Laura Taylor-Redemption of a Slave

Well, you know how a couple of weeks ago I said that most MM Omegaverse was on the lighter side and didn’t have the dub/noncon that you see in MF Omegaverse? Redemption of a Slave by Laura Taylor is one of the exceptions to that. I wish I could remember who recommended this to me and where, because I totally want to thank that person. This book really knocked me out. There are things about it that have been stuck in my head since I read it.

So, the world in this one was really interesting. This particular book takes place in 1800s France. The way that the world works is that people are born as male or female, but they exist in a kind of limbo until they start to differentiate as Alpha, Beta, or Omega. That usually happens around the age of 15 or so. I don’t know how they can tell when it comes to women, but we get a pretty good look at how they can tell when it comes to the guys. Basically, the guy walks in, drops trou, and has his cock measured weekly, for about 2 months. If his cocks grows significantly, then he’s an Alpha. If there is no kind of growth at all, then Omega, especially if there is some lubrication going on. In a lot of the MM books I’ve read, Omegas still have a good size cock. In this one, Dante’s cock is only about 3 inches, which they say is pretty good for an Omega.

Once you differentiate as an Omega, you are basically disherited and kicked out of the family. You get sent to special schools where you learn how to please the Alphas or Betas who are going to fuck you. Then you end up as a slave. You can end up in a household or a brothel. If you end up in a household, you are going to have domestic type chores, as well as being an available hole. There are different levels of service there. You can be a housemate, who is open to any Alpha or Beta in the household, as well as any guests. You could be a personal Omega, which means that an Alpha has bought you to be their own personal plaything. You could be a breeder, which is exactly what it sounds like, and you are only bred by the head of the household or the designated breeding Alpha. Or, and this is perishingly rare, you can end up as a bonded Omega.

So, here’s how our story works. Dante was a breeding Omega of a Spanish nobleman, and gave birth 3 times. On his last heat, he didn’t get pregnant and since his last two children were girls, his master decides to sell him on. Instead of doing it himself, he sends a lackey out to do it. On the trip to France, the lackey lets the sailors have at him.

Several months later, Dante has been sold a couple of times, and he gets treated worse every time. He has been brutalized, doesn’t get into the sex at all, and the beautiful, pampered breeding slave has now been beaten and scarred. Then comes Antoine.

Antoine has been adopted by the Calvet family, and is the heir to the estate. The whole inheritance rules and set up around Alphas is really odd, because of the way that the differentiation works. Anyway, his father has decided that he’s old enough to have his own personal Omega and takes him to the market. Antoine’s father tells him to check into the certified Omegas, but instead, he sees Dante, and there just something about him. Even brutalized and nearly feral as he is, there’s just something that draws him to Dante. Antoine thinks that he can work with Dante, if he’s treated with kindness and with common decency, then Dante will be… tamed, for lack of a better word.

There is a lot of learning that goes on on both sides here. One of the things that really got me and which has really stayed with me and think is where Antoine and Dante have a discussion about the fact that Antoine always made sure that the Omegas he was with got off. Dante tells Antoine that it’s a biological function. The knot presses on a bundle of nerves which causes a male Omega to come. So, maybe he came because he liked it or maybe he came because of biological function and he was just well-trained in making sure the Alpha is happy. There are a lot of other things like that in the book, and which still get me.

I think that this is a fantastic story. I’m going to definitely be buying more of Laura’s work and reading them, because the world she created was very detailed, and really felt authentic. I wonder how much research she did into France of that period to get the feel she did.

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I felt so sorry for Dante as particular things come out. It just broke my heart.

I also find the whole separation of Alpha/Omega in certain things to be important.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Golden Angel-Marriage Training

Golden has given us a delicious Regency era spanking romance with Marriage Training. And I’m pretty sure that my marriage may benefit a little bit from this story, because it was pretty damn hot.

Vivian is the daughter of a country baron. Her family is rather poor, which is worrying, since she’s going to be making her debut soon. And a debut at this time is fucking expensive. There’s balls, luncheons, teas, all of which require new dresses. I mean, it’s worth it if you manage to make a good marriage, but first you have to get out there and get out in front of everyone’s faces. And Vivian is a shy, retiring, modest miss, who doesn’t relish being the center of attention. However, being the eldest daughter, she knows her duty. At her distant cousin Mary’s wedding, she meets a beautiful man outside of the retiring room. They only talk for a moment, but when he finds out her age, he tells her that he will see her in the future.

Gabriel wants a beautiful submissive wife, who will have the same kind of love that his father and step-mother have. When he goes to his good friend George’s wedding to Mary, he sees a beautiful young woman. After meeting her, he asks George about the Mrs. Cunningham’s Finishing School, which is where his Mary went.

Finishing schools are there to give young ladies a final polish and to make sure that they can run a household and be a credit to their husband. Except, Mrs. Cunningham’s school goes one further step. She has a very private curriculum for select students. She has a marriage training course, for men who want some very particular traits in their brides. It’s that course that Vivian is enrolled in, sponsored by Gabriel, as well as the rest of the classes she takes at this school.

I loved how Gabriel and Vivian are together. He’s so sweet and tender toward her, even when he’s is being all dominating and such toward her. It’s obvious when they are together, how much he loves Vivian, how much he wants to protect and cherish her. Vivian is a very sweet young woman, and you can see how much she wants to please Gabriel and make him happy. Every interaction between the two of them is beautiful, in my opinion.

This is a sweet book, filled with spanking, and romance. It’s totally possible to do that, and that’s definitely what Golden Angel does here. I would like to see more in this world, specifically Emily and Astoria.

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I love how Vivian set down Astoria the second time. It was impressive, and done in a way that I wish I could emulate. I’m not that subtle.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Lee Savino-Tamed by the Berserkers

It’s been a while since we have had the pleasure of a new Berserker book from Lee, and Tamed by the Berserkers was totally worth the wait.

Of all the Berserker books, even my all time favorite, Kidnapped by the Berserkers, none of the books have wrung me out the way that Tamed did. Seriously, Tamed totally destroyed each and every single one of my emotions and left me completely empty. Lee just absolutely killed it when it came to this book.

Sorrel is one of the spaewives who was rescued from the Abbey. She was supposed to be mated to Thorsteinn and Vik and even wore their mating marks, but they dropped her off with the unmated spaewives and then went out on a long patrol. After spending a long while there, she was found off the mountain with an empty sling and another spaewife who was unconscious and had a bloody head. Now, she’s about to go on trial for what she’s done, and she has no mates there to protect her since hers abandoned her. But, just in the very nick of time, up come Thorsteinn and Vik ready to save the day and their mate. The guys come up with a plot and life happens.

Of all the heroes in all the Berserker books, I have never outright and flat out disliked one. At least, not until Tamed. I really didn’t like Vik and Thorsteinn in the beginning, and frankly, it took me a long while to warm up to them. It did eventually happen, but it took them a lot to make me forgive them for everything they did. I think Sorrel forgave them before I did.

I really identified with Sorrel for so many reasons. One is that she never really felt like she fit in with the rest of the spaewives at the Abbey. She’d rather be out in a pair of breeches with her bow, hiking through the woods and hunting. She really feels like no one understands her and like no one is there for her. The majority of the other spaewives make fun of her, especially since her mates abandoned her, and her very few friends are either mated or just can’t be there with her all the time. I can totally relate to feeling like you don’t feel like you connect with anyone and that you don’t belong anywhere. I can also relate to feeling abandoned by the people who are supposed to love you, protect you, and keep you safe for the rest of forever. I mean, can you imagine how hard it is for Sorrel to see all of the other orphans mated off happily to their mates while hers have abandoned her? I can’t imagine how heartbreaking and gutwrenching that is. See why I don’t particularly like them at first?

I can’t wait for the next books in this series. I think the next one is Sister Juliet’s story, and that’s going to be a really interesting one to read.

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When Thorsteinn and Vik told the Alphas that Sorrel wasn’t their mate? Yeah, that right there is what made me really not like them. I was only annoyed when it turned out that they left her in the unmated spaewives house, but that? That moved annoyed to dislike. The fact that they took her out and let her blow up things made me start to like them more. I saw that they actually saw her, and they were trying really hard to tame her but not break her.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check out all of the Berserker books. I love them so much. Happy reading!

Addison Cain-A Shot in the Dark

We are back in Addison Cain’s sweet world today with A Shot in the Dark. Don’t get used to it. I’m pretty sure that we have to wait for the next planetary alignment for anything as sweet and light as this duet was. And you know what? I’m perfectly at peace with that. I’ll just read Addison’s dark and twisted stories between now and then. And be tortured by the word Soooooon.

Since this is the second book of a duet, it picks up right where the first one left off. If you haven’t read that one, well, first why not? And second, go read it and then read this one. Be aware that there will probably be spoilers for the first book in here. It’s the nature of the beast and I will try to keep them as mild as possible. Also, if you’ve looked at the series name, A Trick of the Light, and think it looks familiar, well, you’re right. Addison took the book A Trick of the Light, and expanded and broke it down into two books. I like where Addison broke the book up because it always felt like a natural break to me. Every time I read the book, I thought that it really felt like a Book 2 kind of thing, so it really works, in my theoretically humble opinion.

So, Charlie has run away because Eli is an idiot. Personally, I think that she should’ve just busted him in the mouth. God knows Matthew wouldn’t’ve had a problem with it. He might’ve stood in line after her to do it. But, she ran away back to Chicago and off to the Drake Hotel and Radcliffe. But that’s not going to work for Matthew. Nope, he wants her home, because that’s where she belongs. So, off he goes to Chicago, dragging his little lambs behind him, to bring her home. When he does find her at the Drake, Tommy, one of Beau’s boys is there with her, and he punches Tommy smack in the mouth, and walks off with Charlie.

I really like Charlotte. I truly relate to her because I’ve felt like I didn’t fit in sometimes, I think we all have, and finding that one person who could accept us is just amazing. And that’s Matthew for her. Even though she’s found that place and that person, it doesn’t mean that it magically made Charlie fit in. There are a lot of people shoved into Charlotte, depending on where she is, what she’s doing, and who she’s with, and trying to figure out who the true Charlotte is and where she belongs isn’t an easy task, especially when she has people who love her pulling her in a lot of directions. It’s a good thing that Charlie is good and strong, isn’t it? Of course, that doesn’t always make it easier, but nothing has ever been easy for her. I think that’s why she’s so willing to fight when she has to. And she will fight hard for the people she loves, even if they don’t really want her to.

Matthew is a good man. He’s a silent man, he just doesn’t have a lot to say and he’s not going to run his mouth to run his mouth. If Matthew says something, you know it’s important. He is much more of an action kind of person. His love language is making sure that the people he loves are safe and taken care of. Like doing things like going out and buying tea for Charlie and making sure that her favorite tea is supplied to her, or teaching her how to cook, or any of those things. It can make it hard to read him, but I think, overall, it’s something that Charlie does really well. He’s also really, really solid. He’s a rock and he’s going to be there to support everyone he loves and to give them someplace to hang onto. I really like that about him. Everyone needs to have a rock to cling to when things are crazy.

Yes, this is a light and sweet Addison Cain, but that doesn’t mean that it’s lost any of the strong emotion that Addison writes. There is a lot of that, and it will reach out and grab you.

Addison always does really well with worldbuilding, but she’s not creating a world from scratch with this one, but she does really well at catching all the changes that were going on in the world during this time period. I love how she catches the perceived glamor of people like Al Capone while also getting the muck that was the reality.

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One of the most epic things I’ve read in a while is Charlie just walking through and killing people as needed, no matter what is going on to either side of her. Seriously, that as just BAMF AF.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go read this, especially if you love historical romance. Happy reading!

Addison Cain-A Taste of Shine

I have a secret to tell you. Do you want to hear my secret? Here it is. Addison Cain has a book that isn’t dark. I know, it’s shocking, especially if you have followed my blog and seen me review all her new books. But it’s really, really true. And more than that, she’s just renamed and re-released her book. It used to be called A Trick of Light, and now it’s been split up into the Trick of Light Duet, and the first book is called A Taste of Shine.

Addison pulled the story to do some polishing and added in some things here and there, but, as of yet, the story isn’t significantly changed. There are a few little details here and there, but nothing big, and there are places where the writing is tighter. And, of course, breaking it up into a duet. Having read the original book several times, I think that where Addison broke the story up is the perfect place for it. That point really does trigger a change in the story, so, like I said, perfect.

The story takes place in the hills and hollers of West Virginia toward the end of Prohibition. And like the name suggests, moonshine has a lot to do with this book. Moonshine has always been really important to the culture in that area, but it got even bigger during the Prohibition because everyone still wanted their booze. As a little bit of trivia, stock car racing and later NASCAR came out of the prohibition too, because the ‘shiners would want to get their booze to their customers as quick as possible and stay away from the cops and revenuers, so they would get their best drivers and tweak their cars as much as possible. Once Prohibition ended, those drivers had to do something, so stock car racing was born. Now you know a new thing.

So, we open to Charlie, a bounty hunter, pushing a dead car up and down the hills and hollers. Charlie can’t just abandon the car, because that would mean dumping the bounty in the trunk as well, and that just can’t be done, for so many reasons, including an intensely personal one. Luckily, some men drive by and one of them tells his cousin, Eli, to get out and help push the car, and they all end up at the Devil’s Hollow Roadhouse, owned by Matthew Emerson, local ‘shiner, and run with his brother Nathaniel and cousin Eli. Charlie offers to make a deal with Matthew, for use of a car and driver so that the bounty can be delivered, but no go. At least, no go until Charlie shot and killed men who were attacking the roadhouse and then fixed up Nathaniel’s arm when he had been shot. Matthew then offers Eli’s service to Charlie so that the bounty can be delivered to Sing Sing.

Fast forward a few months and it’s time for a barn dance, and of course, the Emersons are going to be there because it’s a great place to sell and Matthew has plans. While he’s standing in his shadowy corner, selling off his shine, he sees the golden girl walk in. She’s all bright and shiny and definitely doesn’t fit into their little hamlet. But, she’s all smiles and cheerfulness and joy as she gets all kinds of men lining up to ask her to dance, except for the town drunk who eventually shows up with a black eye. Matthew stares and glares at her the entire time.

The next day, the golden girl shows up at the roadhouse and tells Matthew that she would like his permission to stay. Of course, he has no clue on god’s green earth as to who she is. Nathaniel knows who she is, he caught on to her secret way back when she helped him dig a bullet out of his shoulder. Matthew seems shocked when he finds out that golden girl Charlotte Elliot is the same person as Charlie the bounty hunter.

And thus, all kinds of actions are put into motion.

I love this story for so many reasons, but you get to see Addison’s skill in building characters really well. I mean, her secondary characters are as distinct as her main characters. Sure, you don’t get as much backstory, but you know what Eli and Nathaniel are like, and you get their voices very strongly. The story is also set in a very real era and place, and you get the strong flavor of 1920s rural West Virginia. I know I’ve talked about Addison’s world building before, and this is all just part of it.

Talking about the characters, I have to tell you how much I love Nathaniel. Yeah, he’s a perpetual drunk, and is rude, crude, and socially unacceptable, but he accepted Charlie from the very first. Mostly, he doesn’t do things that embarrass her, and he tries to make her feel comfortable. Nathaniel smacks Matthew and Eli around a couple of times, to get their heads out of their asses. He’s also very loyal and can keep a secret like no one’s business. He’s great comic relief and just fun. Eli, he’s like an adolescent puppy, not quite full grown, but not a baby anymore, just all elbows and knees and eagerness. Because he’s an idiot sometimes, he makes some stupid mistakes, and he does hurt people, because he’s an idiot.

Matthew. I love Matthew, but he’s really hard to get a read on. He’s very taciturn and doesn’t talk about emotions, let alone actually talk a lot. His love language is definitely action. You can see how feels about Charlotte by what he does for her, you know, other than kissing her a whole lot. He is very solid and sturdy. He’s a rock and a shelter. That’s just who he is. He’s also a planner. He has big plans for what comes after Prohibition ends.

Charlie/Charlotte is fascinating. She’s tough and fragile, crude and innocent, and pretty much a BAMF. She’s a sharpshooter, and goes out hunting on her own. She can tell the crudest, rudest, dirtiest jokes, but can actually be very polite in the right company. Her history really sets her up to be a very unique person. I would love to think that Charlie and I would totally have been friends.

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I love the scene where some guys walk into the roadhouse wanting to start trouble and Charlie just casually knocks a couple of the guys on the head and then goes back to sitting in her rocking chair and lets the Emerson boys get back to their fight.

I love her relationship with Ruth, and how they are good for each other and help each other learn things they always wanted. And good for Ruth smacking Eli around as needed.

I can’t wait for the next part of this book. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Golden Angel-Arabella’s Taming

For some odd reason, every time I thought about this book, I wanted to called it Taming Arabella, which means that I had to check to make sure that I had it right about 14 times. I wouldn’t want to send out the wrong title. So, as of right now, it’s all present and correct. LOL.

Anyway, back to Arabella’s Taming. Golden Angel writes all kinds of stuff from dark, under her other pen name, Dark Angel, to funny and sexy, like her Big Bad Bunnies series. OMG, if you haven’t read that, then you really need to go read those books, because they are really so funny and hot. She’s also written a series of historical domestic disciplines called the Bridal Discipline books. The books are all interconnected and feature a group of friends and relatives who all end up married to each other, in some way or other. They include 2 sets of brothers, close female friends, a step-mother and her step-daughter. It all works out. Arabella is the last one of the group to get married, and the last book in the series.

Arabella has fallen in love with Thomas, whose brother is married to her good friend Gabrielle and who is good friends with her brothers Benedict and Issac. Issac has been trying to get Thomas, who is looking for a bride by the end of the London Season, to marry Arabella, but Thomas has a list of traits that he wants his bride to meet, and high-spirited, outspoken, bold, brash, and occasionally impetuous Arabella does not meet with his criteria. While yes, she’s attractive, intelligent, and able to manage his household and hostess duties, he sees all her faults and they overwhelm everything. He doesn’t want a wife he has to tame, he wants a sweet, biddable, already tamed woman as a wife. Thomas wants to come home to a nice roaring fire in the fireplace, not a bonfire outside.

Arabella has a habit of listening at keyholes because she would never know anything in any other way. Sadly, this was one of the times she decided to listen to the keyhole and she got to listen to the man she loves run her down and tell her brothers how unsuitable she is. Even worse, this Season she’s tried so very hard to be good, just so that Thomas could see how well she would suit as his bride. What she heard destroyed her and broke her heart, and made her decide that she would just be who she was and hang what Thomas thought. He didn’t want her? Fine, she didn’t want him either.

This leads to one of the biggest rakes of London, the Marquess of Hartford, to come ask her brother Issac if he could court Arabella and her agreeing to it. Arabella has decided that she no longer wants a love marriage, and marrying Hartford would be a lot of fun at least. But… is that what she really wants?

OK, I pretty much loved Arabella. She lives out loud. She enjoys herself when she can, supports and protects her friends, and is fierce and loving. She’s also a weeeeee bit impetuous and doesn’t always think ahead. As the sister of a Duke, she’s been somewhat protected by her behaviors, since no one is going to really censure her. She has also learned how to be a little manipulative and since she’s the baby of the family, she’s been relatively spoiled and no one has really reined her in. All in all, she’s an amazing character and one that I greatly liked and enjoyed reading about. Thomas is a good man, and for part of the book, I was pretty sure that was all I would be able to say about him. But, I knew that there had to be more to him than that because Golden wouldn’t do that. And he is a good man, but he has hidden depths that turned him into a truly delightful character.

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Alright, overall, Thomas was delightful, but he really had a learning curve to deal with. It seemed to me like he wasn’t always as realistic about Arabella as he should’ve been. After their wedding, I’m not sure why he wouldn’t think that she wouldn’t want to continue to go out galloping in the morning, since it was something that she’s done the whole time she was in London, excepting for when she was planning a huge Society wedding in a week. I totally supported Arabella in this one, because he was way in the wrong. However, I also agree with part of what Thomas said.

I do like that Thomas has his own lessons to learn, like when they are leaving London and he keeps arguing with Arabella about riding the day after she’s been punished. His dad had to school him there, and then Arabella did too, when they got to where they were going.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out all of Golden Angel’s Bridal Discipline books if you like historical romance. Happy reading!

Anthology-Six of the Best

We have a fun little anthology today. Six British authors got together to bring us some short stories out of British history. We have stories from the Restoration to the late Victorian period. While they may all take place in different points in time, they all include an Alpha male spanking his wife. I wouldn’t strictly call them Doms and subs, but closer to domestic discipline, I think. Well, until you get to Katie Douglas’s story, but that’s a whole other tale. LOL.

So, without further ado, let’s look at the 6 stories that go into making up Six of the Best.

Ashe Barker starts us off with her story, A Scandalous Career.

Cecily is the only sensible member of her family. Her mother and her sister are both feather-headed, and her brother is too young to take care of the family. After her sister got married, Cecily is trying to handle all the debts that the lavish affair accrued plus trying to keep her mother’s lavish spending under control. The problem is that there just is no money coming in, which means that King Charles can’t come stay with them. Cecily goes to a neighbor’s house and tells the neighbor that they are passing over hosting duties to them. Benedict Avery is the neighbor’s prodigal brother. On his long-delayed trip home, he’s robbed by a highwayman.

This is a fun little story, and I have to admit that I really like Cecily. She’s stubborn, resourceful, and sometimes a little too smart for her own good, but she’s also loyal and loves her family.

Felicity Brandon’s The King’s Vice brings us up close and personal with King Charles II.

Lady Jane Pembroke has been told by her mother and uncle that she needs to go to court, snag a rich husband, and keep them in the manner to which they would like to be accustomed. She’s accepted to work as a lady-in-waiting. And she’s brought to the attention of the King. Now, King Charles II had a reputation in real life. He had a number of mistresses and illegitimate children. He was a party boy and wanted to eat, sleep, and fuck. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, not at all. King Charles is enamored with Lady Jane and takes her down to his little sex rooms, where he introduces her to the pleasures of the flesh, including being spanked.

Even though I’m not British, I tend to have my favorite English royals. I’m a real fan of the Tudors. Charles has never really done anything for me, but that’s OK, Felicity’s version of Charles is better than the one I ever imagined. She does take some liberties with history, but that’s all good. Altogether, a pleasing story, and one I’ll read again.

Gracie Malling’s His Impertinent Wife brings us up to the Regency.

The Regency is the time period of Jane Austin and the Scarlet Pimpernel. Good manners and high fashion were all the rage. So, what happens when those manners start to run against two deeply unpleasant people? Well, if you’re Lettie Hunter, your arse gets paddled.

Lettie has recently married Andrew. They have a fine house and live near his half-brother who is married to her sister. Lettie is impetuous and has a temper. However, she’s generally very polite. But, when new people move into the neighborhood and they are rude to her, her husband, her sister, and her brother-in-law, Lettie’s mouth runs away from her and writes checks her bottom has to pay. The Nicholsons do deserve every word that Lettie said to them. I’m not kidding, they are really fucking rude by today’s standards, which is even worse back in the day. Jane Austin would’ve eviscerated them. I think, of all the heroines, Lettie is the one I identify with the most, mostly because I have problems with my temper, I’m deeply sarcastic, and I do not suffer fools gladly. I do love this story a lot, and was really pleased with how it came out.

Vanessa Brooks takes us back a step from Regency England to Georgian England with Petticoat Tyrant.

Owen Rackham has just found out that he is the new Lord Rackham. And not just that, but he has also just inherited an almost 18 year old ward named Cassandra. The majority of her family died in a fire, and her grandmother arranged with the previous Lord Rackham to be her guardian in case something happened to her. Well, dear Grandmama shuffled off the mortal coil much sooner than anyone expected, leaving Cassandra with a stranger, living in the country in isolation. She’s got issues, and she tries really hard to take control as she can and to make everyone feel as miserable as she does. When Owen decides that he’s going to marry her off as soon as possible, Cassandra does everything she can to drive asĀ  many of the men away as possible.

Jaye Peaches brings us back up into the Victorian era with The Accused Wife.

Caroline Dewhurst is a beauty but doesn’t have a large dowry. She needs to find a rich husband so that her family can continue to keep her mother in the hospital. Maximillian Hampton sees her and tells Alexander he’s going to marry her. Alexander doesn’t think much of it, since he’s getting ready to go to Greece. However, when he comes back, he finds out that she’s in jail for murder. She stands accused of murdering her husband, Maximillian. Alexander knows she didn’t do it and is determined to make her his bride.

Poor Caroline, she has such bad luck. But, Alexander does what he can to help her with it and to help her feel better about everything that’s happened. I feel sorry for Caroline. She really was in between a rock and a hard place, and they kept moving towards each other. She just ended up squished in the middle, no matter what. Alexander, though, was a blast of dynamite that let her free. Very awesome story.

Katie Douglas rounds out our 6, and she gives us His Reluctant Bride, set in Scotland in the late Victorian period.

Laura and Andrew have just been married for 3 weeks. You would think that everything would be great, right? Well, not so much. They still haven’t consummated the marriage. Laura has come up with an excuse every night. She has a book that is all about married women keep their modesty, in other words, their maidenhead. Laura’s heard horrible things about sex and how men are ravening beasts and no woman ever likes it. Andrew’s not willing to not have sex with the woman he loves and is attracted to. With the help of a friend, he’s bound and determined to show his wife that sex isn’t a bad thing. I think that this was my favorite story of all. Mostly because of the sex scenes, which are very, very hot.

So, that’s all of our stories. It’s hard to talk about short stories because I don’t want to spoil anything, so if it seems like I’m not telling you much about the story, well, I’m not. You need to go read the book and find them for yourself. They are a great bunch of stories, and you are going to read sweet, hot, sexy, and romantic stories.

No spoilers, today, but an appropriately themed picture.

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