Tour Stop ~ ‘Stripped Raw’ by Prescott Lane.

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Stripped Raw by Prescott Lane
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: 3rd March 2016.

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Kenzie

I’m a yes girl.  Get your mind out of the gutter; I’m not talking about sex.  I’m talking about saying yes to whatever comes my way in life.  So when I had the chance to move to Europe after college, I said, yes.  When I had the chance to open my own lingerie line, I said, yes.  And when my stepsister got diagnosed with cancer and needed me to come home and help her raise her daughter, I said, yes.  That’s me, Kenzie — the yes girl!  In every area of my life but one —Love.  Always the first to leave a relationship.  Will I be able to say yes to love — to Kane — to being happy?  Or will I simply come undone and be stripped raw?

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Don’t let Kenzie fool you!  She’s a master at hiding behind a laugh and a smile.  Being an attorney, I prefer the facts.  This story isn’t as light and happy as my yes girl would have you believe.  No laugh can sugar coat what we are facing:  I’ve lost everything.  I know what it’s like to be left raw.  But sometimes that’s the only way to find love.  To strip yourself down, let the other person see all your shit, and hope they love you anyway.

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“I’m the good girl, very responsible, girl-next-door type.”

Should I tell her I took the virginity of the girl next door?  Probably not.  “I think you’re more than that,” I say, taking a step closer to her.  That wasn’t a line.  I really mean it.  I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think so.

I inch even closer, but she looks confused — a little like she wants me to kiss her, a little like she wants me to screw her, but mostly like she doesn’t want me to do anything more.  I can’t blame her; we only met a few hours ago.  Deacon is wrong about the one night stand thing.  This woman isn’t looking for a hookup.  I’m not, either.  One night with her wouldn’t be enough.  So I take a step back, my fists clenched at my sides to redirect my energy.

“That was my first catalog,” Kenzie says.  “I plan on doing two a year.”  She reaches for a sketchbook on her work table.  “This is what I’m working on for the next line.  I’ll be photographing them pretty soon.  The line is inspired by men’s clothing, so pinstripes and. . . .”

She keeps talking about the different fabrics, colors, and textures she plans to use.  I have no idea what she is saying, but marvel over what I’m seeing — corsets and bustiers, vests with garter belts, bras, and G-strings.  I love that these ideas, these fantasies, came out of her mind.  She is so much more than she thinks, so much more than the girl next door.

Kenzie flips to another sketch, this one of a navy bra and panty set with stockings and heels.  That will look perfect on her — especially bent over my office desk.  My cock throbbing, I take a deep breath and try to focus on what Kenzie is saying.  My eyes search the catalog pages for anything to distract me.  “What’s this?”

“Cuffs,” she says, “like on a man’s dress shirt.  But these double as handcuffs.”

Okay, that’s it.  The arts-and-crafts show is officially driving me crazy.  My dick is rock hard now, and I can’t take it anymore.


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Book Review ~ ‘Stripped Raw’ by Prescott Lane ~ 5 Stars!

How gorgeous this book is!

Prescott Lane always delivers with emotional, hard-hitting stories, but in ‘Stripped Raw’ she tears you apart and fixes you back together again with a story that is driven by some fantastic primary and secondary characters and woven together in the most beautiful way.

It’s hard to describe this story without giving away the plot, but it really is something you need to experience for yourself. Themes such as loss, love and strength all feature heavily and I learnt so much about myself from reading this book, which is something that I love when I encounter in fiction.

Kenzie was a fantastic main character. Strong, loyal, but scared of losing herself in love, she is the main driving force of this book and through her eyes I began to see the world in a new way. Her devotion to her sister and niece was heartwarming and seeing the strong bond the family unit shared brought tears to my eyes, particularly as her sister battles cancer.

Kane was one swoon-worthy hero for this story. Prescott Lane nailed down his character to perfection, and the chemistry that he and Kenzie shared was off the charts, which made for some wide-eyed moments and laughs throughout the chapters as they banter away. His strength, even after being badly hurt in the past was commendable and I witnessing how he and Kenzie worked together to heal each other and grow.

A fantastic, heart-felt novel. I can’t recommend it enough!

5 Stars!


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Prescott Lane

Prescott Lane is the author of First Position, Perfectly Broken, and her new release, Quiet Angel. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College with a degree in sociology. She went on to receive her MSW from Tulane University, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life.

Connect with Prescott Lane at http://www.pinterest.com/PrescottLane1/ and facebook.com/PrescottLane1 and http://www.twitter.com/prescottlane1 and http://instagram.com/prescottlane1 or at http://www.authorprescottlane.com

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North Pole Reform School

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Her Dear and Loving Husband

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Made in Nashville

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Shattered Veil

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The Howling Heart

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More Than Music

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See Through Me

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Next to You

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Defining Destiny

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Pretending

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Coming Home

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Tour Stop ~ ‘The Reason I Stay’ by Patty Maximini.

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The Reason I Stay by Patty Maximini
Publication date: September 10th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Jack Daniels is the cure to all evils.

Sex should be casual and, preferably, anonymous.

Giving a damn is for nurses, philanthropists and suicide hotlines.

My name is Mathew Rogers and those are the values I built my adult life around. They are also the reason I had to forsake everything I loved in Seattle and embark on a solitary road trip across the country, with no direction other than searching for the next small town, the next girl, and the closest liquor store.

Boredom, frustration and a series of unfortunate decisions led me to the rickety-ass town of Jolene, Alabama—a town I wanted to leave behind from the moment I passed the welcome sign. But it was there where I met her. The girl who made me question everything I’ve always believed in, and the only one who has ever had the power to break my heart.

Her name is Lexie.

She’s beautiful, and I’m pretty sure she hates me.

And for once in my life, I give enough of a damn that I keep finding a reason to stay.

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Book Review ~ ‘The Reason I Stay’ by Patty Maximini ~ 5 Stars!

‘The Reason I Stay’ is the perfect feel-good romance for anyone who has grown up or still lives in a small town. Patty Maximini perfectly set the scene for this heartwarming book so that I felt so comfortable and at home in the small town of Jolene, that I was invested in the story even before we got to know the characters better, as they already felt like my neighbours.

Lexie was the perfect heroine, and she was just one of those characters that you root for from the start. I loved her kindness, her compassion and her protective nature to those close to her. The perfect mix of her hope to see the best in everyone and her spunkiness when she is being unfairly treated made her a well rounded and developed character that readers will easily relate to.

Lexie’s love for her home-town shone through Maximini’s words and I really adored having a heroine who was a home-girl and not escaping her past as is very common in this genre.

Now Matt was a pretty unique hero and having to warm to him from the beginning made me love him more later on in the book. I really like seeing characters change through love but it was particularly amazing to see in Matt’s case. To see him want to change and become a better person who feels guilt and feels the need to apologise and make up for his past was really emotional to read, and I loved how in the end he didn’t change for Lexie, he changed for himself. I loved seeing how the small town life affected Matt and helped him develop as a person he felt proud of.

His and Lexie’s relationship was so beautiful to read, and I loved the pacing of it, where we see the progress of their relationship for almost a year before the trigger and peak of the story.

Patty Maximini has a real talent with words and has created a heart-warming story of love, atonement and forgiveness that was stunning from start to finish,

5 stars!

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Patty Maximini

Hopeless dreamer, tattoo enthusiast, Disney addict and hoarder of nail polishes and vegan recipes. Patty lives with her husband, her crazy cat, two dogs and elderly bunny in a house frequently visited by wild birds and chipmunks.

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Tour Stop ~ ‘Stupid Girl’ by Cindy Miles.

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Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles
Publication date: May 13th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Only fools fall in love…

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.

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Book Review ~ ‘Stupid Girl’ by Cindy Miles ~ 5 Stars!

Stupid Girl was the ultimate emotional, romantic and eventually heart-warming read.

Olivia was the most relatable and root-able heroine that I have encountered for a long time in this genre, and after finishing the chill inducing prologue, I knew that I was going to be very invested in Liv’s story and her finding future happiness so as soon as bad-boy Brax came on the scene, I immediately charged him with the role of Olivia’s protector and adored seeing how his player ways began to fall away as he and Liv became closer.

There is nothing better in this genre than seeing a bad-boy, not being tamed, but making a willing change to become a different and better person in order to be with and protect the person that they care about, and Brax was the perfect hero for this novel, and is still on my mind weeks after I finished reading it. I think that fans of Jamie McGuire’s ‘Beautiful Disaster’ will adore this story, as Brax is well up there with Travis Maddox.

Olivia’s story is one that I know will be emotional and possibly hit-home to many of its readers, but the way that Cindy Miles has depicted Olivia’s trauma was done to absolute perfection and had me rooting for Olivia even more and more aware of the real-life similarities that Olivia’s trauma has in victim psychology. Through Brax, Miles gave a beautiful message in the way that he loved and reassured Olivia, making it clear to her that what happened to her was never her fault, and that there is no question that she was taken advantage of, no matter the circumstances.

There are so many elements that Cindy Miles included in this novel that just makes it so unique and memorable in the new-adult genre, and I can’t even express how wonderfully she created this story. The writing style was incredible, with gorgeous prose, humour, heart-break and hope all mixed together brilliantly shadowing Liv’s confused thoughts, and her uncertainty about her future. The pacing of the story was also done to perfection, and there wasn’t ever a moment where I felt the story was moving too fast. In this genre, I always feel that the romance can move a bit fast, with the characters falling in love in a day, but Cindy Miles timed Liv and Brax’s relationship development perfectly.

This was a stunning and mesmerising story which beautifully interweaves the stars, romance and healing into one incredible story that will stay with me for a long time.

5 Stars!

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Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles
(Stupid in Love #2)

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From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbuster Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY.

Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston College—but the so-called “virginity dare,” orchestrated by Brax’s old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it’s sure to set the campus ablaze with crazy new rumors and chaos. 

Winston’s “It Girl” Harper Bell isn’t just president of Alpha Delta Phi—she’s also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas’ dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious bad boy, train him to be the perfect boyfriend, seduce him almost to the point of no return, and promptly—and publicly—break his heart. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax’s wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy. 

But, Harper discovers there’s much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper’s world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who’s always walked a straight and narrow path can’t think of anything else except losing control.

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Cindy Miles

National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her upcoming New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college.

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Review Tour ~ ‘Again’ by Lisa Burstein.

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Again by Lisa Burstein
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 22nd September 2014.

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How far would you go for a second chance?

Eleven years after flunking out of college, Kate has finally hit rock-bottom. Losing her job and boyfriend in one drunken night, she’s determined to fix her life by going back to the moment when she let partying and sex take over and do things right. At twenty-nine, she heads back to freshman year of college, with a catch.

Pretending she’s nineteen with a new roommate and full class schedule is easy. When she meets her shy, sexy and seven-years-younger RA Carter, following her self-imposed sobriety and celibacy rules is proving to be anything but.

A senior enduring years of regret, Carter is more than ready to graduate. He’s anxious to move on from the party his freshman year where he witnessed his frat brothers about to commit a sexual assault. Instead of doing the right thing and stepping in, he looked the other way and left. His guilt has made for a lonely four years.

When he meets the new freshman on his floor, spunky and confident Kate, he wonders if his time as an outcast has finally come to an end.

Kate and Carter’s growing friendship and undeniable attraction make it harder to hide the demons from their respective pasts. But when their secrets are finally revealed, will their chance at starting over together still be there?

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Book Review ~ ‘Again’ by Lisa Burstein ~ 4 Stars!

‘Again’ is a wonderfully original story within the contemporary romance genre, which I know will resonate with a lot of people. Lisa Burstein beautifully addresses that burning question that many adults feel, ‘what if I had the chance to go back?’

From the get go, I sympathised with Kate and really admired her resolve to go back to University and make a change for herself, even if revenge isn’t the best motive to drive you. To see how desperate some people are for a second chance really resonates with me, and most especially highlighted the message that it is never too late to change your life path.

I love stories that have such strong messages running through them and in ‘Again’ Lisa Burstein did this perfectly.

Carter was an amazing character who was searching and atoning for his own second chance, and my heart broke for the pain he was going through and the guilt he carried for something that wasn’t primarily his guilt to bare. He was the perfect hero for this story, as we see him help and guide Kate in finding her own path whilst she in turn encourages him to move on from his painful sat and build a life that he can be proud of. The give and take on their relationship was lovely to read.

The only thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars is probably something that will only be an issue for me coming from my time as a psychology graduate. I’d have liked to have seen some more psychological intervention or motive for Kate’s alcoholism, and a more emotional response from her in the shadow of having fallen off the wagon and breaking the promise she has made herself.

The scenes where she was drinking I felt could have been highlighted a little more and shown to have a bigger impact on her recovery than
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Nevertheless this was a superb, clever and funny book that I will know will be a hit amongst fans of the New Adult Contemporary genre.

4 stars.

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Lisa Burstein

Lisa Burstein is the author of the Young Adult Novels: Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie, and the New Adult Novels & Novellas: Sneaking Candy, The Next Forever & The Possibility of Us. She is also a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 Young Adult Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Again is her self-publishing debut.

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Tour Stop + Review ~ ‘Next to You’ by Claudia Y. Burgoa.

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Next To You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
(Life #2)
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

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Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
(Life #1)
Publication date: July 31st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

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Becca Trent lived her childhood next to a cruel woman—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple of years later, things ended up in tragedy.

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, but that only work during the days when the nightmares didn’t come back to haunt her. Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now, she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.

Note: This is the first part of a two book novel.

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Next To You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
(Life #2)
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

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…I need time. Time to heal those wings and learn to use them…

Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancée and best friend left when she ran away. The person he trusted the most for the past decade disappeared without giving him a second glance. She taught him how to love, believe in family and that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Now he’s struggling between wiping any traces of her from his life and drowning his sorrows away with the help of his new best friends—Don Julio and Jack Daniels.

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Rebecca’s past suffocated her to the point of not wanting to continue, her lifeline and the only reason to live began to withdraw from her. She wished it had been her imagination, but heard it loud and clear: “If not, there’s always a divorce, nothing is forever.” This time it became a leave or die situation. Something has got to change—she had to change. Packing light and leaving a letter behind, she takes a journey that can help her find herself through the shards of her painful childhood.

As letters, memories and stories are exchanged, two once inseparable people reconcile what’s left of their relationship. Beyond the confines of everything they built together, they’re left with two lonely people searching for what it means to be whole. Will they find meaning under their bruised psyches or will their pasts get the better of them?

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Book Review ~ ‘Next to You’ by Claudia Y. Burgoa ~ 5 Stars!

This was a stunning conclusion to Daniel and Rebecca’s heartbreaking yet beautiful story. I was dying to get my hands on this book ever since I finished the first one, and knowing that it would be from Daniel’s point of view, only made me want it even more. I loved seeing the first book from Rebecca’s narrative, so was intrigued to see the difference in how Daniel and Rebecca had viewed their relationship.

‘Next to You’ really packed the emotional punch, and there were many times when I just had to put my kindle down and remind myself that it was only fiction as I could feel my heart break for the pain the characters went through. Yet, I was determined to persevere, as I became so entwined with the characters and just had to finish their journey with them.

I grew to adore Daniel even more in this book as we start to see the perfect facade he presented to the world in ‘Where Life Takes You’ couldn’t be further from the truth. Inside he is broken, desperate and intensely traumatised from his own past, something that was all brought to the surface again when Rebecca left him at the end of the first book. I really rooted for him throughout this story, as I began to see the cracks that he’d tried to hide splinter now that he’d lost the only thing in the world that had kept him fighting.

Seeing Rebecca’s development in this story, made all the pain and heartbreak worth it. I did worry that Rebecca was broken beyond repair at the end of the first book, even as I held out hope that she would return to Daniel and the love they shared, but this book really showed the inner strength she had, and I really admired her for finally putting herself first and starting her journey of self discovery where she began to accept her past, and look forward to a brighter future. To see the toll that her absence from Daniel’s life had on not only him, but also her was just heartbreaking, and I wept throughout the scenes where we began to see the two of them doubt a future between them was every possible.

Even though Daniel was still Rebecca’s rescuer in this novel, in many different ways, it was wonderful to see Rebecca become her own saviour, and to in turn become the stronger and healthier one of the two, something so different to the way they were in the first book.

Hearing of some of the things that Rebecca went through in ‘Where Life Takes You’ unknown to the reader just broke my heart, and it really made it clear to me why she felt she had to leave Daniel, giving me the closure I needed after heart-wrenching ending to Book One.

In addition, I felt that the authors writing style was a lot more fluid than in the previous book, and details of the story flowed better, as I remember commenting in my review of ‘Where Life Takes You’ on how certain aspects of the first book seemed contradictory to what had been mentioned in previous chapters, which is why I rated it 4 over 5 stars. In ‘Next to You’, the whole novel flowed beautifully, and I never once felt that the plot or pasts of the characters were jumping in different directions.

This was an absolutely stunning, heartbreaking and beautiful conclusion to the ‘Life’ series, and this is one that will definitely stay with me for many years.

5 Stars!

*See my review for ‘Where Life Takes You’, the first book in the Life series here*

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Jane Lark Extravaganza Tour Stop ~ ‘The Scandalous Love of a Duke’ by Jane Lark

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The Scandalous Love of a Duke by Jane Lark
Marlow Intrigues #3
Genres: Adult, Romance, Historical.

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The Scandalous Love of a Duke

Welcome to the Jane Lark Summer Extravaganza Tour! Today’s stop is dedicated to the latest of Jane’s historical ‘Marlow Intrigues’ Series ‘The Scandalous Love of a Duke’. Be prepared for some steamy Duke’s and some fiesty heroines. This is a book not to be missed!

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‘Isolated by life and choice, John Harding, the Duke of Pembroke, sees an angel in a pale mauve dress across a room and is drawn closer as lust grips firm and hard in his stomach.

The wheat-blonde hair escaping her dull dove-grey bonnet and caressing her neck lures his eyes to a spot he’d like to kiss.

She speaks with animation her hands moving. Then as if she senses his gaze the stranger turns and looks at him.

A rush of pain and longing spilled from Katherine’s heart into her limbs. It was so long since she’d seen John but her reaction was the same as it had been more than half-a-dozen years before. She loved him, secretly, without hope, but a chasm of years and status stood between them.’

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Book Review ~ ‘The Scandalous Love of a Duke’ by Jane Lark ~ 5 Stars!

The chance to see the wonderful John Harding all grown up was something I was not going to miss. As we saw in ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ his childhood had been rooted in emotional and physical upheaval, with him being taken from his mother to grow up with his Grandfather, and when he is rescued, and given the chance of a new life with his mother and her new husband, he was uprooted again. I always thought there would be more to John’s state of mind than the shy, but polite young boy we saw in the first book in the ‘Marlow Intrigues’ series, and it just shows how well Jane Lark knows each of her characters that she was able to create John’s story where he is now a young man and to see the effect that his uprooted childhood had on him.

As with all of Jane Lark’s books, I felt so emotionally connected to the characters in this novel. John was a character that could quite easily have been very unlikable, but instead came across as a deep, yet emotionally scarred young man, who you couldn’t help but root for. The relationship he had with Katherine was one that really struck with me, because we got to see two very similar people in terms of their troubled childhoods, become two very different products. Where Katherine remained hopeful, and still loving, John had become closed off, which made the development of their relationship really exciting to read, especially when they begin to switch, and Katherine becomes doubtful of John when he finally begins to open up and express his true feelings. It really was a fantastic dynamic between the two that ranged from electric tension to sweetly romantic.

I loved the pace of this story, especially when circumstance forces them to go along with societies rules. John’s constant failure in his eyes was great as we were able to see him make a change in his personality due to his worry of losing those he loved. Where we often see this happen in a natural development, it was really refreshing to see John make a conscious decision regarding his actions, and to see him sometimes fail in his effort to become a better man.

There was something slightly darker about this book, which gave me shivers. I’m not sure quite what it was, only that John’s seduction of Katherine, seemed so deliciously forbidden that I was on tenterhooks throughout the scenes they had together. For some reason it seemed that there was so much more at risk than with the previous couples, should they have been caught, that I just couldn’t put my Kindle down until I knew how the story finished.

This was a stunning addition to the ‘Marlow Intrigues’ series. I laughed and cried along with the characters, and became so deeply connected to them, I could feel their pain as my own. The little snippets we see of Ellen and Edward in this novel was also a joy to read, as we see that time has not lessened the strength of their love and devotion to each other. Katherine and John became another favourite couple along with the other couples featured in this series.

As if this could be anything but 5 Stars!

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The Illicit Love of a Courtesan | The Passionate Love of a Rake | The Scandalous Love of a Duke |

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