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Earl of Exile by Tammy Andresen – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Earl of Exile by Tammy Andresen to review.

Earl of Exile by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Exiled from his family… can she give his heart a new home?

The Earl of Exmouth knows what type of woman he wants. A nice Scottish lass that will heal the wounds in his family. In fact, his aunt has already chosen his Scot bride. The problem? A dark haired, sharp tongued, devil of an English debutante won’t leave him be. What’s a man to do but kiss her quiet? Turns out, that’s only the beginning of his troubles.

Lady Diana Chase has no intention of marrying any man, especially not the large Scot with a deep brogue and penchant for meddling in her business. And when he steps too far and puts his lips on hers…well that’s perfectly dreadful. Or perfectly wonderful…she hasn’t decided yet. Perhaps Diana will need another kiss to decide…

This is the third title in the Regency Romance Lords of Scandal series, but works well as a stand-alone read. Each book focusses on one of the five Chase sisters / cousins along with one of the lords who all own a share in a secret gaming den that the ladies had discovered. Initially each lord was keeping an eye on a Chase lady to ensure she was trustworthy, but as the stories progress, the watch is now to ensure the ladies are safe from the Countess of Abernath.

So Callum, the Scottish Earl of Exmouth has been watching over Lady Diana Chase but he is also very attracted to her, so he steals a kiss. What does Diana think about that?

But what about Fiona, Callum’s fiancée, whom he has never met, chosen by his aunt after this cousin Ewan died? Things are getting tangled.

Meanwhile we discover that Lady Abernath is likely to strike again having been thwarted by Diana’s sister Emily eloping with Jack. Who will be targeted this time?

Earl of Exile is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.58 in Kindle format. Once again, another nice light short romantic story from Tammy.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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The Wicked Earls Club by Tammy Andresen and Maggie Dallen – book review

I have read and enjoyed quite a lot of books by Tammy Andresen, so when I spotted that this one was free on Amazon, I downloaded myself a copy.

The Wicked Earls Club by Tammy Andresen and Maggie Dallen

Here is the book blurb.

Meet twelve of the most wickedly sinful earls in all of Regency England. Together they make up the Wicked Earls’ Club. A secret group, marked with a single golden W; it is a place where these deliciously devious earls can indulge in their darkest desires. Though fate may have something else planned for them entirely.
Read twelve standalone novellas as each wicked earl finds love and redemption.
This is the prologue only. Each title will be on sale on all major retailers.
The Earl of Sussex by Tammy Andresen
Earl of Westcliff by Meara Platt
Earl of Wainthrope by Collette Cameron
Earl of Sunderland by Aubrey Wynne
Earl of Basingstoke by Aileen Fish
Earl of Weston by Anna St. Claire
Earl of Davenport by Maggie Dallen
Earl of Grayson by Amanda Mariel
Earl of Benton by Madeline Martin
Earl of Pembroke by Lauren Smith
Earl of St. Seville by Christina McKnight
Earl of Harrington by Dawn Brower

The Wicked Earls Club series is different to most, in that the titles are written by different authors. The common theme is that each is about a Wicked Regency Earl. Initially it was going to be one book per author, but I have previously read two titles by Tammy The Earl of Sussex and The Earl of Dryden. I hadn’t read any from the other authors though.

So this short 34 page book is a prologue to the other titles and we see how the married Earl of Coventry who runs the Wicked Earls Club is actually planning to match-make for the other earls under his wing. All the wicked earls would be horrified if they realised. Only a few of them get a mention in this prologue, but with a particular emphasis on The Earl of Sussex and The Earl of Davenport and the Earl of Harrington.

Having already read The Earl of Sussex, it was nice to go back and read this prologue but certainly not necessary, as each Wicked earl title is a stand-alone read.

The Wicked Earls Club is available on Amazon, currently free in Kindle format. A short light romantic read from Tammy Andresen and Maggie Dallen.


About Tammy Andresen

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

Website – http://www.tammyandresen.com

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Marquess of Malice by Tammy Andresen – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Marquess of Malice by Tammy Andresen to review.

Marquess of Malice by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

He’s known as the Marquess of Malice…can one little lady warm his dark heart?

Malice, as his friends and fellow gaming hell owners call him, doesn’t have room in his life for love. He’ll take a quiet bride, make an heir, and ship her off to the country. He’s picked the perfect little mouse for the job. The problem? When Malice asks her to marry him, Lady Cordelia refuses. Has she no sense? Any debutante would be happy to catch a marquess. But then again, he’s broken inside. Perhaps Cordelia is the most sensible woman of them all…

Lady Cordelia Chase has no intention of marrying the oafish, overbearing marquess. Lord Malicorn is rude, surly, and entirely unsuitable. Never mind that he’s the only man to ask. Quiet and shy, she’s been overlooked most of her life. When she marries, it will be for love and not just as a breeding cow. The only problem is that when Lord Malicorn isn’t talking, well, he’s rather strong and terribly handsome. And when he holds her in his arms, she could almost swear her heart skips a beat. If this isn’t love…what the devil is it?

This is book 2 in the Regency Romance Lords of Scandal series, but works well as a stand-alone read. However to fill you in, the ladies have discovered the lords secret gaming den, so each lord will watch a lady to ensure she is trustworthy.

Malice, the Marquess of Malicorn has been keeping an eye on Lady Cordelia Chase. And since he needs an heir, he has decided that quiet Cordelia would make an excellent suitable wife. But Cordelia turns down his unromantic proposal. She doesn’t want to be considered suitable, she wants to marry someone for love.

Of course Malice is still committed to the agreement with his fellows to continue watching Cordelia. Can he come up with another plan? Has Cordelia made a mistake?

Marquess of Malice is available on Amazon, currently priced at £3.10 in Kindle format. Another nice light romantic story from Tammy once again. And you may see my review of book 1 here.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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To Win a Wicked Lord by Sofie Darling – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book To Win a Wicked Lord by Sofie Darling to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

To Win a Wicked Lord by Sofie Darling

Here is the book blurb.

Lord Percival Bretagne is used to playing games. He survived being a spy for a decade using his wits alone. But that was just life and death, now he’s playing for the most important prize of all—love.

He’ll Stop at Nothing . . .

Ten years after his family gave him up for dead, British spy Lord Percival Bretagne is back home, but his mission is far from over. Playing the aristocrat in London gambling dens and at country house parties is just a cover for Percy’s real quest. He’s hunting the man who stole everything from him—his family, his marriage, even his identity. And this time nothing, and no one, will stand in his way.

She’ll Risk it All . . .

But one night with Isabel Galante changes everything. She’s willing to gamble a woman’s most intimate prize in order to save her imprisoned father, but she didn’t expect a devilishly handsome opponent with a dangerously attractive wicked streak. Isabel would do anything for her family, including betraying Percy, but she has no idea that she’s stumbled into the middle of a decade-long quest for revenge.

Who Will Win in the Game Called Love?

Percy has been betrayed before, and now the man who destroyed his life is using Isabel to strike again. With the fate of the government and his new life in the balance, he’ll have to keep Isabel seductively, scandalously close. They begin a passionate game of truth and lies, deception and dalliance, uncovering the heart of who they really are and realizing that winning might mean losing what matters the most—each other.

This is book 4 in the Shadows and Silk series. However this is the first book I have read by Sofie Darling and can assure you that it works fine as stand-alone read. In fact looking at the blurbs of Sofie’s earlier titles, they all feature different characters. The common link seemed to just be their Regency romance theme, but I eventually came across mention of characters who featured in earlier stories.

I did find the first couple of chapters rather slow, but it was definitely worth persevering, as it then turned into an excellent read.

The story set in 1826 begins in a gaming hell in London. Lord Percival Bretagne is hoping to play well enough to bankrupt the owner Lord Bertrand Montfort, his arch enemy. Meanwhile Isabel Galante will do anything for Montfort in order to free her father who is imprisoned in Spain, even gamble her virginity. But it is a case of mistaken identity. She was supposed to seduce and gain information from the Earl of Pembroke.

Percy tries to salvage the mess by taking Isabel, along with her sister and baby nephew to Gardencourt, his family’s country estate expecting it to be empty. But no, there is a country house party, so on the spur of the moment , he passes Isabel off as his new bride. But even worse, Lord Montfort is in attendance and of course he recognises Isabel.

What will happen next? Can either Percy or Isabel achieve their goals? So many more twists and turns to come in this great page-turner.

To Win a Wicked Lord is newly published today and available on Amazon, currently priced at £3.99 in Kindle format. A captivating historical romantic story, with some steamy scenes.


About the author

Sofie Darling is an award-winning author of historical romance. Her debut novel, THREE LESSONS IN SEDUCTION, won the Writers’ League of Texas’ Manuscript Contest in the Romance Category in 2016.

She spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized she simply had to write the books she loved, she finished her English degree and embarked on her writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.

When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.

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Duke of Daring by Tammy Andresen – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Duke of Daring by Tammy Andresen to review.

Duke of Daring by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

He’s known as the Duke of Daring…but is he brave enough to take on one feisty spinster?

The Duke of Darlington is on a mission. He needs to protect his secret gaming hell from a group of debutantes who’ve stumbled upon his covert business. The problem… Miss Minerva Chase is not the average lady. From the moment his compatriots assign Daring to keep watch over the fiery redhead, she begins stirring trouble. Not only is her tongue sharper than any sword he’s faced but her lips are achingly soft while she tosses barb after barb in his direction. He’d like to throttle her, or kiss her, or perhaps protect the very spirit that drives him mad.

Minnie knows a pompous, arrogant, infuriating man when she meets one and she will not be intimidated. So what if he’s a duke with a secret? She won’t bend, not even when she realizes that he pushes her away because he’s been hurt before; a hurt she’s experienced herself. And she will not give in to his will, even when his kiss lights her body to flame. But when he needs her help… well, that’s a little more difficult for a girl to refuse.

The problem is that once she’s seen his softer side, she’s in jeopardy of succumbing to the Duke of Daring. When it comes to love, is she brave enough to give away her heart?

This is book 1 in the Regency Romance Lords of Scandal series, but there is a prequel available  free on Tammy’s website which is definitely worth a read to set the scene first. There the girls had discovered the men were making their fortunes by running a secret gaming Den of Sins. But can the men ensure the ladies keep their secret and the ladies also avoid ruin themselves. Each lord will watch a lady to ensure she is trustworthy.

So Tag, the Duke of Darlington, also known as the Duke of Daring is going to seek out chances to watch Minnie. He arranges to accompany Jack to a family dinner at the Chase household. Minnie is displeased to discover the rogue in Jack’s carriage and speaks her mind. But when they arrive, Tag escorts Minnie in, where her mother gets match-making ideas. Minnie is horrified but Tag plays along for more invitation opportunities.

At the next gathering, Minnie tries to hide behind her cousins, but Tag spots her. As they walk around the garden, she tries to make a deal with him that she won’t mention his club, if he will leave her be, so she can find a suitable husband, sealing the bargain with a chaste kiss.

Was that a mistake? Almost immediately afterwards there is a family emergency as two of the party have disappeared. Tag sets to searching, but when he returns with news, he slips on the steps, dislocating his shoulder. Whatever next? The answer is plenty, including throwing more characters into the mix and a few twists.

Duke of Daring is available on Amazon, currently priced at £3.25 in Kindle format. As usual, another nice light romantic story from Tammy.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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The Earl of Dryden by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Earl of Dryden by Tammy Andresen to review.

The Earl of Dryden by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

A dangerous lord and a desperate debutante…

The Earl of Dryden knows all about the debutante who refuses to speak a word to anyone but he never expected she’d be so lovely, nor did he anticipate that he’d catch her confiding her secrets to a marble statue. Even more surprising, he wants to help her. Which is a mistake. A man like him shouldn’t go anywhere near a woman as lovely as Miss Chloe Finch. She’s too alluring by half and his soul holds real darkness, the kind that would swallow such a lovely creature whole.

Miss Chloe Finch is in grave need of a hero. But when The Earl of Dryden offers his assistance from behind a statue while she is attending a ball, she is well aware she shouldn’t accept. His darkly handsome looks make him look more like a pirate than a lord and his reputation is even worse. Still, she can’t deny the heat that scorches her skin with a single sweep of his mysterious gaze. Nor can she deny that despite everything inside her screaming that she shouldn’t trust him, a tiny bit of her is tempted. So very tempted.

The Wicked Earls Club series is different to most, in that the titles are written by different authors. The common theme is that each is about a Wicked Regency Earl. Initially it was going to be one book per author, but this is actually the second title from Tammy and of course, I’ve already read her original book The Earl of Sussex. I haven’t read any from the other authors though.

This story only seems to have a very tenuous connection to the Wicked Earls Club as the Earl of Dryden is now reformed. It certainly works well as a stand-alone read.

Shy Chloe who refuses to speak is hoping to stay hidden at the dance between a fern and a statue. Meanwhile, Fin the Earl of Dryden ducks behind the statue to avoid Lady Angela Stark and overhears Chloe actually talk to the statue.

Fin escorts Chloe onto the dance-floor and for once she finds her tongue, until horrid Lord Parks appears leering at her. But Dryden saves her from Lord Parks’ request for the next dance. They go outside where Dryden persuades Chloe to explain her fear of Lord Parks, in exchange for the tale of his own dark opium filled past.

Is Chloe actually talking? Why and when did she previously stop speaking? How is Fin a trigger?

Fin, the Earl of Dryden is the cousin of Tricia, heroine in another of Tammy’s books which I have also read, My Duke’s Seduction.

The Earl of Dryden is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.46 in Kindle format. Another short light romantic read from Tammy.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

Website – http://www.tammyandresen.com

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

The Perfect Spinster by Annabelle Anders

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Perfect Spinster by Annabelle Anders to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

The Perfect Spinster by Annabelle Anders

Here is the book blurb.

FIRMLY UPON THE SHELF…
Miss Olivia Redfield labors under no misapprehension that anything other than spinsterhood lies in her future. Not for lack of dowry, or breeding, or education, but because of one tiny flaw…. one might even call it… a curse. Removed from society for this ill-fated defect, she’s resigned herself to caring for others in a somewhat dreary existence. Until, that is, she falls for the charming but unattainable, Lord Kingsley.

TOO MUCH TIME ON HIS HANDS…
Gabriel Fellowes, Earl of Kingsley is doing a favor for a friend by overseeing the dangerous–– but promising––mine on the border of Viscount Hallowell’s property. With time to spare, he finds himself irresistibly intrigued by the viscount’s daughter, Miss Olivia Redfield, and delights himself in their mutual provocation. In no position to promise more than a dalliance, but unable to stay away, Gabriel takes the unprecedented step of befriending a woman.

IS FRIENDSHIP EVEN POSSIBLE…?
Their flirtatious attachment threatens to erupt in passion, but duty and honor forbid anything more. Will love be defeated when tragedy strikes, or can Olivia and Gabriel overcome Society’s dictates and put the notion of Olivia’s curse to rest once and for all?

The Perfect Spinster is book 2 in The Not So Saintly Sisters series, but works fine as a stand-alone read too.

I was drawn into this book from the bizarre scene described in the first chapter. Olivia and Gabriel, Lord Kingsley meet again in the most unusual of circumstances on the eve of Olivia’s sister Louella’s wedding to Lord Stanton, having not seen each other for about 10 years. Gabriel initially seems to have forgotten Olivia, who he used to taunt with the derogatory nickname “Lazy-eyed Livvy”.

Olivia has been banished with her maid Mary to the Dower house by her parents, just because they believe her lazy eye to be a devil’s eye curse, even though they made the condition worse, by making her wear a patch on her bad eye instead of the good eye. She has resigned herself to spinsterhood and has been occupying herself by being a good neighbour, currently helping out with the 4 motherless children of local miner, Luke Smith. But should the daughter of a viscount accept lowly Luke’s marriage proposal?

Gabriel and Olivia become friends, but is that all they want to be?

The Perfect Spinster is available on Amazon, currently priced at £4.13 in Kindle format and is also available in paperback. A delightful romantic read, which has been sensitively written. I’m certainly adding book 1, which is about Olivia’s sister Louella to my wishlist.

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Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him by Tammy Andresen to review.

Don't Tell a Duke You Love Him by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

He was too dangerous to be denied…

The Duke of Longley was a rake and should be left well enough alone. At least that is what Lady Lily Ducat’s mother continually said. As far as Lily could tell, she was correct. His Grace had a devilish air about him and a brooding silence that no debutante should attempt to tame and certainly not grow an affection for. He was too much man and beyond redemption. Except once they are tossed together after a winter storm, she is dangerously close to declaring her love because in the dark of night, he was all Lily could see.

Maximillian Masters learned long ago to stay far away from dewy eyed maidens. He was too cynical, too experienced, and much too adverse to marriage for such a lady. Which is why he must never see the lovely Lily again no matter what some ridiculous gypsy predicted. Except, when he is stranded and at the mercy of winter, Lily is there and the more he sees her, the harder it is to deny temptation.

This is a standalone romance but is part of a five book series with a prologue:

How to Reform a Rake
Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him
Meddle in a Marquess’s Affairs
Never Trust an Errant Earl
Never Kiss an Earl at Midnight
Make a Viscount Beg

This is the first main title in the “How to Reform a Rake” Regency series and I received it at the same time as the introductory novella, so having had my appetite whet, I was very pleased to be able to read it immediately afterwards.

The book starts with Max, the Duke of Longley parting on bad terms with his four best friends after a night with the fortune teller. He is fuming because they have inveigled him into a bet to claim a kiss from innocent Lily Ducat. He vows to avoid her. But his carriage gets stuck in the snow again, this time outside the Mayfield Canterbury estate, where lo and behold half the Ducat family are staying for Christmas, including Lily.

He is forced to stay, so ends up accompanying them all to fell a Christmas tree. But Lily falls into a stream, hidden under the snow. Max rescues her. Meanwhile Lily’s mother is eying him up, with another of Lily’s sisters in mind. Where will this all end?

Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.33 in Kindle format. A nice short romantic read, which although part of a series, works fine as a stand-alone read too.

However I do recommend that you read the introductory “How to Reform a Rake” novella first, especially as it is available for free.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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How to Reform a Rake by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book How to Reform a Rake by Tammy Andresen to review.

How to Reform a Rake by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Five rakes and a brothel…

A rogue’s reform can have the most unlikely beginning. When a duke and his friends are forced to stay at the only available accommodations in a snow covered Canterbury, their lives take a dramatic turn. A gypsy convinces them to tempt fate and enter a bet.
The terms? They must each collect a kiss from one lady of worth. What could be the harm in that? After all, once a rake always a rake. Right? The trouble is, these ladies have rules and plans of their own.
How to Reform a Rake is a short prologue. Find out how fate ensares the Duke of Longley, the Marquess of Highwater, the Earl of Kissinger, the Earl of Clearwood, and the Viscount of Averstone in this five book series.

This is a very short novella to introduce the new “How to Reform a Rake” Regency series by Tammy and best of all, you can get it totally free.

The story begins with five inebriated friends deciding they are going to spend Christmas together in Dover. They set off with hangovers the next morning, but due to the weather only get as far as Canterbury that day. All the inns are full, so they decide to stay overnight at the brothel. There they enter a pact with gypsy Vadoma to each collect a kiss from a Ducat sister based on a deck of cards.

How to Reform a Rake is available on Amazon, currently for free. I read this in less than 30 minutes. It is just a very short taster, setting the scene to whet your appetite and leave you wanting to read the series.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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The Wicked Marquis by Mary Lancaster

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Wicked Marquis by Mary Lancaster to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

The Wicked Marquis by Mary Lancaster

Here is the book blurb.

The lady meets her match – and he’s hopelessly ineligible.

Poverty stricken marquis, Lord Tamar, is regarded in Blackhaven as an amiable eccentric and a gifted painter, rather than as a wicked man. But Tamar has secrets that he dare not reveal to anyone, let alone to the delightful Lady Serena, the Earl of Braithwaite’s sister, who suddenly lights up his world.

To Serena, fed up with London etiquette and sent home to her family castle in disgrace after her engagement is broken, the fascinating Tamar is a breath of fresh air. Accepting his help with the mystery of the strange barrels in the castle cellar, she is soon in the midst of danger involving smugglers and spies and a friend’s broken heart.

But it is her own heart which is in most danger, as she falls swiftly and desperately in love. And neither her family nor Tamar himself would ever countenance a marriage between them. Moreover, the marquis turns out to have committed a far more shocking crime than mere poverty.

This is the fifth book in the Blackhaven Brides series. I haven’t read any of the previous titles, but found that this worked well as a stand-alone read.

This historical Regency read begins with Lady Serena having been sent back in disgrace from London, after the break off of her engagement, to the family country estate Braithwaite Castle on the Cumbrian coast. With only her younger sisters and their governess for company, she is bored. Supposedly not even allowed out of the castle, she dashes into the orchard, where she encounters a trespassing artist, who asks her to stop whilst he paints her picture. He then kisses her.

She wakes in the middle of the night to spot smugglers with a barrel in the courtyard. Up early the next morning, she disturbs the smugglers brazenly still there. She gives chase and then panics when she realises one is threatening her with a knife. Luckily she escapes, running slap bang into the mysterious artist.

It doesn’t take many more encounters for them to fall in love, but Tamar hasn’t yet revealed that he is an impoverished Marquis. Is he a fortune hunter? And is Serena still in danger from the smugglers?

The Wicked Marquis is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.13 in Kindle format. The fifth book in the Blackhaven Brides series. This is a great romantic read, with plenty of other strands to the storyline.

You’ll see in the interview with the author below, that the sixth Blackhaven Bride book is due out this month. Having had a quick look at who are the heroines of the previous titles, I’m guessing that the sixth book may be about Miss Grey, the governess although I think that Serena’s friend Catherine would make a good heroine for another title.


About the author

Mary Lancaster lives in Scotland with her husband, three mostly grown-up kids and a small, crazy dog.

Her first literary love was historical fiction, a genre which she relishes mixing up with romance and adventure in her own writing. Several of her novels feature actual historical characters as diverse as Hungarian revolutionaries, medieval English outlaws, and a family of eternally rebellious royal Scots. To say nothing of Vlad the Impaler.

Her most recent books are light, fun Regency romances written for Dragonblade Publishing: The Imperial Season series set at the Congress of Vienna; and the popular Blackhaven Brides series, which is set in a fashionable English spa town frequented by the great and the bad of Regency society.


Interview with Mary Lancaster – Author Journey and Writing Career

1. In your bio, you state that your first literary love was historical fiction. Was there a specific book that started that love?

I suppose, looking back, that it might have been LM Alcott’s Little Women! But I can only have been 8 or 9 years old and it was the characters who obsessed me rather than the historical setting. I think it was more reading several very different historical novels that focused my love of the genre. Lorna Doone and The Count of Monte Cristo among the classics, and then I discovered Georgette Heyer and the great Dorothy Dunnett.

2. At what point in your life did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve written stories almost since I could hold a pencil. I was certainly still at primary school when I realized I wanted to be a published author. Of course, real life and self-doubt kept me writing in secret for my own entertainment for years. Then a desire to escape a job I disliked and a somewhat optimistic notion of being able to write at home while I brought up children, made me look seriously at getting published.

3. What does your average writing day look like?

I wake up early, about 6am and drink coffee in bed while writing until I have to get my daughter up for school and rouse anyone else who needs to be up and out. Then I cram in another hour of writing, take the dog for a walk and return to write until my daughter comes home from school.

I’m trying to adjust the balance, because this schedule doesn’t leave much time for housework (which I hate in any case!) but if I’m on a roll, I can’t bring myself to stop until I’m forced to 😊

4. Where can we find you writing? At home, in a coffee shop? With or without music?

I prefer privacy to write, so usually at home. Sometimes I write with music, sometimes without. It depends on my mood and the mood of the book, and what’s going on around me.

I have a pleasant room (known as Mum’s library) where I like to work, surrounded by books and a few favourite knick-knacks we’ve picked up on our travels over the years. And the dog often joins me there on a nearby cushion 😊. Unfortunately, the kids also use this room in the evenings if they have friends in – which at least one of them nearly always does – so sometimes I’m driven away by the mess they leave behind until they’re forced to clear it up!

5. Where do you get the ideas for your books from? Dreams? Real life?

Anything can set me off! A line in a book, an item on the news, the atmosphere of a particular place, a face glimpsed on a train. The whole story of A World to Win was inspired by a man on a Romanian train when I was traveling as a student. An Endless Exile, A Prince to be Feared and Rebel of Ross, were all inspired by sentences read in books when I was researching other things.

Often, it’s the history itself that inspires me initially, but the story waits in the background to be told because the right character or some other spark hasn’t quite brought it alive in my imagination.

6. Do you outline your stories or just start writing and see where the story takes you?

I usually make a brief (and often vague!) outline of the plot and the motivation of the characters, and the first scene or two. After that, I tend to go wherever the story leads!

7. What’s the most discouraging thing about being an author, and how did you get over it?

Rejection. I think most authors would say that! Most of us have been rejected multiple times by several publishers, agencies etc., until you wonder why you bother carrying on. You have to be determined to wade through all of that and keep going. An encouraging letter or a single acceptance works wonders, though!

Nowadays, with so much self-publishing, it’s not always necessary to put yourself through that, but then there’s the difficulty of being seen in such a crowded market place, and lack of sales can be seen as the rejection of readers! As can a poor review. Self-doubts never really go away, but I suppose I get over the tough times by remembering the positives – a reader’s appreciation, or an editor’s praise mean the world!

8. Do you have a favorite book of your own work? Which one is it, and why?

I don’t know that I do have one favourite! I’m aware none of them are perfect and yet I’ve been totally immersed in all of them and like different things about each. I love to make historical figures come alive and if I believe I’ve succeeded, it makes me proud. For those reasons, I like An Endless Exile (about Hereward the Wake) and A Prince to be Feared (Vlad Dracula). But my main aim is always to entertain and I’ve been really thrilled with reader reactions to the lighter Regency romances – the Imperial Season series and especially Blackhaven Brides. I think they’re fun, and I have great fun writing them.

9. How do you come up with the titles for your books?

Various ways! Sometimes, they just pop into my head as I’m writing them, or when I’m writing a summary for submission – inspired by an event or a character or a line in the book itself. Vienna Waltz just seemed to suit the shenanigans of my first story set at the Congress of Vienna, and of course my heroine falls in love during a waltz! The Wicked in the Blackhaven Brides titles is Regency society’s perception of certain heroes or heroines.

When I can’t think of a title, I look for inspiration in quotations – like A Word to Win (Marx) and A Prince to be Feared (Machiavelli).

10. What’s your least favorite part about writing? Writers block, research, etc.?

I love writing (and research!) so it’s hard to think what I don’t like! I suppose it’s when I feel a story might be lagging a bit and I’m not sure whether to push on in this direction and see if I change my mind, or to scrap that part and try something else. I know from experience the same answer isn’t always right!

11. What’s your favorite part of the publishing process? Picking/making the cover, release day, etc.?

I do love seeing a good cover and knowing it’s right! But there’s always a special excitement about a release day celebrations – especially a good release day when you can chat with readers, the first reviews are quick and positive, and you see the sales numbers/rankings begin to climb 😊

12. Any advice for aspiring authors?

I think every author makes their own journey in different ways, but I think it’s always good to keep reading, and not just in the genre you wish to write in. And to write constantly and listen to constructive criticism. Most of all, don’t give up!

13. What are some of your other hobbies, or things you enjoy that’s not writing related?
I love spending time with my family and friends, enjoying good conversation, food and wine. And I love reading for its own sake, and a good film or binge watching a tv series that’s grabbed me. I also like to visit new places and soak up different cultures and different history.

14. Currently, what are some of your favorite books and authors?
I like to read a mixture of genres and both old and new books. I’ve been reading a bit of Gothic romance, recently, by Eve Silver, and have got heavily into Jennifer Ashley’s historical detective series about Captain Lacey. I was also blown away recently when I read Daphne du Maurier’s The King’s General – so brilliant and moving! I also love Toni Anderson’s romantic suspense. And Christopher Brookmyre who writes clever and hilarious Scottish thrillers – I am in awe 😊.

15. What are your short term and long term goals as an author?

Short term, I’d like to keep readers happy with more Blackhaven Brides stories, and expand my readership there – so recommendations greatly appreciated 😊. Longer term, I suppose I’d like to be a recognized bestseller – who wouldn’t? But mainly, I want to keep entertaining with my books.

16. What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

Next is the 6th Blackhaven Brides book, The Wicked Governess, which should release some time in April.

I’ve also written a novella in the multi-author Marriage Maker series, which should be out later on in the year.

Looking further ahead, there will be at least 3 more Blackhaven Brides books! And I have another book I want to write following on from my medieval Scottish “Ross” series – these are still romantic but veer slightly more towards historical fiction than historical romance.

Honestly, I have more stories in my head than I have time to write them!


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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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