Drawn to the Marquess by Bronwen Evans

Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon has long been known to be a rake of some sort by the ton of London. He is now in a race against time because Stephen is losing his eyesight and has horrible thoughts of his father going through the same thing and taking his life. Lady Penelope was married to a man who was a terrible husband. He fell to his death in a drunken stupor and now Lady Penelope asks Stephen to help her because she is afraid that the death will be pinned on her. Stephen agrees under one condition, she must agree to be be wooed into his bed. Interesting characters and a unique story make this an enjoyable addition to historical romance.

Drawn to the Marquess by Bronwen Evans will be available September 4, 2018 from Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies

The year is 1935 in Ceylon and Louisa Reeve is married to the love of her life, Elliot. She has lived a life of luxury in one way, but has suffered through having numerous miscarriages and a stillborn child. Elliot is always away on business and has been spending most of his time at a cinnamon plantation that he bought interest in. Louisa meets the owner of the plantation and finds out that her life with Elliot has been a sham, nothing but a lie. I really do enjoy author Dinah Jefferies and her excellence in storytelling. This book hits the mark as romance and intrigue rolled into a great story! An excellent addition to historical fiction.

The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies will be available August 14, 2018 from Crown Publishing. An egalley of this book was made available from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Bare Devotion by Geri Krotow

Sonja is a black attorney and Henry is a white attorney, both working for Henry’s family’s law firm. They are also ex-lovers, ex-fiancés and just a few weeks past their un-wedding! The only reason that I point out race is because that is one of the story lines. I enjoyed the basic story but had a problem with the idea that racial prejudice is only in the South. As we know, the location could have been anywhere, North, South, East or West, period. The character of Deidre was ridiculous. I can’t imagine her being a physician and no one else ever seeing her bizarre and kooky behavior, including Henry’s parents. I did like the two main characters though.

Bare Devotion by Geri Krotow will be available September 11, 2018 from Kensington Books. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart

The story of Barry Cohen, New York hedge fund manager, his wife Seema and their three year old autistic son, Shiva. It begins with the bloody unraveling of their marriage and descends to Barry riding out of town on a Greyhound bus as he tries to find a simpler life with an old girlfriend. The book is well-written and very emotional. The story was sad and even depressing as it dealt with a decaying marriage and Barry appearing to almost become unhinged. I couldn’t identify with Seema or Barry and their assortment of friends. This book was just not for me.

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart will be available September 4, 2018 from Random House Publishing Company. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham

Ella Boudreaux is the real enemy of the Abbott Brothers. After all, she secretly bought Ford Abbott’s share of the business and now she actually wants to work in the Abbott Brothers Garage in Cottonbloom, Louisiana! Big brother Mack is working as hard as he can to keep the business going. He can’t understand why Ella wants to work in a garage! Sure, she is beautiful and smart but Mack is still trying to keep her out of the business and out of his mind! Yes, those gorgeous Abbott brothers are at it again! This time the story is about Mack and that suits me just fine. Laura Trentham has a way of developing characters so well that you feel like you’ve known them forever and can even visualize them in your mind! I love the Cottonbloom series! If you haven’t read this series yet, you’re in for a treat. Highly recommended for contemporary romance lovers!

Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham is available from St. Martin’s Press.  An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

The Barefoot Brides Collection by Lori Copeland

A collection of stories about seven women who would sacrifice all, even their shoes, for their dreams. This collection of romance stories are written by seven different authors who each highlight a character that has the unorthodox habit of not wearing shoes. These stories are Christian-based stories that will warm your heart with their sweet stories.

The Barefoot Brides Collection by Lori Copeland is available from Barbour Books/ Barbour Publishing. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack

A young English lady, Miss Julia Hollingsworth, becomes the governess for a widower and his two young girls. Her mother attempts to control Julia’s life and to keep her from the Peter Mayfield home. An addition to the Proper Romance series, the story does not contain any sex, violence or language. I found the story to move rather slow and was not really interested in the Mother’s story. Still, the story was sweet and the author used an interesting story line with the canine breeding.

Promises and Primroses by Josi S. Kilpack will be available September 4, 2018 from Shadow Mountain Publishing. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.