimes has to pinch herself to believe that she's making it. When an old friend tracks her down, sparks will fly. Cooper has always been handsome, and Emily is not willing to wait any longer when she longs for home and his company.

Cooper is a rancher, but he's always (I think) had a thing for Emily. When he finds himself within driving distance of her, he can't stay away. Together, he finds that just being near her is what he wants but falling in love with her is what happens.

The chemistry and relationship between these two is kind of strange. I wasn't sure if they had a relationship before or if this was a new development. I thought that it was forced and not well explained.

However, with the stalker becoming more and more bold, Cooper needs to make sure that Emily is safe, all the while Emily is trying to protect Cooper.

Overall, this was a fast read, but not my favorite of the ones I've read thus far. It felt very rushed and jumbled together.

This is part of the Masters & Mercenaries crossover series that is being released by a number of super talented authors. I am so happy to be reading these books and reviewing them. I am a huge M&M fan, and this was another great addition to the series.

In this installment we are in musician-on-tour world, where Emily is finally making it big, even if home in the form of Cooper, and her feelings for him, are trying to derail her plans. Then danger seems to follow her around and MacKay-Taggart get involved supplying cover. Everything gets rather dark and the bubbly country singer Emily is at risk. We know that Wade will keep her safe, although at times it seemed close to call. I think that the romance between Emily and Cooper suffered a bit from this being a short novel, and the compromises were tough to fathom. But I shall look forward to the next Return to Me book and hope we catch up with them again.

What has been so much fun has been the completely different assignments that the guys have been on, and how wonderfully well the two worlds have blended together. Thank you so much for this brilliant crossover idea.

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.

After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian Blog Tour

The one you love…

Robert Selby is determined to see his sister make an advantageous match. But he has two problems: the Selbys have no connections or money and Robert is really a housemaid named Charity Church. She’s enjoyed every minute of her masquerade over the past six years, but she knows her pretense is nearing an end. Charity needs to see her beloved friend married well and then Robert Selby will disappear… forever.

May not be who you think…

Alistair, Marquess of Pembroke, has spent years repairing the estate ruined by his wastrel father, and nothing is more important than protecting his fortune and name. He shouldn’t be so beguiled by the charming young man who shows up on his doorstep asking for favors. And he certainly shouldn’t be thinking of all the disreputable things he’d like to do to the impertinent scamp.

But is who you need…

When Charity’s true nature is revealed, Alistair knows he can’t marry a scandalous woman in breeches, and Charity isn’t about to lace herself into a corset and play a respectable miss. Can these stubborn souls learn to sacrifice what they’ve always wanted for a love that is more than they could have imagined?

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“Regardless,” Charity said, “it would be odd if I refused his invitation to join his club. I didn’t drink all that much, and I didn’t lose any money at the tables. I promise that there’s nothing for you to worry about.” At least, nothing more than the usual. “Besides, since when do you object to a gentleman having a bit of harmless fun?”

Louisa stared at her, mouth hanging open. “Charity, you are not
Charity felt herself blush. It wasn’t as if she could protest, but the fact of the matter was that she felt more like a gentleman than she did anything else. Cheeks hot, she said, “You know what I meant.”

They stood there for a moment, regarding one another—Louisa in her white dressing gown and hair in curling papers, Charity in rumpled evening clothes, cravat rakishly askew.

“What are you going to do after I marry, Charity?” Louisa asked, breaking the silence.

“I don’t know.” Charity glanced away from Louisa’s face, taking in the peeling paint on the door frame. “There’s the gamekeeper’s cottage at Fenshawe. I could stay there,” she said, knowing it for a lie.

Louisa wrapped her dressing gown tightly around her. “But we won’t own Fenshawe after Cousin Clifton inherits.”

The “we” was generous. Charity had never owned anything, least of all the estate of Fenshawe. Robbie had owned it. And since it had been entailed, it ought to have passed to his cousin. But when Robbie died, Charity had already been attending Cambridge under his name. Her thoughts muddled by grief and confusion, it didn’t seem so terrible to keep quiet about Robbie’s death and step into his shoes at home as well. The cousin, living in Dorset, could be kept in ignorance.

Sometimes when Charity was having a hard time falling asleep, she tried to think of exactly how many laws she had broken, how many ways she ought to have been hanged or transported. But Robbie had scarcely any property that wasn’t entailed. Louisa, not yet sixteen, would have been destitute and homeless. For the two years since Robbie’s death, they had stinted and scraped together enough money out of the estate’s income to fund this season in London and put together a modest dowry for Louisa. The plan was for Louisa to marry and then they would figure out a way to set things right, to let the cousin inherit and to allow Charity to go back to being herself.

Whoever that was.

“I could live with you, after your marriage,” Charity countered, already knowing that it could never happen.

“You know I'd love nothing more,” Louisa said, and Charity believed it. “But I just realized that whoever I marry will recognize you as my brother. You can’t very well put on a gown and hope nobody notices the resemblance.”

Charity had known that from the beginning. There could be no happy ending to this deception. Even when Robbie was alive and healthy and brash and persuasive, she had understood that if she went to Cambridge in his stead there would be no going back to being plain Charity.

Even if there were, she didn’t want any part of it. There would be no more gowns, no more floors to scrub.

Neither could she continue as Robert Selby one minute longer than strictly necessary. Charity didn’t have the stomach for it.

She would be alone, adrift, with no name and no friends. She would, in fact, be in much the same situation she had been in before arriving at Fenshawe over fifteen years ago. The only difference was that this time her aloneness would be the result of her own choice, a sacrifice she had made to protect the one person who was left to her. She looked fondly at Louisa.

“Charity, where will you go?” Louisa asked with her eyes wide. “What will we do?”

She leaned forward and kissed Louisa on the cheek. “Never mind that, my girl. I have it all in hand,” she lied.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I attempted to read this book from cover-to-cover, and was quite frustrated when I was forced to stop reading to go make dinner, right at the ending, no less.

To clear up any confusion or misunderstandings, I'll preface this review by stating this novel is MF historical romance, featuring a bisexual hero and a heroine who chooses to dress as a male to assume another identity. This is not transgender nor M/M romance. During the commission of the con, Charity finds the identity one in which she identifies with, like putting on a well-worn coat she hadn't realized was her own. 'Robin' was a better fit for Charity, as were the clothing and the freedom she felt. To return to the role of a woman in this era was not a life Charity wished to live.

In the era of primogeniture, Charity assumes the role of her childhood friend – Robbie Shelby – to protect his young sister. With his death, Charity wasn't thinking of her own welfare, but that of her 'sister.' Charity wished to protect the girl, wishing the beauty to have an advantageous marriage. If she hadn't assumed the role, a cousin would take control of their estate, leaving them both on the street.

At the start of the novel, Alistair was a stuffy, uptight Marquess. While it fit perfectly with the times, there's a lack of compassion and empathy, which made liking Alistair difficult to begin with. He didn't see the children his father had with a mistress as his sisters, while treating his full-blooded brother as a sibling. This was hard to swallow for me, as if his father had no say in the matter of making three illegitimate daughters, Alistair blaming the mistress and her daughters for their existence.

Obviously Alistair's character growth throughout the novel is a major facet of the premise.

The chemistry between Alistair and Charity sparks immediately, showing a different side of Alistair as he appreciates the intimacy and affection of another male in the role of friendship, one where societal influence over how to treat a woman wouldn't affect their budding friendship/relationship. This was sweet, because Alistair wasn't an easy man to befriend, proving how easily the couple came together. They just 'fit.'

As for the romance, it was slow-burn with the secrets and lies between them but ignited brightly with realism. There are other relationships riding shotgun – that of the sister, as well as the familial connection Alistair slowly builds with his sisters and their mother.

Angst, frustration, secrets and lies, sweet affection, scorching intimacy, and an intriguing premise of a woman assuming the life of a male, these threads wove together to create an addictive page-turner. The only thing better would've been if the author had thrown in a kitten...

Highly recommend to historical romance readers, both mainstream and LGBTQ, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment.

Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn't reading or writing, she's doing crossword puzzles, bird watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.

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