The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman Review

Meg Timmons has loved Hart Highgate, the brother of her best friend and son of her father’s enemy, since she was an awkward schoolgirl that he was kind to. In The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman, Hart has decided its time to get married and Meg must decide if she is brave enough to go after what she wants.

Viscount Hart Highgate has led a roguish life but has decided its time to get a wife and heir. Hart’s not really picky, he needs a woman who brings a nice dowry and won’t upset his life. While he has known Meg forever, it’s as if his eyes have been opened and he is really seeing her for the first time. But Meg is the opposite of what he has been looking for in a wife and yet he can’t keep from being drawn to her side.

I really enjoyed The Right Kind of Rogue. It has been a little while since I have read a historical novel and it was nice to return to the world of The Ton, where marriages are made based on titles and dowries and scandals. Meg’s character was charming, with the bravery to go after what she wanted but the vulnerability to question what she was doing. Hart’s character was the usual charming rogue but finding out his backstory and his actions even when he was mad at Meg made me like him. I really enjoyed Bowman’s exploring the question of “what happens when you get what you want but it doesn’t turn out how you thought?”  Well done and entertaining, I recommend The Right Kind of Rogue and will now be reading the rest of the series because I enjoyed all the secondary characters so much.

The Playful Brides Reading Order

The Unexpected Duchess

The Accidental Countess

The Unlikely Lady

The Irresistible Rogue

The Untamed Earl

The Legendary Lord

Never Trust a Pirate

The Right Kind of Rogue

A Duke Like No Other (May 2018)

The Right Kind of Rogue Book Cover The Right Kind of Rogue
Valerie Bowman
Fiction
St. Martin's Paperbacks
October 31, 2017
320

Can two star-crossed lovers come together—until death do they part? Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride—ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . . Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry—or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time? Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides novels are: “Wholly satisfying.”—USA Today “Smart and sensual...readers will be captivated.”—RT Book Reviews “Smoldering.” —Booklist

Baby, I’m Howling For You by Christine Warren Review

Renny Landry believes that if she can just make it to Alphaville, she will be safe for the first time in what seems like forever. Baby, I’m Howling for You by Christine Warren begins with Renny being forced to abandon her car and make a run for where she thinks Alphaville is, that holy grail of shifter cities, a place where it doesn’t matter what trouble is following you, you will be safe. And boy is trouble following Renny with a capital T. Little does Renny know that by seeking safety she will find the one thing almost every shifter hopes to, her true mate.

Mick Fisher is shocked when an injured she-wolf appears on his property just outside the town of Alphaville. Mick does what he has to protect and help the injured wolf when he discovers she is the one thing he never thought to have a second chance with, a true mate. But having loved and lost, the last thing Mick wants is another mate with the potential to destroy what little is left of his heart, but can he really turn is his back on the determined Renny, especially when trouble is nipping at her heels?!

Baby, I’m Howling for You is a fantastic return to The Others series while still being a new story line in a new location. Renny is strong and determined to rebuild her life into what she wants, which I loved about her. And I loved the character of the town librarian! Mick I wanted to smack upside the head a couple of times but that seems to be my normal reaction when reading about stubborn Alpha males. I devoured the book and read the following novella Something to Howl About the next day. While Baby, I’m Howling for You is a set in The Others world, you definitely don’t need to have read any of the previous books and it works well as a stand alone novel. Be aware that there is some use of the F word among other swearing.

Alphaville Reading Order:

Something To Howl About (novella)

Baby, I’m Howling For You

Baby, I'm Howling For You Book Cover Baby, I'm Howling For You
Christine Warren
Fiction
St. Martin's Paperbacks
January 30, 2018
320
5

WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps. Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her... Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life...even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels? “Warren is a master of paranormal romance.”—Night Owl Romance

Alphaville by Christine Warren Blog Tour and Excerpt

Novel Reaction is excited to be participating in the Blog Tour for Alphaville, a new series of books by Christine Warren set in her The Others series.  I have been a fan of The Other series for a number of years, I’m not going to say how many years because that might reveal my true age but we’ll just say more than five and I did have actual print copies before rebuying them so I could have the entire collection in ebook format for those times I binge reread them, which has happened more than once.  Do you reread favorite series?

I am pleased to be able to share with you an excerpt from Baby, I’m Howling For You, which will be available on January 30, 2018. I was lucky enough be receive an advanced copy and you can read my review here.

Chapter One


The valiant old Nissan ran out of gas thirteen miles short of her destination. Renny would ponder the irony of that number some other time. Right now, she needed to run, and run fast.

She jumped from the car the minute it stopped moving, abandoning the vehicle on the shoulder of the two-lane highway. Before she reached the tree line, she was already tearing off her shirt, ignoring the chilly bite of the pre-spring March air. She threw the garment aside and immediately reached for the button of her jeans. She continued to hop forward as she struggled out of the confining denim, but the minute that last restriction fell away, she shifted.

Fur replaced skin, arms became forelegs. Between desperate breaths, humanity slid away, and in the place of the panicked woman, a sleek red wolf began to weave through the trunks of the trees.

Her claws dug through the lingering patches of wet, heavy snow and soft leaf litter to the soil of the forest floor, flinging small clumps of mud into the air in her wake. She needed to put as much distance as she could between herself and her pursuers. She might not have seen them on her tail from the highway, but it wouldn’t take much longer. They were the reason she hadn’t been able to stop for gas for the last couple of hours. They’d already chased her across two state lines and more than five hundred miles, and that was just this time. Somehow, she couldn’t picture them giving up now.

She didn’t bother to think about what she’d left behind on the roadside. If the pack caught up to her, it wouldn’t matter whether or not someone ransacked her car and stole all of her worldly possessions. She didn’t think she’d need a good book or many changes of clothes in the afterlife.

If there was such a thing. Frankly, Renny wasn’t all that anxious to find out.

Keeping her head down and her feet moving, she continued to track north and west from the roadside, calling up the map in her head to guide her in the right direction. The last road sign she’d seen had put the Snoqualmie Pass about twenty-five miles northwest by the highway. Heading directly north instead should put the town center of her destination somewhere in that thirteen-mile range, so she had to keep running. Just a little farther.

Alphaville, or die trying.

The town of Alpha, Washington, had shimmered like a mirage on her horizon for years now. As a pup, she’d heard stories—everyone heard stories—of the northwestern town founded and run by shifters as a haven for those of their kind with nowhere else to go. Wolves driven from their packs, bears with injuries and scars inflicted by careless hunters, lions who couldn’t control their shifts, leopards who needed to change their spots—they all went to Alpha, and they all, eventually, got better.

Surely a town like that could provide a safe haven to one small wolf with a teensy-tiny little stalker problem. Right?

Please, Goddess, let her be right.

Renny’s ears swiveled back and forth as she ran, their extra-large proportions helping to catch and funnel in the sounds of pursuit. And damn it, she thought she heard the first indications of it already. They’d found the car, and even if the muddy snow weren’t perfect for holding tracks, they knew she would have fled into the forest. That was what wolves did, after all.

She poured on another burst of speed, paws barely seeming to skim the cold ground as she flew toward sanctuary. Or what she prayed was sanctuary, anyway. If she was wrong, she wouldn’t live to regret it.

The first staccato bark confirmed her fears. One of her pursuers had picked up her scent trail and was alerting the others to the location. Now it was only a matter of time before they found her. All she could do was run and pray she made it to safety before they all caught up.

If just one came at her, she could handle it. In a fight between a lone wolf and a single coyote, the wolf almost always won, even a smaller and lighter red wolf like her. Which was why Geoffrey had sent five of them after her. No way could she beat those odds. Five trained male enforcers of any species against little ol’ her? She’d need to be a polar bear to survive that.

Branches snapped behind her, urging Renny to move even faster. If the coyotes on her tail weren’t worried about making noise, then they wouldn’t bother choosing a clear path to follow her. They’d plow through anything to take the straightest line right to her. Clearly, her nemesis had instructed them not to mess around anymore.

A sharp yip of anticipation gave her a single instant of warning, and that will to survive made her dip her shoulder and twist into a sharp right turn. She dove into the underbrush, ignoring the clumps of snow that plopped onto her head and the way the thorns ripped through her thick fur to scrape at the skin beneath. She could warm up and lick her wounds later, when she was safe.

If she managed to save herself at all.

The unexpected maneuver may have gained her a few inches of distance between herself and the lead coyote, but that didn’t last. She could feel the enforcers closing in again, harrying her as if she were some kind of prey animal, like a wounded deer on the way to becoming the pack’s next meal.

The comparison fit way too close for comfort.

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Baby, I'm Howling For You Book Cover Baby, I'm Howling For You
Christine Warren
Fiction
St. Martin's Paperbacks
January 30, 2018
320

WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps. Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her... Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life...even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels? “Warren is a master of paranormal romance.”—Night Owl Romance

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 

The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband Book Cover The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband
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.