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The Baron and the Bluestocking by Katherine Ann Madison – 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 The Baron and the Bluestocking by Katherine Ann Madison to review.

The Baron and the Bluestocking by Katherine Ann Madison

Here is the book blurb.

She’ll do anything to avoid marriage…anything…

Even climb from a second story balcony and onto the top of a trellis. All right. Perhaps that was a bit too far, especially considering Lady Matilda winds up stuck. But why does it have to be him that rescues her? Her brother’s best friend the Baron Greenburg has always disapproved of her behavior. This is just one more example of how imperfect she truly is.

He just wants a simple life…

And Lady Matilda is anything but simple. Tillie brims over with life, love, and intelligence. In fact, she’s been making a fool of him since childhood. But this time around, it’s her who looks silly and him that manages the dashing rescue. And when he holds her in his arms…

Is it possible that their many battles were a prelude to romance?

Katherine Ann Madison is a pseudonym of prolific author Tammy Andresen and this is the third title in her sweet Regency Romance series Matchmaking on the Marriage Mart. The story works perfectly as a stand-alone read, but is linked to earlier titles through some of the characters. In particular, I am already acquainted with the heroine of this book, Tille, Lady Matilda Crosby, through her much smaller appearances in the earlier two titles The Duke and the Debutante and The Earl and the Incomparable.

The story begins with Tillie annoyed because her mother is trying to make a match for her, although she won’t tell Tillie who. She wants to preferably remain a spinster and study insects or at the least, marry on her own terms. Surely her mother can’t mean the dreadful Viscount Bancroft?

Meanwhile Baron Alex Greenburg is late to the party and he simply must set up his telescope first as Venus is due to pass in front of Jupiter any day now, for the first time in 300 years. But as he heads past the pergola, he spots someone stuck on the top. It is Tillie, desperate to escape from the ballroom. She needs rescuing, but she would rather it had not been by Alex, her brother’s best friend, who always used to call her a hoyden as a child. She didn’t even realise he was at the party and he is surprised to discover that she knows about the occultation.

So childhood friends or enemies? science interests, scheming mothers plus the odious Lord Bancroft. How will this pan out?

I hadn’t previously come across the term occultation, but as one of my sons is very keen on astronomy, I thought I would look this up. It also encompasses solar eclipses, but indeed the author is correct that the Venus / Jupiter occultations are few and far between. The next one is forecast to be in 2065 but too near the sun to be visible. I loved how she wove this into the tale.

The Baron and the Bluestocking is available on Amazon in Kindle format. A nice light sweet romantic read from Katherine Ann Madison.


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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King of Thieves 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 King of Thieves by Tammy Andresen to review.

King of Thieves by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Pippa Bancroft knows that trouble is circling. Between her brother’s odd behavior, the whispers of massive debts, and the old and awful man her brother keeps thrusting at her, she assumes things are very bad. But just how awful… there is only one way to find out. She’s going to have to do some good old-fashioned spying.

The problem? When she positions herself to eavesdrop, she’s not the only one! A large and ornery Scot is also listening in on her brother’s conversation. And when Laird Lockton offers her an exchange of favors to benefit them both, she’s left to wonder, can she trust this giant of a man? Is he the devil or a grumpy angel in disguise?

Laird Lockton has a life waiting for him in Scotland. Granted, that life is full of boring drudgery, the sort he never wished for himself. Which is why he decides one last adventure is in order. He’ll help his friends with an investigation into the thefts plaguing their gaming hell, secure his future, and then return to Scotland.

But he didn’t count on one pretty wallflower inserting herself into his life and his final adventure. Nor did he plan on finding her quite so irresistible. And as her own situation grows more desperate, Lockton knows he has to help. What sort of man would he be if he didn’t?

But the more time he spends with her the more he wonders…does that mean he has to lose his heart too?

This is book 21 in the Lords of Scandal series, which keeps going and going, but it works fine as a stand-alone read too.

The story begins with Pippa and her faithful dog Trixie taking a walk in the public gardens. She is hoping to eavesdrop a conversation between her debt-ridden brother James, Baron Bancroft and the odious Cornelius Blackpalm. She hears that he wants to marry her, but that is not all. Trixie has led her to a stranger, who is also spying on James and Cornelius.

This is Lord Angus Lockton, one of the owners of The Den of Sins gaming club, who has been following the Governor (Blackpalm) because the Governor stole from the club. He wants to see the Governor put in prison, and then return to Scotland.

He hatches a plan with Pippa so that he can continue to spy on the next meeting between James and Blackpalm in the house. Where will she hide him? Can he help her avoid marrying Blackpalm? How will things turn out?

I particularly enjoyed the Scottish connection to this tale, meeting Lockton’s family. It reminded me of an excellent earlier series of Tammy’s, Brethren of Stone. I’m not keen on the cover though; so glad that I read these books on my phone, as no way would I sit on a train reading a paperback with a cover like this.

King of Thieves is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Once again another light short romantic story from Tammy Andresen.


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 Spades 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 Spades by Tammy Andresen to review.

Earl of Spades by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

She’s a beauty beyond compare…

Ash can’t deny that her fragile beauty holds him captive. And then there’s the fact that he stands between her and the danger circling ever closer. What man doesn’t wish to save a woman like Lily? He’d protect her with his last breath even he can’t give her a future. They are worlds apart and deep down he knows that love isn’t for a man like him. Not even with a woman as perfect as Lily.

But when fate and chance conspire, can this earl learn to share his heart with the one woman who’s ever tempted him?

He’s a larger-than-life hero…

Lily knows an earl would never marry her, but as he protects her time again, a woman has to ask herself. How could she not fall in love with him? And when he inevitably leaves her life, how will she put the pieces of her heart back together?

So only two and a half years on from when the first title was published, we are now at book 20 in the Lords of Scandal series. Like the other titles, it works perfectly well as a stand-alone book too, although I prefer reading them all.

The story begins with Ash, the Earl of Easton helping Lily to escape from her 4 kidnappers. But one evades him and may bring reinforcements. Ash had been tracking the carriage for several days from London and this had been his first opportunity. They ride as fast as they can north, hoping to meet Lily’s sister Arabella, the Queen of Hearts in Gretna Green. Lily and Arabella are both half sisters to the Duke of Devonshire and the Earl of Baxter but it is news to both of them that they each have a sister too.

Ash has always viewed Arabella like a sister since childhood, but he quickly realises he does not feel the same regarding Lily. Meanwhile Lily is wondering why she feels attracted to Ash, when she had vowed to let no man close.

Why had Lily been kidnapped? Who are the kidnappers working for? Can they avoid the bad guys and reach Arabella in time?

Earl of Spades is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Another light short romantic story with plenty of danger 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 and the Incomparable by Katherine Ann Madison – 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 The Earl and the Incomparable by Katherine Ann Madison to review.

The Earl and the Incomparable by Katherine Ann Madison

Here is the book blurb.

He needs a bride quickly…

Lord Rangeley is on a mission. Secure a wealthy bride to save his earldom. He’s a handsome, former rake. Convincing one bluestocking, Lady Matilda, to be his bride should be easy enough. But the problems begin almost immediately. The worst one? He might have accidentally fallen in love with her younger sister…

Even she knows to resist a rogue in need…

Millie’s knees go weak the first time she sees the handsome earl despite knowing he’s completely wrong for her. Her mother has grand plans for Millie’s future and they don’t involve an impoverished earl. Not to mention, he’s here to court her older sister. Now if she can only keep her heart in check long enough to see her beloved sister happily wed, she will have done her duty to everyone else.

But that leaves one question. When she’s done making the rest of her family happy, where will that leave her?

This is the second title in Katherine Ann Madison’s sweet Regency Romance series Matchmaking on the Marriage Mart. From previous more steamy book reviews, the author may be more familiar to many of my followers as Tammy Andresen. But she uses the pseudonym Katherine Ann Madison for a sweet innocent read.

This book has some continuity from the previous title The Duke and the Debutante, where both Parker, the Earl of Rangeley and serious bluestocking, Lady Matilda Crosby had cameo roles, but it works well as a stand-alone read.

Parker has secured an invitation to the Marquess of Farthington’s house party, where he hopes to woo the Marquess’s sister Lady Matilda, as her dowry would go a long way to rebuilding his Earldom, which his late father gambled into debt. Will he be able to convince Tillie, Lady Matilda, an avid biologist to tie the knot in this marriage of convenience?

But when he arrives, he can’t take his eyes off Tillie’s younger sister Millie, Lady Millicent. Oops this could be a problem as he has already made his intentions clear to Tillie.

Meanwhile Millie has been forewarned by her sister of the rakish Earl who is after a dowry, but goodness she is attracted to him.

And then Tillie shares a secret, but only with one of them. Things are getting complicated. Where will this all lead?

The Earl and the Incomparable is available on Amazon in Kindle format. A nice light sweet romantic read from Katherine Ann Madison.


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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Vacancy: Viscount Preferred 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 Vacancy: Viscount Preferred by Tammy Andresen to review.

Vacancy Viscount Preferred by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Lady Priscilla is in trouble…

When a cousin she didn’t even know existed inherits her father’s title, the new Earl of Purlington wants more than just the earldom, he want’s Priscilla too. Or at least, her dowry. What she needs is a hero. A man to swoop in and save her despite her cousin’s intimidating lurking. Well not an actual hero, not like the one currently being featured in the papers for all his heroic deeds, but perhaps a man willing to stand up to her cousin and marry her despite the odd circumstances. But how does she find a man like that?

The Viscount of Ware stalks the night…

He wears a mask of course. It wouldn’t do as a lord of the realm to also be discovered as a vigilante. And then there’s the issue of the large scar on his face. It’s better hidden under a mask. But the work is dangerous and as his brother so bluntly points out, he has certain obligations to the viscountcy. Like making an heir… It’s a fair point, but what lady would wish to marry him? His life as a lord isn’t exactly normal and neither is his appearance.

That is until he sees an ad in the paper. A woman in need of a hero? A man in need of a baby? It’s a simple transaction. Easy.

Except from the first, Priscilla is nothing that he imagines and the attraction that sizzles between them only complicates everything. His emotions have been frozen for years. Why do they threaten to defrost now?

And worse yet, what will he do if he loses the battle for Priscilla’s hand and heart?

This is the fourth book in the Calling All Rakes series, but works perfectly as a stand-alone read. Here are the links to my reviews of the previous titles.
Wanted: An Earl For Hire
Needed: A Dishonorable Duke
Found: Bare with a Baron

This story begins with Lady Priscilla taking the very unusual scandalous step of placing an ad in the newspaper for a husband, in a desperate bid to avoid marrying her odious distant cousin Eugene. Following Priscilla’s father’s death, Eugene had inherited the earldom, but he greedily wants the money to go with it, namely Priscilla’s large dowry.

Meanwhile, she and her mother are forced to live in the same house as Eugene and he has restricted their daily life so much, that she has no opportunity to meet other suitors, hence her last ditch plan, the ad naming a time and date in Hyde Park, where she and friend Clara plan to hide behind the rose bushes, to assess who might show up.

The ad is seen by Ralph, valet and illegitimate brother to Wyatt, Viscount Ware, secretly a heroic masked battle-scarred mysterious vigilante whose deeds also feature in the paper. Ralph is aways badgering Wyatt to marry, as he has a duty to sire an heir for the viscountcy, so he points out the ad to Wyatt.

How will things pan out when the ladies spot the handsome but scarred lord from their hiding place? And if he comes calling at the house, what might the the enraged Eugene do? Priscilla soon works out that Wyatt’s “footman” Ralph is his brother, but beyond that, Wyatt is very vague in answer to her questions. What might be the mystery?

Vacancy: Viscount Preferred is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. A nice short romantic story with a hint of mystery.


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 Duke and the Debutante by Katherine Ann Madison – 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 The Duke and the Debutante by Katherine Ann Madison to review.

The Duke and the Debutante by Katherine Ann Madison

Here is the book blurb.

What happens when the most eligible bachelor in England mistakes a lady for a servant? Mayhem, of course.

And Lady Elizabeth dislikes anything that draws attention to herself. Which is why she’s hiding in the kitchen when the most distinguished and available guest arrives, The Duke of Wingate. It’s not as though she has a chance no matter how many match making schemes her mother and his aunt can cook up. Why would one of the most powerful men in England want her?

He’s too rough for someone as delicate as her…

As a duke, he’ll have to marry and make an heir. There’s no question about that. But he’s little patience for games and even less for courting. He’s busy and besides, he’ll not allow a few scheming biddies to dictate his future.

Which is why he sneaks into the kitchen of his aunt’s house rather than entering through the front door. He’ll show them… But his attempts to foil their plans send him crashing, literally, into Lady Evelyn.
Yes, she’s beautiful, and sweet, and gentle, and completely wrong for him. Isn’t she? Definitely. Possibly… perhaps a kiss will help him decide.

This is the first title in Katherine Ann Madison’s new sweet Regency Romance series Matchmaking on the Marriage Mart. From previous more steamy book reviews, the author may be more familiar to many of my followers as Tammy Andresen. But she uses the pseudonym Katherine Ann Madison for a sweet innocent read.

The story begins with the Duke of Wingate attempting to sneak into his Aunt’s house, the Countess of Greenburg, via the kitchen to avoid the crowd waiting in front of the house to greet him. There he scares a maid eating a spoonful of bread pudding mixture. But it is no maid, it is Lady Evie Dunstable hiding here to avoid attention and now she is covered in pudding!

Well that is certainly a different start to a story and made me laugh. But within minutes Evie’s mother and Lady Greenburg and other guests are arriving in the kitchen, flustering Evie further. And her mother is already in match-making mode. It seems that Lady Greenburg is too.

How will the Duke and Evie react?

The Duke and the Debutante is available on Amazon in Kindle format. A delightful read from Katherine Ann Madison.

However the blurb needs some proof-reading as it initially refers to Evie incorrectly as Lady Elizabeth and further on, correctly as Lady Evelyn.


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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Baron of Clubs 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 Clubs by Tammy Andresen to review.

Baron of Clubs by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Mysterious and larger than life, this baron might not have been the best choice for elopement…

Lady Elizabeth Stanton needed to wed quickly in order to save her brother but running away with a rakehell of a baron…. Cryptically quiet, the Baron of Clubs is the definition of the strong and silent sort of fellow. As frightening as he is handsome, he steals her breath with every penetrating glance from his hazel gaze.

There’s no turning back, however, once she leaves London with her new fiancé. Besides, he’s already protected her once, even she can attest to that. But as she leaves the security of her family and heads off on a larger-than-life adventure with a complete stranger, she has to wonder if this mad journey to Scotland was the largest mistake of her life or her first step toward becoming a woman all her own.

And as her fear heats into passion, she must also wonder about the man who’s swept into her life, carried her off from her home, and rewritten her entire world. Because, if she’s not careful, he might just steal her heart too.

We’re now upto book 19 in the Lords of Scandal series and the covers are continuing to get even more risque. I always read the kindle version so not an issue for me, but I have to say I don’t think I would sit on a train holding this one as a paperback. However the storyline is good and just like all the others, it works perfectly as a stand-alone read too.

The story starts by re-enacting a scene from the previous book, Queen of Hearts when Bella overpowered an intruder in her home, but this time from Lizzie’s viewpoint. Lizzie, Lady Elizabeth Stanton is the sister of Edge, hero of the last book and she is scared. But her brother and Clubs, Baron Purewater have just arrived. The Baron gives Lizzie his card, saying if anyone attacks again or she needs anything, he will help her.

So Lizzie comes up with a mad self-sacrificing plan to ask Clubs to elope, so that her brother wouldn’t have to marry for money in order to fund a dowry for Lizzie, but instead he could marry for love.

When she knocks on his door after midnight, what will Colton, the Baron of Clubs say to her proposal? She is dumb-founded by the immediate answer of yes and within an hour, is heading from London to Gretna Green in a carriage with the Baron, a total stranger. Has she made a big mistake? And what will Edge do, when he finds his sister gone?

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


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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Queen of Hearts 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 Queen of Hearts by Tammy Andresen to review.

Queen of Hearts by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

She hates the Earl of Edgemere with a passion…

Arabella White can confess that if she’s going to root out the thief from her gaming hell, she’s going to need assistance. An idea she hates. But the dark and mysterious Earl of Edgemere is as conceited as he is dastardly. Never mind that he’s also handsome as sin. He’s the last man she’d allow into her business that she’s sacrificed everything to obtain. Because this earl? He might just steal it all…including her heart.

An unlikely earl…

The Earl of Edgemere has been living on the edge. Since he inherited an earldom, it’s been one problem after the other. Between beating off the creditors and the loss of his first wife, he can hardly see a way out of the deep pit to which he’s fallen. If he could just find an heiress to marry, perhaps he could breathe again.

But when he gets an offer to complete an investigation in exchange for a financial boon, he knows he has to take it. Never mind the woman giving the proposal is as beautiful as an angel, there’s not a damn thing he can do to pursue her. His future, and his family’s, are tied to the needs of the earldom. Still, a man can dream and Arabella, as strong as she is independent, is the sort his dreams are made of. She’s everything he wants but can never have.

The more time they spend together, however, the more he wonders… what would the future hold if, rather than listen to reason, he gave into temptation?

This is book 18 in the Lords of Scandal series, and I’ve been waiting for this particular title since a tantalising taster after book 15. Like the other titles, it works perfectly well as a stand-alone book too, although I prefer reading them all. However this is the first time in this particular series where the title is based on the female lead character rather than the male.

The story starts with Arabella White, the Queen of Hearts fuming, having just read a letter from Hart, the Marquess of Diamonds that he is not planning to return to the Den of Sins, the gaming club they all own a 7th share in. Instead he plans to freely give his stake to Edge, the improverished Earl of Edgemere, the very man who almost ruined his sister Daisy, Arabella’s best friend.

Bella, along with partners (Duke of) Chance, East and Clubs pay Edge a late-night visit to inform him, he is not welcome. The men are all for punching him, but Bella makes him a paltry counter-offer, to help them catch Sir Thomas who has been stealing from the club and in return they will buy him out along with a year’s worth profits.

Edge accepts the offer, but only if they help launch his sister Lizzie in society. Will Bella be able to pull strings with Chance to get Daisy to help Lizzie. Can they work out a deal? And is she seeing a different side to Edge to what she imagined? Perhaps they have more in common than she thought.

Plus I like how the books are linking their nicknames to a deck of cards, when the continuity link throughout the whole series has been a gaming club, the Den of Sins. So last time we had the Marquess of Diamonds and now we have the Queen of Hearts. The next title to look forward to will be the Baron of Clubs.

Queen of Hearts is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Once again another light short romantic story with a dash of danger 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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Found: Bare with a Baron 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 Found: Bare with a Baron by Tammy Andresen to review.

Found: Bare with a Baron by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

The Baron Brightmore is the exact sort of rake a debutante should stay far away from…

Not that Miss Alexi Starlit need worry about rogues. She’s too busy blending into the wall to catch the eye of a man like that. That is until this wallflower stumbles across a derelict and drunk baron having a tryst in the garden with an unknown lady. And when that woman escapes into the dark, Alexi is left alone with the worst sort of lord. She can’t imagine the situation could get any worse until her hosts happen upon them and mistake her for the tryster. And then the entire affair gets published in the paper. And, of course, her father insists she weds Baron Brightmore.

Luck is not on her side.

But Alexi is determined to prove her innocence and change her fate. With the baron’s help, can they track down the mysterious woman who was breaking all the rules? And why is she tempted, every time she looks at Brightmore, to break them too?

They are only investigating together to escape a marriage, not become further embroiled.

Still, Alexi can’t deny, rakes are nothing if not tempting. When might she have an opportunity like this again?

And is there truth to the saying that rakes make the best husbands? Perhaps, she should find out…

This is the third book in the Calling All Rakes series and here are the links to my reviews of the previous titles.
Wanted: An Earl For Hire
Needed: A Dishonorable Duke
Besides the heroines all being friends, the common theme to this romantic series is that they all incorporate a mystery, which is a new style for Tammy, but blends perfectly with her delightful romances.

The story starts with Alexi upset at overhearing others jesting about her poor dancing, escaping out into the garden, where she inadvertantly interrupts a tryst. The lady speedily vanishes and Alexi founds herself briefly alone with a drunken man, Baron Brightmore. But only for a few short minutes, as soon they are discovered by the hosts, Lord and Lady Pankhurst.

To avoid a scandal and clear her name, Alexi must find the mysterious lady tryster. Otherwise it could be spinsterhood, or her father may force the baron to marry her. But who can she be? Worse still, there is an article in the press. Alexi ropes in her friend Charlotte, (heroine of Wanted: An Earl for Hire) to help. They start by visiting the baron to see what he remembers, which is very little, before dragging him along to comb the Pankhursts’ garden for clues.

What will they find? And what does Dillon, the Baron think about all this? Will they find the lady? Will everything work out?

Found: Bare with a Baron is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Another nice short romantic story with a puzzle to solve from Tammy Andresen. Romance and mystery make a great combination. And this tale works fine as a stand-alone read.


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 Diamonds 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 Diamonds by Tammy Andresen to review.

Marquess of Diamonds by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

This marquess is her surly hero in disguise…

Lady Abigail needs help. Her mother has great plans for her future but her lackluster performance as a debutante isn’t measuring up. Which is why she convinces her best friend’s brother to help her. A few dances is all she needs from the grumpy marquess and then the suitors will come calling. But the moment she steps into his arms, the trouble begins. He’s a former rake, after all, with more then a few tricks up his sleeve, and even if he doesn’t intend to, he captures Abigail’s interest from the first. What lady can resist tall, dark, and handsome? And when the other suitors do begin calling, she’s left to wonder if any of them will be able to hold her in their arms like the Marquess of Hartwell.

Lady Abigail is too sweet to be believed…

The Marquess of Hartwell, known to his friends as simply Hart, can’t believe that Lady Abigail is for real. She’s too kind, too gentle, and too sweet to be an actual woman. And he’s so jaded, even if she is that wholesome, she’d never want the likes of him. Except for underneath all that goodness is a person who shares his hurt and understands his past. And while Hart only agrees to help her to appease his sister, he finds himself, well, caring about Abby. Which is dangerous for this debaucherous rake. Worse still, the attraction between them grows with every meeting and that is deadly. And when he steals one kiss as a boon, he knows he’s in trouble, because the moment his lips touch hers, everything changes.

But as events out of their control begin to swirl around them, Hart must make a choice. Save what is good in this world and put his own battered heart at risk?

This is book 17 in the ongoing Lords of Scandal series, and yes I’ve read and reviewed all the titles, enjoying them all. As usual, it also works fine as a stand-alone read.

The story begins with Lady Abigail concocting a plan with her friend Lady Daisy (heroine of the previous title Duke of Chance) to try flirting with Daisy’s brother, the Marquess of Hartwell, as practice for meeting the right man.

Meanwhile Hart is at the Den of Sins, the gaming club he part owns, trying to figure out how to find Sir Thomas who has been stealing from the club, when he receives a summons from Daisy. She wants him to attend some balls and pay Lady Abigail some attention, an idea he finds absurd.

So when the two first meet at Daisy’s wedding it is awkward. Hart believes Daisy is trying to trick him into marrying Abigail. But what’s the harm in playing along?

Marquess of Diamonds is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Tammy is on form with another good light short romantic story.


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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