Friday, August 29, 2014

Love Match by Reggie Thomas

Book Title: Love Match  Author: Reggie Thomas
Release Date: May 16,2014   Genre: New Adult Romance

Book Synop-sis

Harper Reed loves balls. Tennis balls, that is. A tennis ace, Harper earned a full scholarship to a prestigious Philadelphia universi-ty. There, the demure virgin meets her first lover, the gorgeous, rich, connected, football star Wes Wood. Harper thinks Wes is the man of her dreams, but is he? Or will some other lover capture the beauty's heart, like the exotic surgeon Dr. Raj Sharma or the irresistible actor Cam Carpenter?  Or maybe Harper's sexy tennis pro, Gabriel Garcia, is Harper's true love. Read Harper's account of her wildly entertaining adventures and find out. The fascinating young woman will instantly captivate you with her remarkable life, straight out of Sex and the City, and leave you yearning for more.

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Author Bio:

Reggie Thomas is a native of the Philadelphia area with a wealth of different life experiences. A spouse and hands-on parent of two teenagers, Reggie has worked as an Atlantic City casino cocktail server, a substitute teacher, and a labor and employment lawyer. Her debut novel, Love Match, is the culmination of a lifelong dream.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zombified by Maggie LaCroix


by Maggie LaCroix
Release Date: August 28 , 2014
Genre: Fantasy/Urban, Romance/Paranormal ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-324-9
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Monsters generally know their place: vampires get to be sexy while zombies just decompose. But Maggie La Croix’s Zombified conjures up an entirely different kind of undead raised by good old-fashioned Voodoo. These gorgeous walking corpses don’t eat brain, they don’t stagger, and their bodies are spared the indignities of putrefaction.

Take Henri Jolicoeur. More than one hundred years after his death he is still a bewitching Adonis. But zombification does have its downsides. Henri has a master, a powerful Voodoo priest whose spells keep Henri, his teenage zombie sister, and five other poor souls in perpetual servitude.

That is, until a hurricane devastates their New Orleans home and the zombies are evacuated to the Texas border town of El Paso. The curse is broken. They are free and intend to stay that way. But how can they pass for human when they don’t eat or sleep and they’re reeling from black magic withdrawal? If that isn’t enough, they have a traitor in their midst, their master is hot on their trail, and a mysterious stranger in black is watching.

Enter Josie Cortez, a cowboy boots-wearing reporter at the local newspaper who desperately needs a good story to save her moribund career and get her editor off her back. One look at Henri and his weird little family and she knows she’s struck journalism gold. But strange things keep happening around Henri, things that remind Josie of her own tragic family history with black magic, a history that cost her her beloved mother and led Josie straight to the bottom of a bottle. Josie would rather forget all about that. Forgetting Henri, however, is easier said than done, even if falling for a man without a heartbeat could get her more than a broken heart. It could get her zombified.

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Kathie's Comments:

Okay, I don't "do" horror...and zombies? Aren't they horror with a capital H? I read this one anyway, through my fingers. And what I found was that Ms. LaCroix's zombies are not unthinking brain eaters. Who knew zombies could be sexy? She certainly has put that spin on them. And it works. 

Henri...whew...he's hot. And charming...and sweet...and caring. And I must mention again...HOT. His back story made me want to hug him tight. His backbone made me cheer for him. 

Josie has had a very hard time recently. Her mother has died and there are issues surrounding her death. She's a hard drinker who is trying to fill a void with sex. Her journalism career is right on the line, and when she gets an eyeful of Henri and his band of oddly attractive, but weird friends, she has to find out the truth. 

There's a steamy scene that about melted my kindle...and then I laughed (well, SNORTED) out loud when I found out the truth about it! Well done, Ms. LaCroix!

There are bad guys, and good guys, and things may not be what they appear to be on the surface in this book. All I know is that I sincerely hope that the author is well into writing the next one in the series!

*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read Zombified


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen she first embarked in fiction writing, Maggie thought, Piece of cake. After all, she’d been a newspaper reporter for ten years; writing was her daily bread. But Zombified, her first novel about a band of sexy zombies, was anything but easy. The story wasn’t conveniently laid out for her at a press conference; it had to be coaxed out of her own imagination. Plot points resisted solving, descriptions meandered, and characters misbehaved. But just when things seemed bleakest, it happened. Maggie fell in love with it all: the zombies, the love story, and even the rituals of writing. Maggie likes her leading women flawed and her science fiction sexy. She went to school for journalism and political science. She lives in the United States.


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Praise for Zombified
Mention zombies and the first thing you tend to think of is one of the creatures on The Walking Dead, not smokin’ hot gigolos. In her debut novel, Zombified, set in the devastation post-Hurricane Katrina, Maggie LaCroix has managed to create a world of attractive Creole revenants, forced to do the bidding of an evil voodoo master. When down-on-her-luck journalist Josie Cortez is assigned to cover the arrival of the Katrina refugees in her Texas town, she gets more than just a front-page story. Her attraction to the gorgeous man with the strange eyes, Henri Jolicoeur, leads her into the kind of danger she could never have imagined. Zombified is unique, fast-paced, and quite humorous in places. Just one look at that cover tells you this is not your usual zombie story.    ~Andrea from Books, Baking and Other Objects of Beauty


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney

Happy Release Day!

Not Quite a Wife 

The Lost Lords #6

Marry in haste, repent at leisure. James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent. . .except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl--until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love. .

Kathie's Review:

This is my first book by this author, and while it is #6 in the Lost Lords Series, it can be read alone. Many of the characters from past books make an appearance, but they just add to this one.

One of the first things that I enjoyed about this book is the fact that they lean on the Lord. But it's not an "in your face" kind of inspirational book. It's very natural and I liked that. At one point James says, "Dear God, don't let me ruin this again." Yes, I liked that.

It's been ten years since Laurel and James have met face to face. She left him after he killed a man in their home. James let her go, with a promise to stay away from her, because he's pretty sure he doesn't deserve her. He doesn't explain the circumstances of the violence, and she doesn't ask. Personally, I'd be asking questions right and left, but Laurel was a very naive young woman, even though they had been married for about a year. 

Fast forward ten years and James shows up in the clinic her brother and she run. He's been attacked and is suffering the onset of a malaria attack. In his delirium they get "frisky"...and since they ARE married, and she's always loved him, even though that attack scared her, it's pretty much okay and why shouldn't she enjoy her husband once more? Then the fun begins. She's in the family way and she's honorable. And she knows he needs to be aware of the facts. 

I was quite impressed with James. He's been faithful for these many years, as has she. They both need to unbend, just a little, and to figure out that grace is what God bestows. Their journey to find forgiveness and understanding was a wonderful one. I could see both of their stances and found myself rooting for them both. Again, while they both rely on God, this wasn't preachy at all. 

I did rather laugh at this line said by Mackenzie (one of the characters from an earlier book):

"...But I'm so very glad that my resistance was futile!"

Yes, I did laugh!

I also enjoyed these quotes:

"Because you loved, you promised. You must try harder to keep that promise."

"In other words, your Presbyterian conscience says that if something goes wrong it's your fault, and if something goes right, the credit goes to others?"

Softly he continued, "You need to ask God for forgiveness. That's His job, isn't it? To forgive imperfect humankind. You are quick to forgive others and offer them kindness. Do the same for yourself."

Yes, I enjoyed this one, and I hope you do, too.

Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington ~ Zebra, for the opportunity to read Not Quite a Wife

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ever After by Kate SeRine


Ever After
by Kate SeRine

Kensington Books
Pub Date   Aug 21 2014

To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?

Kathie's Review:

This is book four in the Transplanted Tales Series. It read like the final book in the series. I've read Grimm Consequences (Transplanted Tales #1.5).  

It's fun how Ms. SeRine puts King Arthur with Robin Hood and people from fairy tales in the here and now. Gives a new spin on them. They are living in contemporary times, and some of them have adjusted better than others. 

Gideon was in love with Robin Hood (a woman) back in Make Believe. He lost her over a cliff and has lived with half his heart for many years. The king, who has enslaved him, sends him out to catch a thief and his world is rocked when he realizes it is Robin Hood herself. Her real name is Arabella and she's been hiding from him in the here and now. She knows how hard her "death" was on him and she doesn't want him to hurt anymore...because something bad is about to happen. 

Arabella and Gideon have to find all of Arthur's trinkets given to him by Arabella's mother. It may help the Tales who are fading. There is lots of action as items are stolen, hidden away, stolen again. There's plenty of back-stabbing and mystery as the plot unfolds.

There's lots of magic and many Tales in the series. I'm rather hoping that Merlin finds his own HEA at some point, maybe a novella for him? A small complaint is that the end was so very tidy. It felt rushed and I was left wishing that there were just a few more words. Still, it was an enjoyable read and I'll be watching for more from Kate SeRine.

*Thank you, NetGalley and Kensington, for the opportunity to read Ever After

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The Land of the Shadow by Lissa Bryan


The Land of the Shadow
The End of all Things II
by Lissa Bryan
August 21, 2014

In the highly anticipated stand-alone sequel to The End of All Things, Lissa Bryan returns readers to a world devastated by disease, and the breakdown of modern society.

Two years after a horrific virus swept the globe, decimating the world’s population, Carly Daniels and her husband, Justin, have made a safe home in the isolated southern town of Colby. Protected by fences and a vigilant population, the residents there had somehow managed to keep the Infection out. Until the sight of Carly and Justin’s healthy baby girl convinced them it was safe to allow Outsiders in.

Now, in the wake of fresh losses, the small band of survivors struggles to rebuild a community. With only nineteenth-century technology to aid them, they must learn skills long forgotten to provide for their basic needs. Each day brings new challenges, and every choice they make affects their long-term survival. While Carly and Justin adjust to a growing family, and to their roles as community leaders, they must rely on one another for strength and support when they face difficult questions.

Carly has to decide how to move forward in a world where equality, justice, and freedom from tyranny are no longer guaranteed. And when new threats emerge, she has to decide what she is willing to do—and how far she’s willing to go—to protect what she has worked so hard to build.

When the end has come and gone, it’s a journey down a long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.


Justin was in the barn when he heard Carly scream, and the sound of it almost stopped his heart. It was a sound of sheer terror, a sound that could only mean . . .

He didn’t finish the thought. His brain clicked into action mode, based on training and instinct, pushing his own fear aside. 

Justin jumped to snatch the pump-action shotgun mounted on pegs above the door and ran harder than he’d ever run in his life, pumping the weapon to chamber a round. He prayed as he ran. He didn’t know to whom he was praying, nor for what, but he prayed just the same. 

Rounding the corner of the house, he saw Kaden and Carly running toward a goddamn big alligator in the front yard. Sam darted around its sides, snapping. 

Justin caught up to Kaden just as the beast decided that Carly’s direction was a better avenue of escape than the path blocked by the snarling wolf and the two running men. It charged right at her, its mouth wide, tail thrashing in its wake. Carly jumped for the porch, clutching at the post, her foot braced on the rail. Kaden charged up the steps and swept Dagny up into his arms, flinging open the screen door to scramble inside the house. 

Dagny yelled something that sounded like, “No, kay!” as the keys tumbled from her hand to clatter on the floorboards. Justin heard her wail as the screen door slammed behind Kaden. But she was safe, and that was what mattered at the moment. Carly still clung to the porch rail, her eyes wide. Safe, too, Justin noted, as his mind switched over to seek-and-destroy mode. 

The alligator kept running across the lawn and straight into the cornfield, surprisingly fast for such a large, awkward creature. 

“Not the corn!” Justin swung wide to try to drive the reptile toward the road instead, but the alligator saw safety and concealment in the thick patch of tall green stalks. It charged into the patch, clearing a three-foot-wide path of broken stalks with every swipe of its thrashing tail. 

A flash of movement from the left caught Justin’s eye, and Pearl jumped in front of the alligator with a shout, waving her arms to prevent it from charging deeper into the field. The gator hissed at her and brandished its gaping maw, but began to back away. 

More people from the town, who had been drawn by Carly’s scream, ran across the lawn toward the corn patch. The confused alligator found himself surrounded, and he turned, crushing more stalks. Justin swore. 

He caught Pearl’s eye and didn’t even need to tell her what he needed. She shouted and feigned a lunge to get the gator’s attention, and it swung around to hiss at her. 

He darted to the gator’s side and aimed the shotgun at the back of its head. “Clear!” 

“No, Justin!” Carly shouted. “Don’t!” 

Justin groaned. His wife, the animal lover. Was she going to say something like, He can’t help he’s an alligator, and insist Justin transport the thing back to the swamp? He was already picturing wrapping the beast’s jaws with duct tape or something to avoid losing a goddamn hand in the process when she reached his side. 

Instead, she pulled out the .45 she wore at her hip and blasted the gator three times in the head. It slumped to the ground, dead as Caesar. 

“I didn’t want you to use the shotgun and tear up the hide,” Carly said. 

God, he loved her. He felt a grin stretch his cheeks. 

She turned toward the house but called over her shoulder to the staring townspeople as she ran to check on her baby. “We have meat.”

Kathie's Review:

I truly loved the first book in this series, The End of All Things. And I was incredibly anxious for this one to be finished. WORTH THE WAIT!

Ms. Bryan has crafted this book so it can stand alone. She deftly inserted enough back story to catch you up, while not dragging us down with an overload of information. I love it when an author can do that for us. 

TLotS begins a few months after TEoAT. Colby is coming along. It's not thriving, but that's not for want of trying on the community members. Before the infection, few of them had planted gardens, raised chickens or fish. It's a learning process, but they are bound and determined to survive. Carly is still hoping to make a better place for them all. Justin is behind her in all things. Together they make a great team. Sam, the wolf, is still a pretty good judge of character as nomads approach the town. Some are invited to stay, and some are passed over. As you can imagine, some don't appreciate that. 

Shadowfax and Storm have their moments, here, too.

The way that Ms. Bryan writes a possible future after a catastrophic plague reads true. Every time I see one of those gold commercials on TV I always think, as she pointed out in the first book: Food, Guns/Ammo, Drugs! These are the "golden things" that would be worth something. 

While Carly, Justin, and the others are working hard to live in the new world, some people have pretty much reverted to a barbarian mentality. They want to take what they can, and not work for what they have. Again, this is what I'd think would happen in such a scenario. 

Ms. Bryan kept me reading long after I should have been asleep. But I had to know how it would all turn out. She surprised me a few times, too. And that ending? Yeah, I need the third and final book NOW. While it's not a killer cliffie, it will make you want more just as quickly as possible. I have my guesses as to what is going to happen next, but I'm sure that she will surprise me again.

What a ride! Carly and Justin are people that I'd like on my side, and on the side of my community.
I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a story that will keep you glued to your reader or flipping pages in a paperback just as quickly as you can. 

*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read The Land of the Shadow*

Lissa-BryanLissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot...though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing. She is the author of three other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, and Under These Restless Skies.

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Praise for The Land of The Shadow:

"What a ride! Carly and Justin are people that I'd like on my side, and on the side of my community. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a story that will keep you glued to your reader or flipping pages in a paperback just as quickly as you can." -Kathie Spitz 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Highlander's Obsession by Vonnie Davis

Happy Release Day!

A Highlander's Obsession
by Vonnie Davis

Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Pub Date   Aug 19 2014

Two wandering souls discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel from Vonnie Davis.

Somehow able to telepathically communicate with animals, Paisley Munro has found meaning in her so-called gifts by working as a veterinary assistant. But while traveling to Scotland for a relative’s funeral, Paisley fears that she really has lost her mind. Out in the highlands, she hears distinctly human thoughts coming from a wild bear. Terrified and desperate, she returns to the lodge and collapses in the powerful arms of its owner, a mysterious man with whom she shares a simmering attraction.

Creighton Matheson and his fellow shape-shifters have been roaming this land freely for centuries. Now Paisley may inherit his home, putting his kind in grave danger. His mistrust only deepens when he realizes she can read his mind. Yet he cannot deny that this tantalizing woman makes him burn with desire—and hunger for the prospect of a tender love. Now Creighton must decide which would hurt more: revealing the truth or losing Paisley forever.

Kathie's Review:

This was my first Vonnie Davis book. It won't be my last. I'm fond of shifter stories, and these bears are a handful. I quite liked how Ms. Davis created her world and kept to the rules she created. 

Paisley can hear animals. I've always thought that would be a really cool "super power" but I can see how it could be a hard thing, too. She's quite shocked when she hears a human mind for the first time. She figures that's it, she's finally gone totally nuts. 

Creighton, on the other hand, is NOT going to like this pretty woman. Not at all, well, maybe just a little. Well, maybe just a lot. 

At one point I was really annoyed. The bears can use their magic to erase human memories. Creighton does so, and I was ready to put the book down and walk away. Fortunately, it came back to bite his furry buns...hard. Good!

Effie, Paisley's grandmother, is something else. Her hair is pink and she wears colors to compliment it. And pelican baffies...slippers. She's a riot, for sure. I think she needs her own HEA at some point. She's going to enliven the Scottish Highlands.

There's a mystery here, too, and it was enjoyable seeing everything fall into place. A bit scary when the climax came, wondering who was going to survive. 

A great start to a new series. I look forward to reading more. On a side note, Ms. Davis' agent is someone I went to high school with. Dawn Dowdle...small world!
Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, for the opportunity to read A Highlander's Obsession

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Friday, August 15, 2014

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Eight Days a Week
by Amber Johnson


Release Date: November 6 , 2014
Andrew Lyons has been running from responsibility his entire life. Returning home after a couple of years abroad, he finds himself jobless and living in close quarters with a sister he can barely tolerate. At her request, he searches for a job on Craigslist, but finds a room for rent instead. Or so he thinks. Gwen Stone is in a lurch. With a new promotion at work and two young children at home, she’s in dire need of a caretaker. When Andrew shows up on her doorstep, she thinks he may be exactly what she’s looking for. When she offers him the job, he’s more than interested and she’s confident she’s made the right choice. It shouldn’t be awkward at all. But Andrew isn’t exactly forthcoming about his intentions, and Gwen has some secrets she’s unwilling to share. When the mom and the “manny” don’t have a clue what they’re doing, things are bound to get messy. What do you get with two kids who don’t know how to be kids, a man who never grew up, Beatles Rock Band, and hundreds of hours of kids’ TV? A very interesting job, indeed. But when emotions get in the way, there's more at stake than just an occupation. Because life doesn't have clock-out button. And neither does love.  
AuthPhot   Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop.  

Friday, August 8, 2014

WHAT A LADY CRAVES by Ashlyn Macnamara

by Ashlyn Macnamara
Published by Loveswept
August 12, 2014

Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.

Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.

For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.

Kathie's Review:

This is the first book a new series: The Eton Boys Trilogy

Ah, Henrietta...she's mad! And she should be. She was betrothed and then he went off to India to make his fortune...and...he married someone else. Didn't even break it off with her. She just heard gossip about it, then the truth was there. Oh, yes...she's mad. So when he shows up, injured after barely surviving a shipwreck on his aunt's doorstep, she really wants to smack him. Then to find out he has children, insult added to injury. She really doesn't want to feel badly for him when she discovers his wife has died. Dang it...she really doesn't. AND she doesn't want to like his daughters, either. But she does.

That's because, even with all of her spunk and sass, she's a nice person. Really gets her goat that Alexander is a nice guy, too. And she still loves him.

Alexander IS a nice guy. A gentleman who is appalled that he keeps sneaking around dark corridors wanting to put his lips on Henrietta. Yes, that happens a time...or four.

There's some mystery here. Death has been dogging Alexander's heels and he's not sure why. There are several people that could be the bad guys, too. Kept me guessing.

I enjoyed the children in this book, but wanted to smack Alexander for the way he treated his eldest. He, at least, when it was pointed out to him, tried to break years' of habit and tried to treat them the same. I wanted to hug little Helena, and was glad Henrietta was there for her.

Alexander's aunt...whoa...what a termagant! And she was fun. She and the cat!

This was a great way to spend a few hours reading. I will be reading more by Ms. Macnamara in the future. 

Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, for the opportunity to read What a Lady Craves

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Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Passion and Propriety by Elise de Sallier

Hearts of Honour- Book One


Elise de Sallier

Release Date: 7th August 2014

Genre: Regency Romance/ Historical 

ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-261-7

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

A hidden beauty . . . a wounded beast. Can the curse threatening their happiness be broken?

There is absolutely nothing improper about Hannah Foster, the vicar of Hartley’s eldest and least pretty daughter, nursing the badly wounded Viscount Blackthorn back to health—that’s if the returned officer can be saved. At twenty-seven, she is two years the man’s senior, a confirmed spinster, and far too sensible to develop feelings for her patient. The fact he was once her childhood friend, has grown into a fine specimen of a man—his terrible scars notwithstanding—and seems as lost and lonely as she sometimes feels has no bearing on the matter.

Even if the unthinkable were to happen and William was to see past her plain exterior and recognise the caring, intelligent, passionate woman beneath, he is determined to break the curse that has plagued his family for generations by letting his bloodline die out. Her best friend Grace’s warnings are moot; a man of Lord Blackthorn’s wealth and position would never be interested in a woman like Hannah . . . would he?

* Passion and Propriety is a stand alone story, the first in the Hearts of Honour series.

Kathie's Review:

I loved this. That could be my entire review, right there. But I need to gush a bit more. This historical novel had everything that I want in that genre. A wounded hero. A woman with a backbone and caring heart. A bit of angst as I wonder if they will overcome the obstacles that stand in their way of true love.

Ah, yes...this was wonderful. Hannah is "on the shelf." She's been labelled a spinster by everyone in the village and her family. It doesn't sit well, but she's given up on finding a hearth and a loving man to share it with. When she finds the badly wounded William slumped at his father's graveside, she immediately rushes to help him. For his part, he's pretty sure she's an angel, well, except when she's forcing vile concoctions down his throat.

There was the correct balance between these characters as they walked that fine edge between Passion and Propriety. Their first kiss? Yeah, wowza. Hannah was pretty much blown away, as was I. Incredible, since they are both virgins. Yes, this has a virgin hero. William has a very good reason to be one, too, because there's a curse that follows his family.

The flow of the story was natural, not rushed, and I enjoyed every page. I'm very happy to hear that there will be more in Ms. de Sallier's Hearts of Honour series. I want the next one now! I really need to find out if Grace is getting her own HEA. I also want to see Hannah's sisters find their loves. Yes, I want stories for them all!

If you like historical romance, this is the book for you.

*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read Passion and Propriety


A great believer in living happily ever after, Elise de Sallier began her lifelong obsession with the romance and paranormal genres when she was far too young to be reading either. After more than thirty years of marriage to her very own romantic hero, she now knows great relationships don't just happen, they take work . . . which doesn't mean writing about them can't be a whole lot of fun!

While raising a family, Elise established a career as a counsellor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of her work, she discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer's muse made its voice heard. Two point three million hits, twenty thousand reviews, and an e-mail from an acquisitions editor at The Writer's Coffee Shop later, and her life found a new and fascinating direction.

Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, tackle some difficult issues, and find lasting love . . . eventually.

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5 Star Reviews

"This is the third book I've read by this author and I couldn't help falling in love with deSallier's characters once again. I was completely taken into the story not just by Hannah and William, but by the secondary characters at the same time..." -Lindsey Gray Author on Author Book Review

"I really enjoyed this, and Elise de Sallier is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I love a good bodice-ripper, and this reminded me very much of the series I enjoy by Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare and others. It’s well-written with interesting, fleshed-out characters the reader can feel for..." -Andrea (Mrs Aubergine) Goodreads Review

Also by Elise de Sallier:

A Forbidden Love: book one and two on SALE!
$0.99 Sale ends on the 6th of August and then the price will permanently drop to $2.99


Praise for Innocence and Protection:

"I flew through BOTH books in The Forbidden Love series because they are that good!!" Kristen - Shelf Life

"The romance, intrigue, scoundrels, and miscommunications kept me enthralled from the first page to the last.... I applaud Elise de Sallier for once again giving us a novel to fall in love with." Lindsey Gray, Author on Author

"Ms. de Sallier writes a great plot and gifts us with love scenes that we can swoon over. 
I truly enjoy a plot with steamy scenes that fit the story well. This book is a shining example of that!" Kathie, First Page to the Last