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Miss Merry’s Christmas


by Callie Hutton

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Publisher’s Description:

England, 1817

David Worthington, Duke of Penrose is not happy with the American governess his new wards have arrived with. He especially dislikes his attraction to the insufferable woman, and is anxious for her replacement to arrive.

Meredith Chambers is thrilled when the Dowager Duchess Penrose hires her as her companion. Now she can stay with her beloved charges. But can she ignore how her heart thumps when the pompous duke gets close?

Two people determined to ignore each other despite the pull between them, and the sparks that fly when they’re together.

My Thoughts:

This is a sometimes funny, touching and well written novella by Callie Hutton.

Merry comes to England from America as the governess of two young girls who have recently lost their previous governess to an illness that took her life.
After several years employed by the girls parents she becomes the one person left to them after the tragic deaths of both parents. They do however have a guardian and she accompanies the girls to his home only to have him decide she would not make a suitable governess for the girls.
Now she is likely unemployed until his mother steps in and hires her as her companion. What ensues is highjinks and a developing love from a man who has never nor feels he will ever feel such emotions.
This is a well thought out story with well developed characters in spite of the short novel length of this book.
I would give this book 4.5 of 5 stars for storyline and characterization and 3 of 5 flames for heat.

Although there is only one sexually physical scene in this story it is quite heated.
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Scarlet Suffragette, Book 1

A Victorian Historical Romantic Suspense Series

by Nicola Claire

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Nicola Claire’s captivating new Gothic romance series introduces a dark and sinister early settler New Zealand at the end of the nineteenth century – brightened by a fearless and talented heroine and a loyal and secretive police inspector…

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51psv5ulholFree spirit. Brilliant. A Liability?

Doctor Anna Cassidy has been trained by the best; the former Chief Surgeon for the Auckland Police Force. She knows how to dissect a body. She knows how to treat any ailment. And she knows how to find a cause of death.

But society is not ready for a female surgeon.

Fighting for what she believes in has been ingrained in Anna since she was a young child. But the battles she faces now are not all based on equality. A murderer stalks her fellow Suffragettes and the police inspector in charge of the case could be Anna’s downfall.

Experienced. Dedicated. Something to hide?

Inspector Andrew Kelly holds duty and honour in the highest regard. His role as a detective proves just that; he never stops until justice is served. Love is something he has forsaken, for reasons he’d rather you didn’t know.

But Anna is not a woman a man can ignore.

Fighting his instincts with cold determination is something Kelly has become accustomed to. But a murderer is loose in his adopted city, bringing memories to the fore of a killer who walked in the shadows of Whitechapel, and shining light on a dark past the Inspector is trying hard to forget.

A gritty, twisted, and authentic Victorian romantic suspense, sure to rip you apart… just like old Jack.

This is not your average historical romance. You’ll find no bad-boy earl deflowering his virgin lady here.
It’s gritty and twisted, authentic and a little dark. It’s Whitechapel meets early settler New Zealand, Jack The Ripper mixed up with Suffragettes.It’s the type of historical romance I’ve always wanted to read, butcould never find.

It’s real. It’s Victorian. It’s shocking.

It’s the true and sometimes devastating vagaries of love.

And like Jack, it will rip you apart in the end.

But it is a love story… mixed up with a whole lot of mystery and death.

Louisiana History Collection

Volume 1

Louisiana History Boxed Sets

by Jennifer Blake

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Romance ignites amidst the tumult of a territory striving to find its identity as it passes from pre-colonial rule to US statehood and beyond. Parts 1 and 2 of the Louisiana History Collection present these lush, politically tense historical romances in chronological order.

Reynaud, half Natchez Indian, requires that Elise share his bedroll in exchange for saving her friends during an uprising. Widowed after a brutish marriage, Elise fears intimacy more than the Natchez. How can she view Reynaud as an enemy after his tender introduction to love?

Cyrene rescues a handsome rake from drowning for the sake of his silver lace. In return, she requests he relieve her of her tiresome virginity. She expects to be her own woman afterward…but fails to reckon with René’s skill or her own lonely heart.

Félicité despises the Irish colonel who marches into New Orleans with the Spanish conquerors; pride demands she escape from his beguiling embrace. Will he let her go, or follow into the trap of a pirate’s lair?

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by Jennifer Blake

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Blockade runners, soldiers and gamblers: Men of adventure who live hard and love harder, yet still crave the one thing these determined heroines have left to give. Three complete bestselling novels by one of the genre’s true greats.

Despair sends Lorna into the arms of a daring blockade runner in a deserted house, while Ramon’s caresses are driven by retribution. Forced together during a harrowing flight from war-torn Louisiana, they discover the heart’s-ease of passion–but can they escape the danger that awaits them on the high seas?

Eleanora is a respectable lady, widow of a Spanish grandee, former angel of mercy to the wounded in war-ravaged Central America–and keeper of a precious secret. She was also once the mistress of Colonel Grant Farrell. And the hardened soldier is coming for her….

Serena never planned to wind up a gambler’s woman and the toast of a gold rush town. Ward is beguiled by her innocence, but too scarred by the past to offer more than protection. Will their fragile bond survive as murder and madness close in around them?

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