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Laird of Longing 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 Laird of Longing by Tammy Andresen to review.

Laird of Longing by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Laird McLaren is as large as he is annoying…

Lady Sophie Everclear doesn’t regret fleeing the rake who attempted to trap her into marriage, But perhaps she should not have stowed away on a ship bound for Scotland. The problems? There are too many to count. But the largest, most annoying one is Captain Ewan McLaren. The tall and brawny Scot says exactly what he thinks and he doesn’t think much of Sophie. Still. He’s all she’s got and fortunately for her his heart is even bigger than his lectures. Which makes her wonder. What else, beside talking, might his mouth be good at?

The woman has got to be daft…

Any woman as beautiful as Lady Sophie ought to know better than to attempt to hide out on a ship full of men. If Ewan were smart, he’d drop her at the nearest port because having a woman like her on board is nothing but trouble. But one look into her large blue eyes and he knows he can’t. He’s always had a soft heart for a woman in need and Sophie manages to be as endearing as she is annoying. And then there’s the fact that she steals his breath with every wayward glance. He doesn’t want a woman in life but the longer he’s with her, the more he wonders if Sophie might just be the one who makes him break all the rules.

This is book 15 in the Lords of Scandal series. I’ve read and reviewed all the titles and was expecting this to be the final book, but no it is not. A breadcrumb has been placed in the epilogue for another round of titles to commence next year.

The story starts with Lady Sophie stowing away on a ship to avoid being forced to marry the obnoxious Maxwell Hughes who had compromised her at a ball. This particular ship belongs to the Carrington Shipping business and is captained by Laird Ewan McLaren, Scottish cousin of the Carrington sisters who have featured in earlier titles.

When Sophie is discovered aboard in her ballgown, rather than throwing her overboard, the usual method of dealing with stowaways, Ewan looks after her. He plans to take her to his cousin-in-law, the Duke of Devonhall to ask him to find her an appropriate husband.

But he begins to have other ideas. Plus he certainly intends to make Maxwell Hughes pay for his unspeakable actions. And what about Sophie? Will she skip ship? What will happen as the story unfolds?

Laird of Longing is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Another nice light short romantic story from Tammy.

However I do have one small quibble. I am pretty sure that there is no such word as lairdess which is used a few times in the book.


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 Refuge by John A Heldt – book review

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

Time for a review of the latest installment in John Heldt’s Time Box series. And to find out more about the author you may visit his website.

The Refuge by John A Heldt

Here is the book blurb.

From the author of THE LANE BETRAYAL, THE FAIR, and SEA SPRAY comes the fourth novel in the Time Box saga.

Months after stealing two time machines, the Lanes, a modern family of seven, make a stand against the unhinged software mogul who wants them back. They travel to 1941 Oahu to eliminate the billionaire’s mercenary, an assassin who has chased them through time.

While son Jordan, a former intelligence officer, stalks his unknowing foe in the streets of Honolulu, his parents, younger siblings, and pregnant wife settle in the village of Laie, where love, friendship, and opportunity await. All seek refuge from the perils of time travel.

Hit man Silas Bain has his own agenda. He hopes to alter the events of December 7, 1941, and indirectly save a brilliant German physicist, his employer’s grandfather, from certain death. He has prepared for every contingency, except the charms of a beautiful heiress.

Filled with romance, suspense, and intrigue, THE REFUGE takes readers on a thrilling and memorable ride through the colorful, magical, and dangerous world of pre-Pearl Harbor Hawaii.

Readers’ Advisory: The Refuge is the fourth novel in a five-part family saga that spans several decades. While some storylines are resolved, others are not. They will be addressed in subsequent books.

The Refuge is the fourth book in the Time Box series.

Here are my reviews of the previous titles in the Time Box Series.
The Lane Betrayal
The Fair
Sea Spray

The story starts with the Lane family time-traveling to 1941 Hawaii. This particular time and destination have been chosen because they still have a link to modern day through close friend Randy Taylor.

And Randy has provided information indicating that this is where Mark Lane’s crazy ex-business partner billionaire Robert Devereaux has sent his hitman Silas Bain. For once not after the Lanes, but instead with a mad plan to alter the course of history at Pearl Harbour.

Just imagine the ramifications and repercussions if history is changed. So the Lanes step in to see if they can turn the tables and take out Bain.

The Lanes rent two cottages from Leilani in the small village of Laie, making firm friends with Leilani and family, whilst Jordan searches for Bain in Honolulu on the opposite side of the island. Will he be able to find him in such a large city?

Meanwhile they discover that Leilani is also a midwife (very useful with a new addition to the family due) and Jeremy makes a new friend, Sarah. But Sarah, a history student researching Ivy Trudeau, has spotted a connection. (Ivy was a character in an earlier book).

And of course it is not the only coincidence. I love how so many similar chances are woven into the story. Plus once again we get a surprise visit from Randy. And this time there are chapters set in Germany, featuring Max Roth, Robert Devereaux’s grandfather.

Death, danger, romance and a breadcrumb trail all feature in this brilliant page turner with plenty of twists and turns, right to the end.

The Refuge is available on Amazon, in Kindle format and paperback. Once again another epic read from John Heldt which I highly recommend. I can’t wait for the next book to be published which will be set in 1963.

And you may be interested to see my reviews of some of John Heldt’s other titles.
Firstly all of The Carson Chronicles series.
River Rising
The Memory Tree
Indian Paintbrush
Caitlin’s Song
Camp Lake

Plus some of his earlier titles.
The Mine
Indiana Belle
Hannah’s Moon

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Earl of Infamy 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 Infamy by Tammy Andresen to review.

Earl of Infamy by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

He’s been given a mission…

The Earl of Infamy must escort one mourning lady out of London and hide her away in the country. Should be easy. But from the moment he steps into her life things get…complicated. Not only is she far too pretty for his liking but she’s got a knack for telling him no.

“No, I don’t want to go to the country with you.”
“No, I won’t share your room.”
“No, I won’t marry you, I don’t care that we’ve been alone.”

Is the woman daft? What lady in her positions turns down an offer liked his? He’s an earl and she’s all but ruined?

Still, the more she resists, the more, he has to confess, he’s intrigued. How can he get her to say…YES.

This is book 14 in the ongoing Lords of Scandal series.

We’ve met all the Carrington sisters in earlier titles and this time we focus on their cousin Miss Avery Bright, who, still in mourning, has been staying with her cousin Isabella and husband since her father died.

However now they all need to leave London separately for safety and Noah, the Earl of Infamy has been sent to escort Avery, who he has never met previously, to his country estate.

But there’s a catch. If a young lady travels alone with a gentleman, her reputation will be ruined.

No problem. She doesn’t know yet, but he has already agreed to marry her.

So how will this pan out? Why would Noah agree to marry a lady he has never seen? What will Avery’s position be once she realises?

Earl of Infamy is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Once again a 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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Earl of Darling by Katherine Ann Madison and Maggie Dallen – 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 Darling by Katherine Ann Madison and Maggie Dallen to review.

Earl of Darling by Katherine Ann Madison and Maggie Dallen

Here is the book blurb.

Is she making a deal with the devil or a saint in disguise?

A murderer, they call him. A beast. All Miss Rathmore knows is he’s the man who saved her while running away from her horrid fiancé. The least she can do is help Darling and his sisters adapt to good society. After all, the earl has gone so far as to offer his own hand in marriage to save her reputation. But that is merely an act of charity. And those stolen kisses? Those are sheer folly. For only a fool would fall for such a scandalous rogue…

Society is more dangerous than a battlefield for this soldier who was never meant to be an earl. Luckily for him, his new saviour is every bit the lady.

Give him a battle any day. Those were rules he understood. But the insipid whisperings of the ton? He hadn’t the faintest idea how to fight them. Until he meets Miss Rathmore. Now he’s found himself slaying her dragons when he ought to be fighting for his own good name. And proposing marriage? What was he thinking? His three sisters would say that he’d lost his senses, of course. Or, at the very least…his heart.

Katherine Ann Madison is a pseudonym of Tammy Andresen, who is a very prolific author. I have read lots of Tammy’s titles, but this is the first time I’ve read one under this name. I’ve also read a few others in the Wicked Earl’s Club series, but found this one to only have a very tenuous connection to the Club, with the Earl of Darling being invited to join. Perhaps that is why it has subsequently been repackaged as The Earl’s Runaway Bride, a sweet Regency romance.

The story starts with Miss Evelyn Rathmore climbing out an upstairs window as a way to end her betrothal to the awful cad Mr Stallworth, whilst her father’s attention is on their dinner guests. But one of the guests, Darius, the new Earl of Darling has just stepped out for some air, hating how society blames him for the bad luck which befell previous heirs to the title, directly below where Evelyn is climbing down. What a bizarre encounter.

Darius immediately realises she is running away and draws the tale out of her, offering to assist. In return Evelyn offers to help Darius introduce his three sisters Tabetha, Clarissa and Mariah to society.

Darius originally planned to find another man to offer for Evelyn’s hand via the Wicked Earls Club that he has just been invited to join, but he soon decided none of them deserved her. Were they just as bad as Mr Stallworth? So he offers to marry her himself, but Evelyn refuses. She doesn’t want him to marry her out of charity.

Darius assumes she has said no because of all the rumours regarding how he inherited the title. But he continues to fight Evelyn’s battles. How will Stallworth react to his interference? And what of Darius and Evelyn themselves?

The Earl of Darling is available on Amazon in Kindle format. A short light romantic read from Katherine Ann Madison and Maggie Dallen.

Tammy did team up with Maggie Dallen previously to write the prologue for the Wicked Earls Club which I reviewed here.

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Viscount of Vanity 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 Viscount of Vanity by Tammy Andresen to review.

Viscount of Vanity by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

She’s a woman in need of a dashing rescue…

Miss Gabriella Winston finds herself on the auction block, about to be sold into marriage. That is until a stunning stranger swoops in and saves her. He’s kind and handsome and her relief would be complete if he didn’t propose rules along with marriage… He’ll need one heir and then they’ll go their separate ways. It’s a tempting offer but no one in her life has ever really loved her. If she accepts, she’s giving up any hope of ever having her own happily ever after.

He’s broken inside…

The Viscount of Vanity has a secret. He spent his youth fighting a disease he was certain would consume him. Only by the most disciplined of behavior has he overcome his childhood illness, but not the heartache that came with it. No matter how tempting her beauty, he can’t allow his control to slip and fall in love with Gabriella. Losing his heart could mean risking his life.

But when she is threatened by the very family that should love her, he can’t help but rush to her rescue. And the discipline that’s always kept his life in order, it’s slowly slipping away.

This is book 13 in the ongoing Lords of Scandal series. The connection this time is that Austin, the Viscount of Vanity is one of the co-owners of the gaming Den of Sins. And of course some of the other characters from previous titles feature too.

Currently, Austin is staying at his friend Chad’s, (the Baron of Blasphemy from book 12), country estate, where he has been persuaded to save the beautiful Miss Gabriella Winston from her father’s abhorrent plan to sell her in a marriage auction to clear his drinking and gambling debts.

They are total strangers so how he is going to achieve that? By offering a much higher price than anyone would be able to bid and marrying Gabriella himself.

Is this a good plan or not? What about his health? What does Gabriella think to the rules he imposes? And will Gabriella’s father agree and leave Gabriella be?

An interesting forward where Tammy describes her personal reasons for creating a hero who has previously suffered life-threatening asthma attacks.

Viscount of Vanity is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. 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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Sea Spray by John A Heldt – book review

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

Those who regularly discuss favourite books with me will be aware that I really love John Heldt’s time travel stories, so I was very happy when John asked me to review his latest book, Sea Spray. And to find out more about the author you may visit his website.

Sea Spray by John A Heldt

Here is the book blurb.

From the author of THE LANE BETRAYAL and THE FAIR comes the third novel in the Time Box saga.

Months after stealing two time machines from a madman who wants them back, the Lanes, a family of seven, seek peace and safety in 1927, the latest stop on a journey through time. For a while, each succeeds.

Parents Mark and Mary find housing in affluent East Hampton, New York, where a gracious elderly couple offers use of their mansion. Son Jordan and his new wife, Jessie, plan a family. Siblings Laura, Jeremy, and Ashley pursue fun and adventure. All form strong friendships with the Prices, a mysterious mirror-image family that lives next door.

Billionaire Robert Devereaux could not care less. Reeling from the theft of his million-dollar devices, he sends a hit man to the past to retrieve his property and rid the world of his former business partner and his troublesome clan.

Randy Taylor, who programs the machines, is determined to stop him. He tries to undermine his boss and save the Lanes, even as he tries to help his mother beat a deadly illness. He pines for the day he can join his fugitive friends and rekindle a promising relationship with Laura Lane.

Filled with romance, humor, and heartbreak, SEA SPRAY follows a modern family on the adventure of a lifetime as they navigate their way through the exciting and often dangerous world of Lindbergh, Gershwin, and Fitzgerald.

Readers’ Advisory: Sea Spray is the third novel in a five-part family saga that spans several decades. While some storylines are resolved, others are not. They will be addressed in subsequent books.

Sea Spray is the third book in the Time Box series. You may see my 5 star reviews of book 1 The Lane Betrayal and book 2 The Fair.

Events in the previous book see The Lane family moving on again from 1893 Chicago., but this time with a new family member, Jessie wife of eldest son Jordan. They all head to a beach in East Hampton, New York and then use a Time Box to travel to 1927. Will they be able to put down roots this time?

Meanwhile Mark Lane’s ex-business partner billionaire Robert Devereaux in the 21st century is still after revenge. He wants the Time Boxes back and the Lanes eliminated. His inner team are searching records and photos for clues as to when and where to dispatch hit-man Silas Bain.

Can the Lanes’ close friend Randy Taylor put a spanner in Devereaux’s plans?

The Lanes bond with neighbouring family, the Prices who seem to have secrets of their own. Throw romance, fun, friendship and heartbreak into the mix.

As per usual, John Heldt has done painstaking research into the period, weaving prohibition, aviator Charles Lindbergh, composer George Gershwin, baseball players Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig plus references to F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby into the storyline.

Not being familiar with the geography of the area around East Hampton, I did have to resort to Google Maps to see where the harbour and island mentioned in the book were situated.

I couldn’t put this fantastic page turner down. There were so many great twists and turns.

Sea Spray is available on Amazon, in Kindle format and paperback. Once again another brilliant read from John Heldt which I highly recommend. I can’t wait for the next title in the series.

And you may be interested to see my reviews of some of John Heldt’s other titles.
Firstly all of The Carson Chronicles series.
River Rising
The Memory Tree
Indian Paintbrush
Caitlin’s Song
Camp Lake

Plus some of his earlier titles.
The Mine
Indiana Belle
Hannah’s Moon

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Baron of Blasphemy 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 Baron of Blasphemy by Tammy Andresen to review.

Baron of Blasphemy by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

An arranged marriage gone wrong.

What does an impoverished baron with a reputation for trouble do when he needs an infusion of coin? He marries. Quickly. The problem? His new wife isn’t entirely certain she likes anything about him. And it turns out, Abigail Carrington might be the only person in England with a will stronger than his own. If he can’t strong arm, cajole, or reason her into his bed to consummate their marriage, he’s only got one option left. Seduction…

Baron of Blasphemy is book 12 in the Lords of Scandal series.

The story starts with Abigail being told that a marriage has been arranged for her. This is to Chad, the Baron of Blackwater, an impoverished rake known as the Baron of Blasphemy. She tries to say no as she wants to marry for love, but her reputation is in tatters due to a case of mistaken identity and she doesn’t really have a choice in the match.

However she hopes on having choices within the marriage. Cue tears. Is it doomed before it begins? Where do they go from here?

Although far into a series, this story also works well as a stand-alone read.

Baron of Blasphemy is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Once again a 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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Duke of Dishonor 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 Dishonor by Tammy Andresen to review.

Duke of Dishonor by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

A hero in disguise…

When a mystery man saves her from bandits, Emily Carrington cannot deny that she’s intrigued. Perhaps infatuated is the better word. But she’s got no time for such fancies. She has to marry quickly before her family’s secrets are exposed and she is ruined. The problem is that no matter how hard she attempts to pay attention to her parade of suitors, one set of glittering dark eyes haunts both her waking and sleeping hours. Who is Emily’s hero and will she ever get to see him again?

A lady in need…

Lord Brandon Winthrop, Duke of Lancaster, fell in love with Emily Carrington the moment he first laid eyes on her. She’s everything he’d ever dreamed of and the one woman he can never have. The daughter to his missing business partner, he’s sworn to protect her from the very forces attempting to take his livelihood and his life. For her sake, he has to stay away.

But fate has other plans.

Duke of Dishonor is book 11 in the ongoing Lords of Scandal series.

SPOILER ALERT – if you haven’t read Duke of Decadence (book 9) and Marquis of Menace (book 10) yet and are planning to do so, stop reading this review now.

The prologue is a flashback to six weeks ago, when Emily was rescued by a mystery man in book 9. This is Brandon, business partner of missing Lucas Carrington, father of Emily and her sisters.

This story begins with Brandon undercover tracking the ring of thieves, before rushing to the Den of Sins to warn the Duke of Devonhall that there is a plot afoot to kidnap either Emily or Abigail. But putting the money first, he is almost too late!

A rather tangled tale, but a good read.

I do have one controversial issue with this particular story, the spelling of Dishonor rather than Dishonour in the title. In my opinion, when writing fiction set in Regency London, I consider that it would be more appropriate to use British spelling rather than American spelling, especially in the title. I’ve now read over 40 titles by Tammy Andresen and have noticed a number of American spellings like math from time to time.

Duke of Dishonor is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. As per usual a 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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Marquess of Menace 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 Menace by Tammy Andresen to review.

Marquess of Menace by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

He’s a rake beyond redemption…

The Marquess of Milton was the sort of handsome that made women swoon at his feet. Which suited him just fine. Of course, no mother would allow him near her daughter, which worked even better. Who wanted to tangle with a woman he might have to marry? But when his path crosses with Miss Eliza Carrington, a woman who is both strikingly beautiful and as fiery as they come, he knows he has to have her. And when he realizes there is no marriage minded mama to contend with… it’s time to be wicked.

She has no time for games…

The Marquess of Menace? That’s what they called him? Eliza rejects the name from the first. It implies there is something dangerous about this man when really he’s just an overgrown child. One who wanted to play at sin and dance away from the consequences of life. She’ll have none of it. And if he thinks his cute lines and his handsome face will have her falling in his bed, he’s got another thing coming. She’ll teach him a few lessons about playing with a woman’s affection that he’ll never forget.

But when danger comes knocking at her door, it’s Menace who is there to fend it off. And when his arm slips about her in comfort, she has to confess that’s it’s as strong as it is comforting.

And the reckless beating of her heart. Surely, that’s a mistake.

The Lords of Scandal series just keeps going. This is book 10. Last time in the Duke of Decadence, Tammy Andresen broke away from her usual style of writing to leave a number of unanswered questions, so I was very eager to read this next instalment.

The story begins with Dylan, Marquess of Milton, known as Marquess of Menace reluctantly attending a society party as he needs a wealthy bride because his estate is in significant debt, but he is not really keen to be there as he is a rake through and through.

Impoverished Eliza Carrington is also attending the ball along with the pretend Aunt Mildred and two of her sisters, Abigail and Emily. Although she thinks him a cad, she goes onto the terrace to speak to Menace in order to escape her scheming uncle and the odious Mr Taber. They negotiate a deal whereby Eliza will point out rich eligible young women to Menace in exchange for any information regarding her missing father, her uncle or the elusive mystery man.

Talk of the devil, Mr Mystery turns up at the party and arranges to meet Eliza at dawn. Eliza knows this is not wise and in the end goes with both Menace and her new brother-in-law Bash.

So who does Mr Mystery reveal he is and what other knowledge does he have to share? What impact does this have on Eliza? How does Menace react? And what about when Eliza accidentally puts herself in danger? Then a curve-ball from Eliza’s cousin Avery. And finally yet another cliffhanger ending!

Marquess of Menace is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. As always a nice light short romantic story from Tammy. But what it is it with these cliffhanger endings? I can’t wait for the next book in 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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Duke of Decadence 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 Decadence by Tammy Andresen to review.

Duke of Decadence by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

The Duke of Decadence has a secret…

Well, to be honest, Bash has several. His father, the Demon Duke, might have been the cruelest man in all of England. Bash hates his own title, the very one he inherited and all the trappings that come with it. And most secret of all, he hopes never to marry and carry on that family legacy. Which is downright scandalous for a duke to even think.

Miss Isabella Carrington is trying not to be seen…

When a young lady of a certain age sneaks into a gaming hell, dressed as a man, she doesn’t wish to be discovered. While her and her sisters need the money, and she could win with her ability to count cards, it would be best if no one discovered she was there. With no male protector and no financial means, this high-stakes game of cards was their last hope.

But of course, the shrewd Duke of Decadence learns all of it in the course of a single evening. And when he comes to her with a proposition…work at the Den of Sins in exchange for his protection and her sisters’ launch into society, she isn’t certain how she can refuse. But Isabella doesn’t want to accept either. The man is everything she hates with his lavish life and decadent ways.

And worse still, he manages to steal her breath each and every time they meet…

This is book 9 in the Lords of Scandal series. Bash, the Duke of Devonhall, alias the Duke of Decadence is one of the new owners of the gaming club, Den of Sins that has featured in previous titles. He is also the brother of the Earl of Baxter from book 8.

Meanwhile we are introduced to the four Carrington sisters – Eliza, Isabella, Abigail and Emily. Their mother is dead, their father is abroad and hasn’t been heard from in months and their obnoxious Uncle Malcolm is trying to evict them.

So they come up with a plan to dress Isabella, who has an amazing memory, up as a man and sneak her into the gaming den to win some money on the cards. But Bash guesses that Isabella is not a man and proposes she puts her memory to use by working for him at the Den of Sins in exchange for protection for her and her sisters.

Why has Bash offered this? Will the plan work? What has Bash let himself in for? How does Isabella feel about it? Where is the girls’ father? Why is Uncle Malcolm being so horrible?

And finally who is the mystery donor – a question left unanswered in this book. Most unusual for Tammy to leave a cliffhanger between books.

Duke of Decadence is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Another nice light short romantic story from Tammy. But with unanswered questions, I have no choice but to read the next title.


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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