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A Duke Like No Other - My Review

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Take one grumpy exacting spymaster and one fiercely independent woman, put them together and what happens? Sparks fly, emotions surface, and everything changes. That is the premise of this gem of a novel called A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman.  This is not my first Valerie Bowman book and, after reading, most definitely won't be my last! It all starts off with General Mark Grimaldi and the promotion to spymaster that he has been working towards for years. He is the grandson of a Duke, but few know that since his mother was ostracized and disowned when she married Mark's father, an Italian Catholic. One last thing that he needs before he's handed his promotion is to show himself to be a family man. Enter Nicole Huntington, his estranged wife. They've been living separate lives for years. Mark has been in England crafting his spy skills while Nicole has been in France living a contented life over there. So Mark journeys to France to convince Nicole to come back t…

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Author Bio: VALERIE BOWMAN grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzer, Huckleberry. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is the author of the Secret Brides and Playful Brides series.




Summary:
First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it’s the other way around. . .

General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman’s title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There’s only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanti…

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Meet the Author:
Stacy is an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. She especially loves romance and adores writing about people falling in love. Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (out loud). She has a warrior way, never give up on her dreams. When Stacy is not writing, she spends a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with her love.

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For years, Daphne Wentworth, Countess Carrington has loved her powerful, enigmatic husband, despite the fact that they married under less than ideal circumstances. But no more. Finally at her breaking point, Daphne intends to create a scandal so big, her austere husband will have no choice but to divorce her. Except everything goes awry when he surprises her with the last thing she expected.
Sylvester Wentworth, Earl of Carrington, has returned to London…

Good Night, Sweet Prince...Now His Watch Is Ended

Hello my lovely readers,

It has been many months since I last posted. In fact I will be honest and say, I completely forgot about reading books and writing this blog, for a very long time. Much has happened since I last wrote. While there were many little things that ate up my time, I experienced a big and heartbreaking loss in my life. After a brief but excruciating battle with cancer, I lost my wonderful father two days before Christmas. This has been the most heartbreaking loss I have ever had in my life so far. I always knew I would have to bury my parents someday, I just never planned on it being so soon. My dad was only 65, but cancer has no discrimination when it chooses its targets. It happened over such a short period of time, that I couldn't wrap my head around his sickness, before he was just, gone. Now the wonderful, funny, kind, brilliant man I had the honor and pleasure of calling my Dad, is gone from my life forever. My brain still refuses to accept that he is truly…

Casual Affair - Blog Tour Promo

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Meet the Author:
Melanie grew up in a small town in rural Missouri. After marrying her husband, she decided she wanted to try coastal life. A few months later, they moved to North Carolina where she discovered her passion for writing, and they never looked back.

Melanie’s other passion is traveling and seeing the world. With anthropology degrees under their belts, she and her husband have made it their goal in life to see as many archaeological sites around the world as possible.

She has a horrible food addiction to pasta and candy (not together…ew). And she gets sad when her wine rack is empty.

At the end of the day, she is a true romantic at heart. She loves writing the cheesy and corny of romantic comedies, and the sassy and sexy of suspense. She aims to make her readers swoon, laugh out loud, maybe sweat a little, and above all, fall in love.
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Bea Paxton is a free spirit. She loves her fledgling interior design business, h…

The Duke Meets His Match - My Review

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As many of you know, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book in the entire world.  I have read it more than ten times and I never tire of revisiting it!  In my opinion, Jane Austen was the greatest romance writer of all time.  The struggle between Mr. Darcy and Lizzie Bennett is one of the best known and greatly enjoyed battle of wills in all literature. Many writers attempt to emulate Jane Austen's writing and most come up short.  However, the conflict between the main characters in The Duke Meets His Match by Tina Gabrielle, strongly reminded me of P&P and I absolutely loved this book!
Chloe Somerton is the youngest daughter of an infamous art forger, who was well known throughout London and who swindled many of the elite upper class.  She and her two sisters opened and ran a printing shop after their father abandoned them.  Chloe however, was a sickly child and her medicine was very expensive, so she would pick the pockets of the wealthy, and sell her stolen goods in order…

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Meet the Author:
Tina Gabrielle, an Amazon best-selling author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. She is the author of adventurous Regency historical romances: A Spy Unmasked, At The Spy’s Pleasure, In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Entangled Publishing and Kensington Books. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews. Tina loves to hear from readers. Please visit her website to join her newsletter and enter her free monthly contests and giveaways.

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The daughter of an infamous art forger, Chloe Somerton grew up poor. Desperate to aid her s…