Blog Tour Giveaway, Review of A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT by Meredith Duran — just released!

a-ladys-code-of-misconduct-by-meredith-duranFrom the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of Fool Me Twice, the 2015 RITA Award Winner for Historical Romance

AND Luck Be a Lady, an RT Book Reviews Nominee for Best Book of 2015 Historical Novel

Title: A Lady’s Misconduct  Rules for the Reckless Series, Book 5
Meredith Duran
Published by:
Pocket Books
Published Date:
February 28, 2017
Price: $7.99

Praise for A Lady’s Code of Misconduct:

“Political intrigue and conspiracies abound in Duran’s engrossing fifth Rules for the Reckless Victorian romance (after Luck Be a Lady), which boasts plot twists galore…Duran is at the pinnacle of her craft as she weaves together humor, forgiveness, and love in a flawlessly executed plot. Jane, Crispin, and the rest of the characters are all well drawn, and the love scenes strike the perfect balance of steamy and sweet. Each layer in the story is suspenseful and delightful, making this the best installment so far.” Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“A sham marriage, political intrigue, and a case of amnesia provide a backdrop for this absorbing Victorian romance. Although Duran (Luck Be a Lady, 2015, etc.) has written a novel as layered as an onion, the characters are well-drawn and the plot flawlessly executed. Add in some very steamy sex, and the fifth installment of Duran’s Rules for the Reckless series can’t help but delight. This book weaves its spell so thoroughly that the most fortunate reader will be the one who has time to read the entire thing in one sitting. A masterful tale of suspense, forgiveness, and love.” Kirkus STARRED REVIEW

 “Political intrigue drives a captivating historical romance…This Regency romance, part of the Rules for the Reckless series, is a smart love story, peopled with complex and absorbing characters.” BookPage, TOP PICK IN ROMANCE

About the Book:
USA TODAY  bestselling author Meredith Duran’s A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT is the fifth sizzling novel in the Rules for the Reckless series—a sexy and evocative Regency romance between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord.


Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.


The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for…


My Thoughts: Intense, riveting, painful and delightfully readable!

I haven’t read all of this series, but I’ve read enough that I knew I’d not be disappointed. When a story and writing style make me stop and reread certain thoughts, I’m on my way to being entrenched.  Here are some of the quotables:

A man cannot alter his very nature.

The machine of progress should not crush those most desperate for its boons.

Love does not last. Life steals it away.

Bravery can’t be purchased. … So where, then, should one look for it?


Throughout the story, Jane Mason is seeking out.  Out from the tyranny of an uncle who lives off of Jane’s inheritance.  Six years is a long time of cowering, denying the essence of who she is.  She needed to make them believe her docility, that she be beaten and totally manipulative.  But when cornered, the time right, she embarks on her escape.

Jane’s existence when her parents lived, made her an intelligent, wise and driven woman. Her mother, with her passionate charity work helped shape Jane.  Her father’s work in parliament and his sincere desire to see a better society for all, also greatly influenced Jane. Her life with her uncle has taught her the duplicity of man, political manuvering for gain of power, and an astute understanding of man’s hidden agenda.  She’s full of grit, determination and aspires to escape.  Her moment of decision comes, she takes it, and her journey to be truly free begins. But can she attain it?

Crispin Burke is her vehicle, albeit unbeknownst to him. He is a man who wants power and she freedom.  Both do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.

Jane has a hard time defining what freedom, however. Crispin and Jane both live by the motto, trust no one.  Will they be able to learn to trust each other? Survival may very well demand it.


“I won’t run away from this,” she said slowly. “That wasn’t what I dreamed of. That isn’t…freedom.”

“There are many degress of freedom.” His glance fell to the paper. “I expect one doesn’t realize that until all of them are stripped away.”


This is a story perfectly plotted, a page-turner in every respect, characters intensely real with challenges seemingly insurmountable. Duran uses hook after hook to pull you into this captivating read.  Her turn of phrase, often poetic in its imagery, makes a delightful, entertaining and emotional read. A highly recommended series with this particularly book being fantastic!

 meredithduranauthorphoto848About the author: Meredith Duran is the author of ten previous novels, including The Duke of Shadows (winner of the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition); Wicked Becomes You (included on the Woman’s World List of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010), and the USA TODAY bestseller and RITA Award Winner Fool Me Twice. She blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history, and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after. She enjoys collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. Visit her at, on Twitter @meredithduran and Facebook AuthorMeredithDuran.


Reckless Reward:

The twenty starred blogs (*) below will giveaway one set (Reckless Reward!) of three autographed copies in the Rules for the Reckless series: Fool Me Twice, Lady Be Good, and Luck Be A Lady. You can enter on all participating sites, but you can only win once. To celebrate the fifth in the series, there will be five Reckless Reward giveaways per day beginning publication day, Tuesday, February 28th – Friday, March 3rd. U.S. only.

For a chance to win this great giveaway on my blog, please tell me what you like about my Booktalk with Eileen and what you think could use improvement!  If you haven’t visited my blog before, and unable to answer this question, then let me know what draws you to reading books of the Regency period.  Good luck to all participants! Giveaway stays open for two weeks from date of posting.

Blog Tour:


Sunday, February 26th
Nikbooklovers Blog

Monday, February 27th
Books for Her

Tuesday, February 28th
*The Romance Dish
*Canadian Book Addict
*Just Another New Blog
*Top 10 Romance Books
*Unabridged Chick
Buried Under Romance
Dear Author
Toot’s Book Reviews – Feature
Il Profumo delle Pergamene
Marvelous Things
My Book Addiction and More

Wednesday, March 1st
*Book Nerd
*Reviews by Crystal
*All About Romance
*Booktalk with Eileen
*We So Nerdy
Roses Are Blue
In the Hammock
Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews – Spotlight
Romance Book Reviews for You

Thursday, March 2nd
*I am, Indeed
*A Midlife Wife
*Literary Gossip
*Undeniably Book Nerdy
*Dew On The Kudzu
Books and Beauty Are My Bag
Ebook Obsessed
Abigail Books Addiction
Dirty Girl Romance – Spotlight
Bookhounds – Q&A
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – An Interview with The Librarian, 9:00 pm ET
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – Facebook Event

Friday, March 3rd
*Black ‘N Gold Girl’s Book Spot
*JoJo the Bookaholic
*Sportochick’s Musings
*The Reading Wench
*Got Fiction Book Blog
Cup of Tea and Book
The Reading Addict
Nicely Phrased
Ladeetda Reads
Silvatrend8553 Book Blog
Night Owl Reviews – Author Guest Post

Saturday, March 4th
Passionate Encounters

Sunday, March 5th
My Little Book Corner

Monday, March 6th
Reading Frenzy – Spotlight
Bookish – Giveaway
Foreign Circus Library
Poof Books

Tuesday, March 7th
I Love Romance
Bookworm2bookworm – Spotlight, Excerpt, and Review
Dirty and Thirty
Wild Wordy Women
Polished Bookworm
Sammi’s Bookish Reality
Passionate Reads
Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh my!
Everyday Gyaan
Celtic Lady’s Reviews – Spotlight

Wednesday, March 8th
Moonlight Rendezvous
One More Chapter
All Things Bookaholic
Fresh Fiction – Spotlight

Thursday, March 9th
Happy Ever After Romance Book Reviews
The Book Junkie Reads
Three Boys and an Old Lady blog

 Friday, March 10th
Smitten by Books
Celtic Guardian
Reader Girls
Jathan & Heather





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Review: AJ’S WISH by Renee filippucci-Kotz ~ a story for children about wanting a pet — very informative for both child and parent

32841469Title: AJ’s Wish Amelia Jae Series, Book 1
Author: Renee Filippucci-Kotz
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Pages: 54
Published by: Archway Publishing
Published Date: November 1, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B01M35EJ51

Publisher’s Summary: Pets are a big part of many children’s lives. They can be a child’s first—and maybe best—friend. But do you know what needs to be considered when bringing one into your home?

Ten-year-old AJ isn’t sure. She only knows she has always loved animals. She enjoys playing with her grandma’s pets and the pets of her friends. But in author Renee Filippucci-Kotz’s AJ’s Wish you’ll read about her greatest wish—a pet of her own! After she and her family watch a program about all the animals in shelters, she asks her parents for a pet. When they say no, she sets out to prove she is responsible enough to care for an animal.

Ms. Filippucci-Kotz is a longtime volunteer with her local, county animal shelter and several rescue organizations. AJ’s Wish is more than an entertaining story of AJ’s quest for a pet. The author shares with readers what kind of research you should do before deciding on the right pet for your family, or even if your family should have a pet. After all, bringing a pet into a family is a serious commitment.


My Thoughts:  Most households come to this point as their children grow into responsible family members. Should we have a pet?  And if so, what kind?  What do we have to take into account in acquiring one?

I liked the story and the way the author immediately makes a child’s opinion matter.

The story is prefaced with Acknowledgments to seven young people, ages six through eleven who helped with the evolution and suggestions for the story.

Following that is a section titled Reviews, where four children wrote what they liked about the story as well as two mom’s.

Therefore, those two sections set the story dynamics very neatly into a mutual effort of a child’s desire for a pet and the parents concern the pet be well cared for if one joins their home. The big plus to reading this story is how the parent can help guide a child to make the right choice (tone of advice), providing a responsible path taking into account the child’s needs, the pet’s and the parent’s.  The repartee between AJ and her parents is something of a learning tool to a parent, I suspect.

The book is written with the intent to help children see what care an animal needs and how to acquire this information.  It displays a few illustrations through the story which enhance the readability.

I like the story. I like the message. And I approve how the author makes this story a tool of learning – both for parent and child. If you are looking for a book to help with the selection of a pet for your home, this is a lovely read.

The author provided me a copy for review.  My review expresses my unbiased thoughts and opinions.

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Review: COULD’VE SAID YES by Tracy March ~ a small-town sweet romance

28502789Title: Could’ve Said Yes The Thistle Bend Series, Book 3
Author: Tracy March
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Story Setting: Thistle Bend, Colorado
Pages: 214
Published by: Loveswept
Published Date: December 13, 2016
Sold by: Random House LLC

The Thistle Bend Series: (ecopy purchase link)
Should’ve Said No
Just Say Maybe
Could’ve Said Yes

Publisher’s Summary:

The truth paves a path for a second chance at love in a captivating Thistle Bend novel from the award-winning author of Should’ve Said No (“A small-town gem of a read, sparkling with humor and warmth.”—Zoe Dawson).
Having recently returned to Thistle Bend, Colorado, Ellie London is working hard to make a living as an artist, and to get over her broken engagement. She’s focused only on guarding her heart and healing her mind . . . until a cocky, undeniably sexy out-of-towner rides in on his motorcycle. Turns out, Ellie might have just found the perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she’s over her cheating fiancé.

After his own engagement falls through, EPA Inspector Collin Cooper is eager for a change of scenery in Thistle Bend. His principle rule of the road is not to get too involved with a new woman—and yet he can’t resist beautiful, outdoorsy Ellie. But when a local river becomes polluted under Collin’s supervision, resentment floods the entire town, running even deeper with Ellie’s family. With his job on the line, Collin needs to find a way to set things right—and hold on to the woman who has captured his heart.


My Thoughts:   I like my heroines smart, sassy and just a bit vulnerable.  My heroes I like strong, but with a chink, handsome, and just a little leery of the opposite sex. Couldn’t Said Yes gives me both.

In this small-town setting, it’s the perfect place not to be lost in a crowd and to make a difference. Thistle Bend has been the home to Ellie London, until she went off the deep end for a guy who didn’t deserve her.  Recently, returned to her home town, she is adopted by two little old ladies who are a force in their own right.

Ellie starts a gallery in town; works as a photographer for the local paper; and works with one of her two brothers, developing shots of river rafters as they fly the rapids.  Her dreams are to be recognized by her talent as a local artist.  She loves to be home.again, although her dreams don’t include meeting a guy she respects, admires, and who’s physically sizzling hot – she can’t resist taking another chance.

Collin enjoys nature, and biking. He happy to be working in Thistle Bend with the EPA response team.  Its Big Star Mine is leaking contaminated water and he’s part of the team to find its cause.  Ellie catches his eye. Breaking his rule, he longs for more than a night stand with her.

He also happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or looking at it from another side, the right place at the right time.  Collin makes a choice – quick as it is, he feels it’s the right one.  His actions and the aftermath are not what he anticipates.  Will his chance of happiness with the woman who feels right in his arms be destroyed?

Ellie has problems with people who lie.  She’s been down this path before.  When Collin is caught in a lie, lying to her, Ellie quickly reacts.  She shuts down and wants nothing to do with him.

In this story the author explores how people who love each other lose trust when a lie comes between and how lies can eat away at a good person’s soul.

If you are reader who enjoys small-town romances and sweet endings, you’ll love Thistle Bend, a town of magical opportunities for love.


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Just Released: NIGHTHAWK, Book 7 of the de Wolfe pack series ~ engage your senses and join Le Veque’s world of knights

33134620Title: Nighthawk de Wolfe pack series, Book 7
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Medieval Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1271 A.D., England
Pages: 389
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc., 2 edition
Published Date: February 21, 2017

Publisher’s Summary:
1271 A.D. – The Wolfe’s greatest son is a man known as NIGHTHAWK.

Patrick de Wolfe is every bit his father’s son – cunning, intelligent, and ruthless. An enormous man with his father’s dark hair and his mother’s pale green eyes, he’s the man destined to lead William de Wolfe’s great legacy. He is so great, in fact, that the king has personally asked for his service, as one of the king’s personal body guards. On the eve of Patrick departing for this auspicious assignment, he finds himself caught up in a skirmish along the Scots border.

And a prize lands in his lap that will change his destiny.

A prize in the form of a Scots captive harboring a deadly and important secret, one that could bring war and destruction upon those who shelter her. When Brighton “Bridey” de Favereux is rescued by the powerful English knight, she is taken back to the massive fortress of Questing Castle, seat of the legendary de Wolfe family. Having known nothing but hardship and cruelty her entire life, she is surprised when they are kind to her. The English, who are supposed to be her mortal enemy, are gracious and generous. For the first time, she understands that people can be kind to each other.

And the kindest one of all is the man who saved her.

Some loves are unexpected while others are instantly realized. The love between Patrick and Brighton is something that comes from a deeper place of understanding and attraction, a powerful love that cannot be denied… but it is a love that may cost them both their very lives when Bridey’s terrible secret is uncovered.



My Thoughts: I expect a story of passion, battles, knights and personal struggles when I delve into one of Kathryn Le Veque’s story.  She never, ever disappoints me.

This superb story revolves around love – love for family, friends, of one’s country and ultimately love of a true-life partner – a tie so engulfing, so fulfilling, it’s as air to a soul.

“My love for your mother has pulled me through time and space, and continues to do so. Not even death will end it.”  Quote from Nighthawk, words from William de Wolfe, Patrick’s father

If you’ve been reading Le Veque, you’ll find her books are more than three-dimensional in their setting.  They are somehow compounded with such richly textured characters, action-packed battles where death stares you in the face, such love and understanding you wish to reside in her world for all time. As I read further into her many books, it only gets better because characters from her other novels return to us as a community of people whose lives are interwoven with each other.

Patrick de Wolfe, the youngest son of William, loves his Da, never wants to tangle (she always wins) with his Scot’s born mother, is loyal to his family, and is career driven.  A dream he’s always had, to join King Henry as his protector has come to him.  Just as he thinks he knows what is important in life, he meets a young woman, saves her life, and from this point his journey diverges.

Who could know that love could change him so?  But with his need to protect this woman, he brings danger to his own family.  Brighton de Favereux has breached the dynamics of Patrick’s world.  Patrick’s decisions and actions will try the tight-knit connections with his parents, uncle, sisters and brothers. His Da, very wise and greatly respected, butts heads with his son.  Parents always think they know what is best for their children.  Patrick needs to find his way and in this elegantly written story he does. He sees his father’s actions speak louder than his words for Patrick thinks his father has lived the example that love is the most important thing in the world—that is what he needs to discover for himself.

“I think I knew I loved her from the start,” he mumbled. “It is not a matter of defying the church or disobeying you. I had to answer my heart, Da.” Quote from Nighthawk, words from Patrick de Wolfe.

Brighton is a postulate of the priory.  She’d been delivered to the church just after she was born.  She must be returned to her position there, but can Patrick let her go? Danger, secrets and evil surround her in seemingly innocent surroundings.  Mother Prioress has hidden hurt and hatred for the Haye clan.  This is set to explode with Brighton in the middle.

As Brighton and Patrick’s budding romance takes hold, doubts plague Brighton as she realizes her total inadequacy in this new world outside of the priory.  She can’t possibly measure up to the type of woman Patrick needs.

Patrick is in new territory with this woman, too.  He realizes he loves her and wants to protect her.  There is a scene, just too funny, where Patrick wants to make love to Brighton, and he likens his wife’s body as a keep – laying siege to it much like his warrior instincts!  Brother!  Can you imagine this innocent’s reaction?  Patrick, you deserve an eye-roll, big time!

If you haven’t read any of Le Veque’s work, you are in for such a treat.  The more I read, the more I become familiar with the knights and the world of Le Veque! Wonderful reads, exciting moments and deliciously poignant scenes.

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Releases Today! Book 3 of The Imperial Season by Mary Lancaster. VIENNA DAWN

34328002Title: Vienna Dawn The Imperial Season, Book 3
Author: Mary Lancaster
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Story Setting: Vienna, Austria, 1814
Pages: 232
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc. 1 edition
Published Date: February 21, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

The Imperial Season Series:
Vienna Waltz
Vienna Woods
Vienna Dawn

Publisher’s Summary:
En route to Vienna, where the great powers of Europe are making peace and elaborate entertainments, spirited Russian countess, Dunya Savarina, is rescued from ruin by Captain Richard Trelawny, a wounded British officer who has given up on life and happiness.

Resourcefully, Dunya secures Trelawny’s alliance in her master-plan to marry her first love. After all, having lost an arm and an affianced bride in rapid succession, the captain is clearly in need of her peculiar brand of help in his own affairs. Together, they embark upon a deception intended to win back their old loves.

Roused from indifference by Dunya’s whirlwind vitality, Trelawny adroitly handles his sham engagement, hostile family, wicked seducers, espionage, elopements, and duels, all the while protecting Dunya and trying very hard not to fall in love with her.

And Dunya begins to suspect that first love is not always the greatest love – or even the most fun.

My Thoughts:   Mary Lancaster hits a home run on this story, the third novel in The Imperial Season series.

Dunya, a Countess of Russia, good-hearted, lively disposition, full of exuberance and determined nature seeks to reunite herself with Etienne de la Tour.  She is convinced he is the love of her life, therefore, uses any means at her disposal to somehow win his love in return.

On her way with her family to Vienna, she is frustrated, angry and upset with her sister and husband, Anastasia and Nicolai. Rather stupidly, as she soon realizes, she leaves their party, to travel alone to Vienna.  Luckily, or perhaps not, she falls prey to a rake – Lord Sebastian Niven.  He lulls her into a false security, takes her to an inn for the evening and plans to have his way with her. Niven is always looking to lift a skirt, and obviously, this young innocent, with no travel companions or maid, is meant to provide entertainment.

Richard Trelawny, Captain of the 95th Rifles is man of many facets, and one I particularly enjoyed getting to know.  Dunya, trying to escape Lord Sebastian’s seductive intention dives into Richard’s room in the inn.  She quickly tells of her predicament, consequently Richard is able to thwart Niven.

Richard remembers when he was very much like Dunya, full of the need of adventure and the desire to live life to the fullest.  But the war had reduced his horizons, and now it is but a memory.  He changes his travel plans and accompanies Dunya into Vienna.  She changes his life.

Excerpt of dialog where Dunya comes up with a brilliant scheme while travelling by carriage to Vienna:

He watched her for several minutes before she drew in her breath sharply and turned back to meet his gaze. “I have a plan,” she announced.

“Go on,’ he invited, waiting to be amused.

“You and I should pretend to be engaged,’ she said blithely. “To each other.”

With difficulty, ‘Trelawny prevented his jaw from landing on the carriage floor. “We should?” he asked in fascination.

“Of course!  It’s a perfect solution.” She raised her hands from her lap counting all the reasons on her elegantly gloved fingers. “Firstly, it would help with the problem of my chaperone—at least my lack on one!–last night, with both my family and the world. Indeed Anastasia and Nicolai—and maybe even Vanya—will be terribly grateful to you. And best of all, we shall make both my Etienne and your Jane jealous? When they see us together, they’ll realize they’ve loved us all along and can’t bear us to be married to each other. In this way, you and I shall win our true loves again and be happy.”

We are quickly caught up in a society of trivial lives, where one seeks his/her own advantage, where danger lurks even in allies, where society mines are ready to trip the naïve and discontent. Lancaster paints a rich and dangerous society, yet balances it with a convergence of subplots convoluted with half-truths and assumptions to tickle any funny bone!

We meet Jane, a seemingly shallow woman, once betrothed to Richard, now betrothed to Mr. Fawcett, while Etienne de la Tour is pursuing her, looking for an advantageous marriage and win a wager.

Anastasia and Nicolai have recently married and already their marriage is on the rocks. Anastasia seeks Lord of Niven’s attentions to salve her ego, who also wants to win the same wager which Etienne is hoping to win. The wager between the two is who is able to ruin a virtuous woman first.

Will Anatasia wake up and seek love where it truly lies?  Will Jane stop playing the game of riches when she has none? Will Richard have what his heart desires? Will Etienne or Niven win the wager?

I highly recommend this series.  It sounded like it may continue.  I hope so.  Lancaster writes an entertaining, suspenseful story with class.

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Audiobook Review: WYVERN’S MATE by Deborah Cooke ~ beyond our galaxy, be transported to the Kingdom of Incendium

29926812Title: Wyvern’s Mate The Dragons of Incendium, book 1
Author: Deborah Cooke
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Page: 188
Published by: Deborah A. Cooke, 1.1 edition
Published Date: June 14, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 3 hours, 41 minutes
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Published by: Deborah A. Cooke

The Dragons of Incendium Series: ecopy purchase
Wyvern’s Mate
Wyvern’s Prince
Wyvern’s Warrior
All Three Books Series


Publisher’s Summary:

Once, in the Kingdom of Incendium, there were twelve princesses of the realm, each a dragon shifter. Each fiery and passionate. Each possessed of an appetite for pleasure that only her destined mate can satisfy. Twelve men are expected in Incendium, each with special powers of his own, each with the gift to claim one dragon princess’s heart forever.

Troy will do whatever is necessary to earn his freedom from solitary confinement on the penal colony of Xanto, even assassinate a princess of Incendium. Being a MindBender, he has a serious advantage as a predator and thinks the princess in question doesn’t have a chance. Only one of them can survive and Troy knows who it will be—until he meets Drakina.

Royal dragon shifter Drakina has a quest of her own, to seduce her destined mate and conceive the crown prince of Incendium. Her father will free her from all other responsibilities if she completes this one task. Drakina craves her independence enough to seduce the unattractive Terran who is the Carrier of the Seed. She’s sure it will be a quick seduction—until she meets Troy.

Worlds collide when Troy and Drakina meet, and passion flares. The attraction is so powerful that they both choose to put their goals aside for one night of passion together. When their respective secrets are revealed, will the truth turn one against the other? Or will destiny allow this star-crossed pair to save each other and their unborn son?

My Thoughts:  Knowing both the narrator and author in a historical romance setting, it was a little hard to shift gears.  Nevertheless, the story caught my attention and held lots of appeal.

Drakina, the first of the princesses of Incendium, is pretty much like any rebellious daughter when parents lay down the law.  But Drakina is not a human, but a dragon shifter and comes from a planet more highly advanced than Terran, which we know as earth.

Her father’s astrologers have foretold Drakina must journey to Terran where the carrier who carries the seed is.  Her body must be impregnated by this seed to bear a royal egg, a child destined to save the kingdom.

Drakina is obstinate, doesn’t want to do her duty, but is told this is the last thing she must do for the kingdom.  Then she would have her freedom.  Again, this sounds suspiciously like our teenagers of today!  Drakina, knowing this, says she will not marry him, but will bear the royal prince. She sees her freedom ahead of her, therefore, prepares for the journey, learning several languages, and does what she must to ‘fit’ in.

Drakina is such a beauty with a curvaceous, voluptuous body that no matter if her clothes and speech fit in the small town of St. Anthony, she does not. Troy is drawn in like bee to nectar.

Troy is aware the princess wants him.  He, in fact, is returned to earth to destroy her. By so doing, he gains his freedom from the penal colony where he’d been for the last ten years. If he fails, he will be executed.

Both Troy and Drakina have every reason to succeed in their individual quests–the stakes are high on both sides.  Drakina is intrigued by Troy and decides to draw out her time with him–she has 48 hours. Troy is captured by not only her beauty, but her spirit and finds joy in her dragon form.  So what to do?  Can either do what they set out to do?

I hope you enjoy this story where galactic justice just may prevail and two souls find true love.

Recent interview with Deborah Cooke at Paranormal Romance Lovers Blog

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Released today — MARKED BY HONOR by Alexa Aston ~ feisty, brave heroine, honorable and determined hero make for an enticing read!

33987239Title: Marked By Honor Knights of Honor Series, Book 2
Author: Alexa Aston
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: England, 1363
Pages: 196
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Published Date: February 10, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B01MR9R868

Knight of Honor Series:
Word of Honor [presently free on Amazon] my review
Marked By Honor

Publisher’s Summary:

1363 A.D. – Lady Beatrice Bordel loses her mother and grandfather on the same day, leaving her penniless. With no protector and no prospects for marriage, her future is dismal. Hoping her grandfather’s oldest friend will take her in, Beatrice journeys north and is set upon by a band of highwaymen. All seems lost—until Sir Raynor Le Roux arrives.

Raynor nurses a broken heart as he returns to his home. He comes upon a scene of horror in the woods and rescues a beautiful woman who stirs strong emotions within him. When he learns that Lady Beatrice travels to her betrothed and is alone in the world, the code of chivalry that guides Raynor’s life compels him to escort her so that she may marry her intended.

But Beatrice has told Raynor a white lie, trying to protect herself, even as she is drawn to the handsome knight. As their growing attraction turns to love, her dishonesty stands in the way. Will Beatrice admit to her deception and tell Raynor the truth—or will this chivalrous knight turn away from the women he desires?

Join Raynor and Beatrice as they travel toward their inevitable destination of love.

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My Thoughts:  Simply a lovely read with protagonists full of strength and honor, although each have difficulties to overcome.  It is fast-paced, with richly textured scenes, easily followed, moving the story forward in an energetic way where I didn’t lose interest in either the events or the characters.

Beatrice plunges into a new beginning, not knowing where it will take her.  After losing both her mother and grandfather on the same day, and losing her home and mother’s pearl necklace to a greedy landlord, she has little choice but to follow the plan her grandfather had for her—a journey to Brookhaven where her grandfather’s friend might help her find her way.

On the road with all her worldly possessions, she and Tolly come upon something in the middle of the road.

“What’s that?” Tolly asked, surprise in his voice.

Beatrice turned to look at the road and saw a dark shape in the middle of their path. With dusk falling, though, she couldn’t make out what the obstacle might be.

Tolly slowed the cart and leaned over to pick up the lantern. He stood and held it high.

“It’s a man. I must see to him.” The servant eased himself down from the driver’s seat and reached for the lantern to guide his way.

She climbed down from the cart, as well. If the man was injured or ill, she could help.

They approached the still figure. Beatrice checked his body, finding no apparent wounds. Perhaps a weak heart had caused his collapse.

Unfortunately, the man in the road was not only uninjured but was a highwayman, with another in the hidden in forest.

She watched in horror as Tolly’s eyes widened in surprise. He howled in pain and fell back as his hands grabbed for the buried dagger. As the stranger sat up, Beatrice ran back to the cart, the lantern swinging wildly at her side. Tolly kept an ax in the cart which he used to chop wood. She would threaten this man with it.

But as she set the lantern in the cart and reached for the ax, she found a second man waiting in the bed. He’d already opened her trunk and was rifling through it, tossing clothes and books aside. A book hit the lantern and knocked it over, spilling oil everywhere. The clothes scattered in the bed of the wagon caught fire.

This scene is very nerve wracking and shows the stuff that Beatrice is made of.  Even so, if it hadn’t been for Sir Raynor happening above the scene, the story would have been much different.

When Raynor stumbles upon a woman defending herself furiously in the road, he quickly dispatches justice, with thoughts of respect in her ability to handle these ruffians. He cannot leave the woman alone, with her servant dead, so takes her to Ashcroft. Beatrice is very quick to protect herself.  She quickly tells him she is on her way to her betrothed at Brookhaven. As expected, this places limits on Sir Raynor thoughts and actions.  But such a small lie seems to grow wings and gives Beatrice second thoughts and problems.

Nothing is lacking in Sir Raynor Le Roux. He’s a solid, fair man, honorable and kind.  Once back at Ashcroft, he sees how his brother, Peter, has let the property deteriorate.  He feels guilt, leaving his home for so many years, therefore decides to bring Ashcroft back to rights.  But has he waited too long to be home, to support his brother, Peter?

I enjoyed how Beatrice pitches in to help get the manor back in shape. In the process, she gains self-esteem, and gains respect from the servants while catching Sir Raynor’s eye for not only is she kind, intelligent and a beauty.  So bottom line:  Can Sir Raynor let Beatrice go to her betrothed in Brookhaven, after capturing his heart?  Does he even know how much he is trapped by the person she is and her beauty?

I’ve enjoyed the first two books of his series.  This book can be read as a standalone, but it is very enjoyable knowing the backstory of Sir Raynor Le Roux which lies in book one, Word of Honor.

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