Tuesday, September 27, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: My Fall TBR List


Hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

~Not Yet Released~

Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter, #9)
1. Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh (urban fantasy)
I'm all caught up on the Guild Hunter series so now I am, not so patiently, anticipating the next installment in November.

Heartless
2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (YA fantasy)
I'm so excited to see what Ms. Meyer does with the Queen of Hearts after the fabulousness of the Lunar Chronicles series.

Someone To Love (Westcott #1)
3. Someone to Love by Mary Balogh (historical romance)
I always need more Balogh in my life and the premise of this new series intrigues me.

Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane, #11)
4. Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt (historical romance)
I'm so happy that Alf is finally getting a story!

Baron (The Knickerbocker Club, #2)
5. Baron by Joanna Shupe (historical romance)
William was a bit of an ass in the first book, but I see definite hero potential in him.  It also doesn't hurt that I love the Gilded Age NYC setting.

~Already Released~ 

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)
6. Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy)
I am trying to be patient and wait for my library's order to come in, but I'm slowly losing the battle.

The Mane Event (Pride, #1)
7. The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston (paranormal romance)
I adore her Call of Crows series and am excited to read more of her writing especially with sexy shapeshifters!

Highland Master (Murray Family, #19)
8. Highland Master by Hannah Howell (historical romance)
I am feeling Highland romances right now so I want to get caught up with this series.

Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay, #1)
9. Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis (contemporary romance)
I received this book from the Avon Addicts program and want to give Jill Shalvis another try.

Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss, #4)
10. Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh (contemporary romance)
I'm not sure why I haven't read this book yet since I love this series/author.

Monday, September 26, 2016

REVIEW: "Do You Want to Start a Scandal" by Tessa Dare


Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5)
TITLE: Do You Want to Start a Scandal
AUTHOR(S): Tessa Dare
SERIES: Spindle Cove #5/Castles Ever After #4

GENRE: Historical Romance -- Regency England
PUBLISHER: Avon
PUBLICATION DATE: September 27, 2016
FORMAT: ARC
SOURCE: Publisher (Avon Addicts Program)
LENGTH: 384 pages
DATE READ: September 2016

READING CHALLENGES: 2016 Pick Your Genre Reading Challenge

THEMES/TROPES: Opposites Attract, House Party, Spies, Scandal, Alpha Hero

RATING: 4 STARS

SUMMARY:

On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it.
All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.
But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit . . . and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.
Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?
MY THOUGHTS: 

Do You Want to Start a Scandal bridges the gap between Tessa Dare's two recent series, Spindle Cove and Castles Ever After.  It features Charlotte Highwood, younger sister of Minerva (A Week to Be Wicked) and Diana (Beauty and the Blacksmith), and Piers Brandon, brother of Rafe (Say Yes to the Marquess).  Despite these connections, I feel like this book could easily be read as a stand-alone and is a good example of why Dare is such a popular historical romance writer.

I thought Charlotte was just adorable and a unique heroine.  She has the disadvantage of being the youngest of three daughters and sometimes feel like she could never measure up to Minerva's intellect or Diana's beauty.  But, she has great way with people and that enables her to put them at ease which isn't a quality that should be ignored.  I really liked how determined Charlotte was to make her own life decisions even when it felt like she was being coerced by her mother and Society as a whole.

I wasn't sure how I would feel about Piers as a hero.  He was a decent enough guy in his brother's book, but he just seemed so distant that I couldn't see him really taking the chance on love.  Thankfully, Charlotte's personality won him over and he was forced to re-evaluate what he was doing with his life.  I love it when a character is surprisingly blown over by someone else and how that situation changes their entire worldview.  I was thankful that Piers didn't resort to moping about how he wasn't worthy of Charlotte like some heroes that have similar pasts.

I thought the premise was a little over-the-top, but so much fun!  The whole mystery surrounding the lovers who were actually heard in the library was a great way to make Charlotte and Piers work together and, of course, fall even more in love.  I also appreciated that, while being forced to marry someone when you were completely innocent of scandal isn't ideal, there was a lack of real danger that I found refreshing.

Tessa Dare knows how to provide readers with an interesting plot, likable characters, and plenty of swoonworthy moments.  I had a great watching Charlotte and Piers figure out how much they mean to one another and then deal with those feelings.  Do You Want to Start a Scandal is a must-read for any Tessa Dare fan and would also be a good bet for any readers that likes delightful historical romance.

I received an eARC of this book from Avon via Edelweiss/Avon Addicts Program in exchange for an honest review.

BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Spindle Cove


A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1) Once Upon a Winter's Eve (Spindle Cove, #1.5) A Week to Be Wicked (Spindle Cove, #2) A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, #3) Beauty and the Blacksmith  (Spindle Cove, #3.5) Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove, #4) Lord Dashwood Missed Out (Spindle Cove, #4.5) Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5)

Castles Ever After

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1) Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After, #2) When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3) Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5)