Monday 13 November 2017


Duchess By Day, Mistress by Night
Rebellious Desires #1
By Stacy Reid
Releasing November 13th, 2017
Entangled Publishing

In Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night (Rebellious Desires #1) by Stacy Reid, Georgiana Rutherford, the Duchess of Hardcastle, is finally ready to move on after the death of her husband. However, the man she wants, Rhys Tremayne; the man known as The Broker to low and high society is the one man she can never have a future with, especially when being with him could end with her being shunned by society. Yet, when he helps her and asks for her to sponsor his sisters into society in return, Georgiana is more than happy to help. But the more time Georgiana spends with Rhys, the more she finds herself wanting to go against her family for a chance at love and happiness. Will Georgiana and Rhys achieve their happy ever after, or will the social divide between them keep them apart?

What a superb start to this series Ms. Reid has delivered in this book where the hero was intriguing and enigmatic because of what he does in being The Broker; the heroine was resilient and courageous in standing up for what she wants when it comes to love and happiness; and the dialogue was intense due to everything Georgiana and Rhys go through on their journey to happy ever after because they're at opposite ends in society with her being a duchess and Rhys not having a title. The way this story started had me liking the hero immediately, as he'll do anything to help his family become part of society and see each of them happy. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time that made this story an absolute treat to read, as there's plenty of chemistry between the hero and heroine that just made me want to read more about the pair and their growing relationship.

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters backs stories; the reasons why these two should never make their relationship permanent because it could end up hurting the heroine in the long run; and everything the heroine goes through with her family, as they try to dictate what she should do instead of wanting her to be happy with a man because she didn't get that chance the first time around when she was married. Moreover, I really liked how kind and caring the heroine was and that she would do anything to pay her debts, which is proven by what the hero does for her and vice versa. I also liked how she didn't allow her mother to dictate what she should do with her life, even though she knows the woman is right in her concerns. Then again, why should Georgiana do what's right by society instead of following her heart?

While the hero, he's fantastic and I loved what he does as The Broker. Really, it sounds fascinating since over the years it has had him interacting with both people of low and high society. What secrets has he garnered over the years that have left people vulnerable enough for him to take advantage of them wanting to keep their secrets hidden? Furthermore, he's confident; ruthless when it comes to getting what he wants; and I liked how determined he was to help the heroine, especially in the moment where she could have lost the most precious person in her life. Yet, what I liked most of all is how he would do anything for family, which is proven by what he does for one of his sisters.

Overall, Ms. Reid has delivered a wonderful read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong; and the ending had me completely captivated by the heroine's determination to fight for her happiness instead of settling down with someone she doesn't love. However, it was the epilogue that left me with a smile on my face, because the hero and heroine have come so far in their relationship. I would recommend Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night by Stacy Reid, if you enjoy Historical Romance, the opposites attract trope, or books by authors  Darcy Burke, Jess Michaels, Lily Maxton and Anna Campbell.

Georgiana Rutherford, the Duchess of Hardcastle, seemingly has it all—wealth, pedigree, and the admiration of the ton, except her heart hungers for a passionate affair. She meets the enigmatic and ruthless Mr. Rhys Tremayne, a man known to low and high society as the Broker. The attraction between them is impossible to deny, but she cannot be feeling it for this man.

Rhys Tremayne has built his wealth and empire by dealing secrets on the black market of the London underworld. He is determined to take his sisters away from the depraved world they’ve known their entire lives, and the duchess is the perfect woman to help sponsor his sisters into society. The only problem is that he wants more from Georgiana, even if the social divide between them ensures she can only ever be his lover in secret.

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The Devil of Dunakin Castle
Highland Isles #4
By Heather McCollum
Releasing November 13th, 2017
Entangled Publishing

In The Devil of Dunakin Castle (Highland Isles #4) by Heather McCollum, Grace Ellington is sick of everyone believing she needs to marry. So, to escape their meddling she volunteers to go and help a friend in need. However, on her way to help her pregnant friend, Grace finds herself at the hands of Keir MacKinnon; a fierce man that -- it seems -- everyone is afraid of. Yet, she sees him differently and is determined to help him save his nephew. But when he's given a difficult order by his older brother, the MacKinnon clan chief, Grace decides to risk everything for the man she's falling in love with. Will Grace be able to help Keir make the right choice, or will they lose their chance of happy ever after because Keir always follows orders?

This is the first book I've read from this author, and I've got to say that it's a story that is highly entertaining, fast-paced and had me loving every interaction between the hero and heroine as they find themselves at odds for a short time because of what the hero does that makes the heroine dislike him. The way this story started had me sympathizing with the heroine, as she's frustrated by everyone having an opinion on her finding a man and getting married. Will she take notice of their opinions? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine meet that had me fully hooked with this story, as the heroine can't believe what she does to the hero. How does she get herself into the situations that she does?

As for the dialogue, it was riveting and had me loving the main characters, even though the hero is deceitful at first because of what he does to the heroine that leads to her needing to help him instead of her friend. Furthermore, the heroine is a fighter in the way she's strong and brave in being able to handle the way people of the McKinnon Clan treat her. I also liked how she stood up for herself and did everything she could to help the hero, especially when he's handed a difficult task that won't be easy for him to be able to do. While the hero, he's not the ruthless and harsh man that everyone thinks he is. Instead, he's kind and caring most of the time, despite what he did to the heroine soon after they meet. I also liked that he would do anything for his family, even if his brother is making wrong decisions that could ultimately lead to disharmony in the Clan.

Overall, Ms. McCollum has delivered an exceptional read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was powerful, heady and convincing; the romance wonderful; and the ending had me enjoying how determined the heroine was to make certain the hero didn't make a wrong decision when it came to what he was asked to do. A decision that would haunt him if he followed his brother's orders. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up wonderfully, as the hero and heroine are so happy together and have ended up in a place where they belong and feel welcome. I would recommend The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum, if you enjoy Historical Romance, the opposites attract trope, or books by authors Eliza Knight, Emma Prince, Kathryn Le Veque and Julie Johnstone.

Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home in Scotland, but to escape from the meddling people around her who seem to think she needs to wed right away—because women need saving, right?—she volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth.

Keir MacKinnon, the younger brother of the MacKinnon clan chief, has been raised to strike fear in people, on and off the battlefield. Trained to uphold MacKinnon law, he has hardened into a lethal warrior. Caught in a Highland blizzard with the feisty Grace, Keir realizes the beautiful woman who saved him can also save his nephew’s life.

Sparks fly when he takes her against her will to his home, and Grace’s courage is put to the ultimate test. Is Keir MacKinnon the passionate, kind man she saved in the Highland blizzard, or is he truly the cruel executioner who seeks to solve all issues by the sword?

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Meet the Authors:

Stacy Reid

Stacy is an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. She especially loves romance and adores writing about people falling in love. Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (out loud). She has a warrior way, never give up on her dreams. When Stacy is not writing, she spends a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with her love.

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Heather McCollum

Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical and YA paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay, and was a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist. When she is not picking her teen’s brain for authentic attitude for her YA books and finding time to write, she is usually found educating women on ovarian cancer symptoms. Ms. McCollum has recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own hero and 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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