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So…I read this book

Happy Sunday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited :) I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I read just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board :) And in fair warning, I have to let you know I’m on a huge reading binge right now, so I might be posting several books in the upcoming weeks.

Today, I’d like to share Letters at Christmas, an historical novella written by Amber Lin that is available for only .99.

MY REVIEW:

This is the first book I’ve read by author Amber Lin. I was first drawn into the story by the beautiful beginning to the 1st chapter, and happy to find each chapter began with a little snippet even better than the chapter before. Very beautifully written pieces. As I read, it was easy to detect what each of those snippets were, and that made me enjoy them more.

Ms. Lin has a beautiful way of writing. She draws you into the scene with all five senses. Her descriptions are so well written, and her love scenes are sweet and erotic at the same time.

I really liked Sidony. She had a teasing quality to the way she handled Hale, even though she was angry over the fact that he’d stayed away longer than promised, and that he didn’t write as he’d promised. And Hale, let’s just say he is one of the sweetest, sexiest heroes. His depth of feeling for Sidony was well done. The love that this pair felt for each other was so strong, and you could feel it in every scene they shared. I’ve always been a sucker for a good reunion type story and I wasn’t disappointed.

And even though this story has Christmas in the title, it’s one of those sweet stories that can be read any time of the year. I really enjoyed the Christmas songs littered throughout the story as well—I wanted to break out the Christmas music and join the festivities.

This novella was packed with everything needed to help you connect with the characters, get to know them and their reasons for traveling the paths they did, and to root for them to work things out. I enjoyed this quick read—it was the perfect way to wind down after a busy day.

BLURB:

London, 1815 Three London Seasons. Three Christmases come and gone. Jilted Sidony Harbeck is done waiting for the inconstant Captain Hale Martin to return. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter. Now the scoundrel has returned, professing his love and a thoughtless bet to woo her, but she only wants him to suffer. After three years at sea, Hale finally has the means to marry his best friend’s sister and the love of his life. But he only has three days to convince her of his devotion because he stupidly proposes a wager – he’ll convince Sidony to marry him by Christmas or he’ll leave her alone forever. When Hale sets out to seduce her, the stakes are raised by a passion so intense that Sidony must risk her heart no matter the odds.

Previously published in A Very Scandalous Holiday Anthology

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Information:

Title: Letters at Christmas
Author: Amber Lin
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 59 pages, novella
Release Date: July 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62266-743-7
Imprint: Scandalous

 

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Saturday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited :) I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I enjoy just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board :)

Today, I’d like to share Playing Doctor by Jan Meredith.

MY REVIEW:

This little novella is a fun, hot read.

I liked the fact that the heroine Beth had an older son and that her and the hero were older as well….33 and 36. Beth also had an interesting background that lent a lot of reality to her reasoning in not thawing her heart in the interest of love…

Until…

Dr. Gabe North. I can sum him up in one word. YUM!

This guy is sex on legs. Smexy dialogue, smexy ponytail, smexy humor.

Just.

Sexy.

He has a few issues from his past as well that bar him from moving on with his future. But both of them work together to overcome their issues.

I enjoyed the dialogue and between Gabe and Beth. Sometimes fun and humorous, and sometimes reflective and serious. A nice range to get the feel for each of them and how their pasts have molded their present. I also liked their attraction…very natural and believable.

Even though this was a novella, it wasn’t lacking in character development or plot.

I enjoyed my little break from reality with this fast paced read, the delicious love scenes, and the book overall.

BLURB:

One night with a sexy stranger is just what the doctor ordered…

When a fellow RN predicts Beth Roberts will meet a tall, ripped, and totally lick-o-licious stranger who will fulfill her deepest desires, she laughs it off. Given her tragic love life, Beth has no desire to become involved again. But who could have predicted the doctor with the mischievous smile she meets at a wedding, or the chemistry sparking between them that threatens to break through her defenses?

Dr. Gabriel North spent two years blaming himself for his wife’s death. Having finally battled through the guilt and overcome his demons, he’s ready to move on. When he meets a sexy nurse at his friend’s wedding, the attraction is swift and strong, and he wastes no time in pressing his advantage. One night with the woman who makes him feel alive again isn’t enough, but gaining Beth’s trust is going to take more than seduction…

Information:

Title: Playing Doctor
Author: Jan Meredith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 123 pages
Release Date: November 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-407-8
Imprint: Brazen

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ ~ Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman ~ GIVEAWAY

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A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.

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Excerpt

 

“Hey. Sorry about losing you.”

“You didn’t lose me. I left.”

That she did. “Can I come in?”

She hesitated a moment. “Uh, sure.” She stepped aside and he entered the large room with an ocean view. The sliding French door was open, and the gravitational pull of the beach led him to the patio.

“Nice view,” he said over his shoulder.

“It really is. This is the nicest place I’ve ever stayed at. Not that I’ve stayed in very many places.” She came up beside him, and her cinnamon sugar scent teased him.

He wanted to taste her. Eat her up.

“Is this your first time seeing the ocean, too?”

“Yes,” she whispered like she was embarrassed about it. “And I’m sorry I didn’t tell you that before our lesson the other day.”

“No apology necessary. I’m pretty impressed you did what you did.”

“Really?” Delight wiped out her shame, coaxing big-ass smiles out of them both.

“You’re a lot tougher than you look.” He turned his head toward the ocean, afraid that if he looked only at her, he’d do something stupid. Bikini-clad women dotted the beach, but not one sparked his interest like the woman next to him. Especially now that pink colored her cheeks. He wanted to take her full bottom lip between his teeth, kiss her, slip his tongue inside her mouth, and once he’d had his fill, lick his way down her body until—

“What about you?” She curled up on one of the cushioned patio chairs.

“What about me?” He took the other seat, stretching his legs out and situating himself for an easy view of the beach through the iron slats of the patio railing.

“How would people describe you?”

Her question drew his undivided attention. “Depends on who you ask.” He smirked. “Women and men have very different opinions of me.” The sun glittered off her auburn hair, casting a radiant halo. “All good, mind you.”

She rolled her eyes. “Do you ever get tired of it?”

“It?”

“The fame. Being recognized everywhere you go. Having to always wear a certain image.”

His heart beat a little faster. The image he shared with the world was far from the guy his family and close friends knew. He got the feeling from Sophie’s warm, interested eyes that she really wanted to know what made him tick. In his world, women only wanted to know how to get in his board shorts, so it took him a minute to process her curiosity.

And damn if it didn’t bother him that she apparently didn’t want in his pants.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/08/keeping-mr-right-now-kisses-in-sand-1.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22392984-keeping-mr-right-now?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Keeping-Mr-Right-Entangled-Bliss-ebook/dp/B00M65AWEG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406670545&sr=1-1&keywords=keeping+mr.+right+now

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/keeping-mr-right-now-robin-bielman/1120020746?ean=9781633750562

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/keeping-mr-right-now

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/keeping-mr.-right-now/id903771892?mt=11

 

Author Info

USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and one crazy-cute dog who loves to chew on everyone’s socks. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, eat cupcakes, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

She loves to connect with readers. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com

 Robin

Author Links

Website: http://robinbielman.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/RobinBielmanWriter

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RobinBielman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5825070.Robin_Bielman

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*Robin is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for $15.00 eGift Card Winner’s Choice Retailer*

***CLICK HERE TO ENTER***

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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Special Guest Sarah Ballance author of The Marriage Agenda

Hello Readers! Please help me welcome good friend, author extraordinaire, and girl with a new release Sarah Ballance! Sarah is a talented writer and her newest release, which officially hits shelves tomorrow 8/18/2014 is a MUST READ book. I’ve read it from cover to cover and I know once you check out one of Sarah’s books you’ll be hooked. She has an amazing way of putting words together to tell a story. And, the book is also getting AMAZING pre-release reviews on Goodreads. Congrats Sarah!!!

Now, let’s move on to the cover! LOVE. THIS. COVER. So much so I had to put it into the post twice…lol

Yes, I’m having a major fan-girl moment and the best part is that it’s for a good friend :)

Take it away Sarah and congrats on your latest release with Entangled Publishing!!! ***throwing confetti***

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Every now and then a book will catch people by surprise. I’m guessing it’s not so often that the person in question is the author, but as I sit here still somewhat dazed by the fact that my name somehow found itself on the cover of this book, I am SO that person.

I. Am. On. The. Floor.

Truth is, the publication of this book is more than just a dream realized…it’s a whole bunch of milestones crammed into one totally amazing package that has pretty much changed my writing life. Here’s why.

1. The Marriage Agenda practically starts off with sex. I have never started a book with sex before, and I’ve never had a single encounter last more than one chapter. (ERMAGERD.) But what I really love is what happens between Knox and Chloe is SO THEM. It’s not a meaningless event, and it’s not something that would happen to anyone else. It belongs to these characters, and it wrote itself. I never knew sex could do that. I never knew *I* could, and it feels SO GOOD.

2. Speaking of sex, ever since I was introduce to the term “purple prose” (think Fabio-esque 80s bodice rippers and phrases such as love tool and gilded pleasure sleeve) I have had a secret desire to sneak one such phrase into one of my books. And y’all, I DID. My favorite purple prose ever is within the pages of The Marriage Agenda, and I smile every time I think of it. J (And lest you think my editor was asleep on the job, let me assure you it was not said in a moment of passion. It was more of a well-flung insult, but hey, it’s there!)

3. I have never, ever made so many changes to a book without killing it. The first draft of The Marriage Agenda was a novella and bears little resemblance to the published version, save for the opening scene and subsequent encounter (which initially had a completely different ending). Even after I lengthened the story, I had to rearrange several scenes. This is significant because I have never before made sweeping changes to a manuscript, much less cohesively. This was one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a writer, and as such, it stands as one of my biggest accomplishments.

4. This book is ME. Not in the literal sense (my 17-year marriage isn’t likely to make the pages of a romance novel, lol), but the snark and humor and banter and ALL THE THINGS represent my real life voice. For once I stopped worrying what people would think and I just wrote…and you know what? I freaking love the results. And being able to admit that is my biggest accomplishment of them all.

 

THE MARRIAGE AGENDA – only 99 cents for a limited time

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There’s a scandal brewing in Washington…

 

Knox Hamilton wants his father’s recently vacated Senate seat, but the only way his conservative constituents are going to vote for Knox is if he loses his playboy reputation. Which means Knox needs a wife. There’s only one woman with whom he’s willing to share his life, but after the way he broke things off with her, will she give him another chance?

Chloe Lochlan’s job is on the line. If she doesn’t grab a big headline, she’ll be ousted from her gig at the major newspaper where she works as a reporter. Knox’s offer of marriage chills her to the bone. He already crushed her heart once and she has no intention of letting it happen again. But being with him gives her the kind of access to top tier social events rarely granted to media, access that could land her the story of a lifetime. When the truth she uncovers threatens to destroy the man she still loves, will she bury the story…or his career?

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  • Title: THE MARRIAGE AGENDA
  • Author: Sarah Ballance
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Release Date: August 18, 2014
  • ISBN 13: 9781633750524
  • Available format(s): ebook

Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly.

FIND THE AUTHOR HERE:   @SarahBallance     Facebook      Website     Good Reads     Pinterest

Excerpt

“I’ve never kissed anyone in the rain.”

Chloe swallowed. “Maybe you’ve never found the right person.”

His gaze fell to her lips. “Maybe I have.”

“We are two hours from home and it’s officially pouring. Don’t even think about it.”

He stood, pulling her up with him. “Is that a refusal?”

“It’s common sense.”

“Common sense is not actually wanting a splinter in your foot.” He maneuvered her near the railing, where a few errant drops found their way through the greenery and splattered the floor boards. “How’s this?”

She didn’t answer, which was apparently answer enough. He tugged her closer. For an endless moment, he did nothing but look. Then he threaded his fingers through her hair and leaned down, kissing her so softly she wondered if she had imagined the pressure, but there was no denying the effects. Her pulse raced, her heart stumbled, and her hands shook. Chill bumps pebbled her bare arms. Just the rain. But it wasn’t, and she knew it.

“Live up to your expectations?” she murmured.

The water weighted the rose branches and filled the blooms. “I know the home-and-garden gig was a bit of a blow to you,” he said softly, ignoring her question, “but it’s not so far from who you are. Is it?”

Chloe stared at him, surprised by his conclusion. How had she never seen it? She didn’t answer him.

She couldn’t.

He brushed back her hair and smiled. “Ready to go home?”

She looked around at the house. The porch. The storm.

The man she loved.

Words escaped her, emotion choking her. She nodded.

He took her hand and led her to the steps. The rain fell heavily, and they’d left the windows down. It would be a wet ride home.

“Ready to make a run for it?”

She nodded again, and despite her bittersweet emotions, she couldn’t help but laugh when they jumped and the lukewarm water sluiced over her. They ran to the car, holding hands like kids, and were within a few feet of its shelter when Knox stopped and drew her around. Before she’d managed the first word of protest, his mouth was on hers. Rain sheeted, soaking them both, but in the circle of his arms, Chloe didn’t care. He cradled her head with one hand and the small of her back with the other, pulling her closer as he deepened the kiss. Breathless moments passed. When they broke free, neither one moved. Then he kissed her again, slowly and gently, despite the torrent, and his smile was genuine.

Even with the wet hair and clothes plastered to his skin, he couldn’t have looked any better. The reason didn’t hit her at first, but then that crooked grin traced his lips and she knew. For the first time since he’d left her months earlier, Knox Hamilton had taken a step far more important than inviting her into his world.

He’d fit into hers.

 

 

 

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My books are on tour…follow along and comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card

Tour-Banner-Blurb-Blast-Christine-WarnerHey wonderful readers! I am making the rounds for a blurb blast tour featuring the blurbs from my three books…Some Like it in Handcuffs, Two-Timing the Boss, and Bachelor’s Special. Follow along and comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card :)

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman ~ ON SALE NOW FOR .99

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Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too-handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.

As a world-renowned extreme-sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?

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**The Book will be on Sale for $.99 for a Limited Time**

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Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/02/now-booking-tasty-book-blast-for.html

 

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CK52XB2/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00CK52XB2&linkCode=as2&tag=ramfrothichi-20

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kissing-the-maid-of-honor-robin-bielman/1115290477?ean=9781622660889&isbn=9781622660889

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kissing-the-maid-of-honor/id642292859?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/Kissing-the-Maid-of-Honor/dBsoxX6hkEyRAI7YiUlztQ

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Author Info

Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry (named after Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books). When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and café mochas. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

She writes contemporary and paranormal romance and loves to connect with readers. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com. She can also be found online here:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/RobinBielmanWriter

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RobinBielman

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/robinbielman

 

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HISTORICAL SPOTLIGHT ~ The Duke’s Quandary by Callie Hutton

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She’ll never belong in his world, but he cannot resist her.

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London 1814…

Drake, Duke of Manchester is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love.

Socially awkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn’t meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture. She’ll never fit in with the ton, especially if they discover she’s been pretending to be a man within the scientific community.

As Drake’s family makes over Penelope, turning her from naive bluestocking to enchanting debutante, he is put upon to introduce her to society and eligible bachelors. Despite dance lessons and new gowns, Penelope is the opposite of poised and sophisticated as she stumbles from one mishap to the next. Why then, does he find it so hard to resist her?

EXCERPT:

Drake bounded down the steps. It was unfortunate that Mother’s propensity for rescuing hopeless strays extended to women as well as animals.

He scanned the immediate area, and at first it appeared Miss Clayton had vanished into thin air. Then a slight movement up ahead caught his eye, and he hurried forward. “Miss Clayton, please stop.”

She came to a halt and spun around, taking in great gulps of air. “Please, Your Grace, just let me return to Devonshire. I really do not want to be here.” Her shaky fingers wiped tears from her cheeks, leaving behind a smudge of dirt.

As he grew closer, he could see her squinting, most likely in an attempt to view him since her spectacles were still on the floor in the entrance hall. She gripped her bundle close to her chest, her teeth chattering, whether from the damp night or nerves, he couldn’t tell. But the slight moon reflected her paleness, leaving him wondering if she would swoon any moment.

“We must return to the house.” He reached to grasp her elbow, but she yanked it away.

“No. I don’t belong here, and I just want to go home.” She hiccupped, her huge green eyes pleading with him. Something deep and feral in him softened. The poor girl looked scared to death. And he was sure his rudeness hadn’t helped.

“Please,” he held out his hand. “I wish to apologize for any discomfort I may have caused you. Won’t you return with me to the house? The night air is chilling, and I’m sure you could do with a cup of tea. I know I could.”

She continued to shiver as she stared at him. Apparently coming to a decision, she stiffened her spine, swiped at her tears, and gave him a slight smile. “Yes. A cup of tea would be most welcomed. Thank you.”

Amazed at her quick transformation, he held out his arm and she placed a delicate, albeit, dirty, hand on his sleeve. He tried very hard not to wince, and led her back to the house.

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Below is a review that Callie received for The Duke’s Quandry.

I really enjoyed The Duke’s Quandary. If you’ve already read The Elusive Wife, then you already know Drake, the Duke, who’s story this is. If you haven’t, then that’s ok, you’ll meet Drake here. He’s now a Duke, who’s looking for the perfect Duchess. 
If you haven’t read anything by Callie Hutton yet, welcome to a world of wonderful characters, who may not quite fit in with the haute monde. Of smart women. Of people who have and are aware of both their strengths and weaknesses. And of looking for what you think you want, and finding out what you really want.

I would read this book again, and can hardly wait for the next!  Reader: Teresa Williams

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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