Duelling Romance

The Duke of Danger Darcy Burke (#6 The Untouchables)

I love this fun, cheeky and quirky series, it’s just terrific.  Everything you’d expect from Darcy Burke – great characterisation, cracking pace and historical understanding.

The premise of this story is that the hero has killed someone in a duel.  I have to admit I struggled with this aspect, I can’t find guns and duelling honourable.  And even more so the flimsy excuses for such deplorable actions.

Having said that once I got into the story, I really loved it. Axminster was a flawed but quite gorgeous hero, and Emmaline was complex but ultimately likeable.  I really liked how she focussed on making herself independent. This really gave him a chance to shine.  So sweet and believable.

And then the romance – yummy!  The cover kind of says it all. Hot and bothered!!!

I loved all the glimpses of characters from the other books in the series only I kept forgetting who was who. So, I really wish the author would add in a who’s who at the end of the book.

Thank you netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review


Not so Forbidden


The Forbidden Duke Darcy Burke out 15th March

I’m struggling to say anything beyond this is absolutely and totally adorable.

The best kind of read – simple, charming and engaging. You won’t put it down to the end and even then you’ll be looking for more.

Two gorgeous characters get a second chance at life, love and happiness. And for once there’s no dilly dallying – “does she or doesn’t she?” “Would he or wouldn’t he?” – whole chapters can be devoted to the inability to communicate. Not here. Thank goodness.

Bring on The Duke of Daring – let’s hope he’s half as gorgeous!

Thank you to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review.


Shopping up a storm

Valentine by Heather Grothaus (out on June 23rd)

The concept of my other half taking me shopping or indeed knowing how to shop intrigues or even astounds me.  If only he’d buy me boots and dresses that fit perfectly, or even fix a picnic, and least of all deal with merchants!  It seems that he’s very much a man of his own time, yet a few centuries back he’d have relished the male role of shopping.  Ladies – what on earth happened?

You may wonder, why I lament a modern man’s ability to shop?

I blame Valentine!  Heather Grothaus’ new hero shops up a storm!  He can also ride, sail a raft, secure lodgings, mix poisons, speak a myriad of languages and sketch beautifully.  The man is everything a hero should be and then some.  I’ve yet to mention his charm and cheeky smile.  Any man who can shop like he can is a talented man; this is one multi talented gent.  And then there are pirates…. (seriously! Johnny Depp you are not needed!)

If this is historical romance, then Ms Grothaus is rewriting the definition.  Its an adventure story, with huge dollops of history and culture and a side order of romance and redemption!  And I loved it.

The writing is fast paced with a mixture of intriguing characters and real historical scenes.  Whilst, you know the next adventure is coming you’ve no idea what it will be and how they’ll get out of it (if indeed they will).  Travelling pre-passports never seemed so good!

Valenteen – take me shopping and I’ll follow you to the ends of the earth!  And I promise no seasickness!

Thanks to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review. Valentine is published on the 23rd of June – book 1 in the Brotherhood of Fallen Angels.