The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn Review

Celicia Harcourt is in a tough place, with the death of father the options available to the almost penniless spinster are few, so she decides to take what little money she has and travel to America to find her missing military brother. Upon arriving in America, Celicia is having a hard time getting anyone in the British military to give her any information. When a chance comment leads to the belief that she is married to her brother’s comatose best friend, Cecilia lets the idea stand, never thinking about what would happen when her comatose husband wakes up.

Edward awakes in a military hospital with a splitting headache and no memory of the past three months. Surprised to find himself married, Edward hopes that eventually his memory of his wife will come back.

The Girl With the Make Believe Husband is the second book in the Rokesbys series, while you don’t have to read the first book in the series, Because of Miss Bridgerton, I recommend you do just because I enjoyed it. Cecilia’s plight was understandable, at a standstill in trying to discover what happened to her brother and the events leading up to pretending to be married just so she can get someone to tell her where her brother is. Quinn’s style in this novel was interesting as we had the story as it progressed and then a flashback, as it were, to letters written between Cecilia and Edward. I enjoyed this spin-off from the Bridgertons and recommend reading it, especially if you are a fan of that series.

You can read an excerpt here.

Rokesby Reading Order:

Because of Miss Bridgerton

The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband 

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Julia Quinn
Fiction
HarperCollins
May 30, 2017
384
5 Hearts

While you were sleeping... With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie... I told everyone I was your wife When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out three months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England. If only it were true... Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes Review

Colin Hughes, a Scottish man who served in British Military, finds himself unsure of how to traverse the complicated rules that is the English Victorian society, this is not a feeling Colin is used to. As if the feeling were not enough, Colin has met the interesting Anwen Windham but his mistakes in society may keep him from being able to court her.

Anwen believes that members of the aristocracy have a duty to help those less fortunate than themselves, which is why she is such a staunch supporter of the House of Wayward Urchins, an orphanage. But as the orphanage’s lack of finances are threatening to force the house to close, making the orphans homeless once again, Anwen wonders if she will be able to solve the finance problem and win the heart of the charming Lord Colin. Will the House’s problems cause the couple’s romance to end before it even has a chance to fully begin or will it help Anwen to realize all her dreams?!

Sometimes, a problem is not solved by wisdom of the head, but by wisdom of the heart.

Too Scot to Handle was a fantastic novel of the relationships we form and the damage selfishness can cause. Colin’s predicament was believable where he thought he had found himself some friends and ended up getting taken advantage of. Anwen’s desire to live a full life and help the boys at the orphanage made her really likable. But it is Burrowes’ masterful weaving of the complicated nature of relationships and the motivations of the character’s actions that made Too Scot to Handle such a delight to read.  Too Scot to Handle by Grance Burrowes is the second book in the Windham Brides series and can be read as a stand alone novel. Too Scot to Handle is the first book I have read in this series but I plan on reading both The Trouble with Dukes and No Other Duke Will Do when it is released in Winter 2017.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Windham Brides Reading Order:

The Trouble With Dukes

Too Scot to Handle

No Other Duke Will Do

Fourth Book TBA

 

 

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Grace Burrowes
Fiction
Forever
July 25, 2017
400
5 Hearts

"Sexy heroes, strong heroines, intelligent plots, enchanting love stories...Grace Burrowes's romances have them all." ---Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author

The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan #Review

victorian dueling pistolVenetia Stratham will do anything to save her sister from going down the path she once trod, engaging herself to a man who is unfaithful, even if it means Venetia must threaten her sister’s suitor at gun point. In The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan, Venetia hunts down Quinn Wild, Earl of Traherne, at a gentleman’s club to convince him to give up his pursuit of her sister, interrupting Quinn’s own hunting but Quinn can’t let Venetia’s reputation suffer anymore at his hands so he agrees to meet with her to discuss the matter later. When their later meeting results in an attempt by someone else to shoot Quinn, Venetia is accused of the crime even though she didn’t do it and the rumor’s start to spread that she was the culprit.

Quinn Wild knows that Venetia isn’t serious when she points the gun at him but Quinn can’t let her good name be smeared and so offers the only solution, to wed him. But as difficult as it was to convince the headstrong, witty Venetia to wed him, it will take all the skill he has developed as a rake to love him. As if that wasn’t hard enough, Quinn must keep the both of them alive and track down whoever it is that is trying to kill him.

Nicole Jordan’s The Art of Taming a Rake is a great mix of adventure, mystery and romance. I really felt for Venetia’s character in standing by her beliefs, even at the cost of her family and her place in society.   The Art of Taming a Rake is the fourth book in the Legendary Lovers series but is a stand alone novel (at the time of writing this I have not read any other books in this series).  The Art of Taming a Rake is a good, quick historical mystery that I enjoyed.

 

You can read an excerpt here.

Legendary Lovers Reading Order:

Princess Charming

Lover Be Mine

Secrets of Seduction

The Art of Taming a Rake

My Fair Lover (release date TBA)

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Title: The Art of Taming a Rake

Author: Nichole Jordan

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 416

ISBN: 978-0-553-39255-5

Publisher: Ballantine Mass Market Original

Release Date: January 26, 2016

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

The Paper Magician by Charlie Homlberg Review

paper craneCeony Twill has worked so hard to fulfill her dreams of becoming a Metal Magician but on the eve of her graduation she is asked to become one of the few Paper Magicians and once bonded to a specific type of material she will only be able to perform magic with that material. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg begins with Ceony arriving at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane but not everything is as it seems when it comes to paper magic and sometimes we are lead to where we need to go even when it wasn’t part of our original plans.

When Magician Thane is attacked soon after Ceony’s arrival, it will take all her ingenuity, courage, and determination to save him from the practitioner’s of the forbidden dark arts.

I picked up The Paper Magician because it has been awhile since I read a true fantasy (as opposed to a paranormal/scifi/fantasy mix) and awhile since I read a Young Adult novel. The Paper Magician is an interesting fantasy novel, very different from most of the high fantasy I have previously read. In the world Holmberg has created, you only get a glimpse of the outside world as Ceony spends most of her time in the cottage or in a specific spot trying to save Thane (I’m not going to say too much because it will give away part of the novel) but the rules of magic are interesting and the few characters are well developed but it is Holmberg’s way with words that I really enjoyed. The images she weaves are, dare I say, magical.  Little pearls of wisdom are disbursed throughout the novel and are so spot on, “The ghostly images lasted only a moment longer before fading away, as all unread stories were wont to do.” But ultimately the great theme of the novel is summed up as this “Everyone has a dark side! But it’s their choice whether or not they cultivate it.” The Paper Magician is a fun fantasy novel that is well worth a read and I look forward to reading The Glass Magician. 

You can read an excerpt here.

The Paper Magician Series Reading Order

The Paper Magician

The Glass Magician

The Master Magician

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Title: The Paper Magician

Author: Charlie N. Holmberg

Format: eBook

Page Nos.: 226

AISN: B00HVF7OL0

Publisher: 47North

Release Date: September 1, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica