The Dark King and the Eternal Dance

About the Book:

The Dark King and the Eternal Dance (A Villain's Ever After) by [Alesha Adamson]

Title: The Dark King and the Eternal Dance
Series:
A Villain’s Ever After
Author: 
Alesha Adamson
Release Date: 
September 24 2021
Genre:
Fairytale Retelling

An intertwined retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses and of Hades and Persephone.

An unwanted proposal. An unexpected curse. Will Rayna, and her eleven sisters ever be free of the Dark King and this eternal dance?

Rayna is not usually the boldest of her sisters. However, when her eldest sister, Faelynn, seems ready to abandon her own happily ever after and accept the Dark King’s proposal, Rayna knows she must act and take drastic measures before someone gets hurt. Measures that just might cost her her heart.

Drake’s reputation as the Dark King precedes him—a reputation he doesn’t quite deserve. When the opportunity arises, Drake seizes the chance to barter for Princess Faelynn’s hand. Weaving his magic, he establishes a weekly ball to court his intended. After six months of rejection, something must change. He never anticipated finding Princess Rayna in his castle disrupting his quiet life.

Will he change directions and acknowledge his heart before it is too late? Or will he live up to his reputation as the Dark King, shattering more than one happily ever after?

Book Review:

Another amazing book in the Villain’s Ever After series, The Dark King and the Eternal Dance is a retelling of 12 Dancing Princesses and Hades and Persephone. First of all, I must say that I am so glad that this series is as good as I hoped! All the books that I have read have been so fun! This one was especially intriguing to me because of the mythological inspiration. I love mythology and think it is so cool to see how they can be reimagined in different stories. This one was no different! I thought it was such an interesting twist on the story and it was such a sweet romance too.

Rayna is not the boldest of her sisters, but when her eldest sister Faelynn seems ready to give up her own happily ever after to accept the Dark King’s proposal, she is determined to act. But will the measures cost her heart? Drake’s reputation as the Dark King precedes him, even if he doesn’t deserve it. When the opportunity comes, he seizes the chance to barter for Princess Faelynn’s hand. With his magic he creates a weekly ball to court his intended, but after six months of no progress he knows that something must change. Finding Princess Rayna in his castle disrupts his quiet life, will he be able to make his own happily ever after?

This was super cute! I was excited to read this book after reading the description. Rayna was a really cool main character. She wasn’t very bold or loud, but she was thoughtful and had courage. Once she realized that she needed to act for her sister, she went for it. I loved the sister relationship between the girls, they were all different, but they were there for each other. I liked the way that Rayna found her place throughout the story. She was one of twelve, but was able to discover how she flourished. She and Drake were really cute too! He needed to step back and see what had happened to his kingdom and himself. He was a bit stuck and Rayna shook up his quiet life. He was actually such a sweetheart, underneath his gruffness and reputation. They complimented each other and helped each other flourish. 

This was such a cute book and I thought it was especially great considering it is the first book by Ms. Adamson! I am so excited for her future books, especially as they are going to be connected to this one! I can’t wait for the continuation of the series. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fairytales, romance, and mythology! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

My Own Best Enemy

About the Book:

My Own Best Enemy : A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Apple Valley Love Stories Book 2) by [Julie  Christianson]

Title: My Own Best Enemy
Series:
Apple Valley Love Stories
Author: 
Julie Christianson
Publisher:
Northern Lights Press
Release Date: 
September 23, 2021
Genre:
Sweet Romantic Comedy

This isn’t a wedding. This is war …

I get it. We were in elementary school. Just a couple of kids on the playground. But after Nash Hendrix called me Enemy instead of Emily, his stupid nickname ruined my life.

Now our best friends are getting married, and they expect me to stand across the aisle from Nash the Ruiner without killing him?

Whatever. I can survive being maid of honor. It’s only for one weekend.

Until it’s not.

When I get roped into wedding planning at the same places Nash is fundraising, I’m ready to blow up our temporary truce.

All I wanted was to start over. New job. New permanently-single status.

But the more time we spend together, the more I feel like … not murdering him.

Is it possible Nash and I don’t hate each other?

No way. He’s still my enemy.

My big, dumb enemy.

My big, dumb, gorgeous, sweet-talking, dog-loving —

Emi, you’re doomed.

Book Review:

The second book in the Apple Valley Romance series, My Own Best Enemy is a sweet enemies-to-lovers rom-com.  I was very excited for this book, after reading the first book. Emi’s life was ruined when Nash Hendrix called her Enemy instead of Emily in elementary school. But with their best friends getting married, she needs to get through the wedding, just through the weekend. Until she is pushed into wedding planning…at all the same places Nash is fundraising. All Emi wanted was to start over, but the more time that she spends with Nash, the more confused she becomes. Are they still enemies?

I thought that this was a cute book! Emi was very relatable and after a few pages I felt like I was able to understand her. It was great to see things from her perspective after reading about her in The Mostly Real McCoy. She seemed very real. Even when I was frustrated with her, and there were a few times where I was, I empathized with her. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and become more self-aware, especially as she planned Brooke’s wedding. It was also super cute to see her with Nash.

Nash was super sweet! I loved how he was basically part of the McCoy family. He was very guarded and had a lot of bad experiences around relationships. However, he couldn’t seem to get away from Emi. He was falling for Emi so fast and I loved hearing his thoughts. I also really enjoyed the addition of pets, the gecko was hilarious! You will understand when you read the book 🙂 I also enjoyed seeing the further development of characters throughout the Apple Valley world. Crossing my fingers for a book for Tess! 

I thought that this was a great addition to the series! It was sweet and funny.  I don’t think that I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one, but it was definitely a fun book. I would recommend it to those who enjoy rom-coms, especially those who enjoy the enemies-to-lovers trope. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required. 

The Prince’s Bargain

About the Book:

The Prince's Bargain (The Elves of Lessa Book 3) by [K.M. Shea]

Title: The Prince’s Bargain
Series:
The Elves of Lessa, Book 3
Author: 
K M Shea
Release Date: 
July 20, 2020
Genre: 
Fantasy

When Prince Arvel was declared the heir to the throne, he was ignorant of all the forthcoming unpleasantness the title would bring him. Nobles who used to ignore him now seek to manipulate and control him. Even worse, his attendance is mandatory at every social function and party.

Every. Party.

So when the time comes for an elf translator to be assigned to him, Arvel jumps at the chance to get closer to the beautiful female translator he has seen studying in the library at all hours of the day.

Myth, a mere translator with a knack for languages, never expected to be yanked into the secret power struggle between the human nobles. But once she is given the assignment of Translator to Prince Arvel, she discovers danger can lurk in dazzling ballrooms and inane social exchanges.

As an elf ignorant to human customs, Myth feels woefully unprepared for her new role. No matter how much she studies, books can’t tell her how to survive a prince who is too charming and warm, or the traitorous nobles who seek to harm him.

When Myth is attacked, Arvel realizes there’s nothing he won’t do to see that she is made safe again. But to outwit his enemies, he’ll need Myth’s help and language skills.

They have gone through their lives being competent and self-reliant. But if they can work together, they and their people will never be the same.

Book Review:

I loved this book so much because it was just so amazing. I completely agree! It was a wonderful addition to the series. I  know! We all loved it, and usually if one person really likes it, the others are more eh.You know I love books that are funny, but this one balances the humor with heart and adventure. And I enjoyed the characters so much because you have all of the characters from the old book plus one new one. Myth! Totally! Characters are always my favorite part. Though I have to remind you of another new character, Blaise! She is so fun and interesting, I hope to see more of her soon! Oh my gosh, I loved the new characters! It was so cool to read about Arvel. You’re so right. I can’t wait for the next book about her.

Myth was so great especially because she was such a different character from Tari and Fyn. Myth is more of an intellectual. She fights with her words instead of her fists, and I loved that about her. It’s so refreshing to have a character that is not physically strong because not a lot of people can run marathons and fight with swords. She is much more like me and you than the others. She loves books and realizes that she is not really a warrior. Though she would love to help in battle, she realizes that she is better suited elsewhere. I don’t usually like characters like Myth because she isn’t a lot like me. But I adored her. And Arvel was so sweet. Ms. Shea did such a great job of fleshing out his character more. Yeah, I really enjoyed reading about him. He was so funny, especially how he tried so hard to run away from social events! Yes, Arvel was a great character, I loved everything that made him different from the other heroes. He was more thoughtful instead of just rushing into battle and I loved how he loved to read. But his interactions with Ben were still hilarious! I feel like they really were like brothers! So different and yet so connected! They reminded us of how we interact with each other. 🙂

Okay, and the love story between Myth and Arvel was so cute! Oh they were so adorable. I think that something that was really sweet was how he noticed her. Any bookworm can say that noticing someone because they are in the library is the cutest thing ever. I loved how Arvel decided that Myth had to be a nice person because she spent so much time in the library. That was so cute! And very complimentary to bookworms like us! We want to meet someone like Arvel, who will fall in love with us because of books and loves books just as much as we do.  I am always willing to read a book about a fellow bookworm, especially about two bookworms who fall in love. I love how they help each other and support each other. They could stand by each other. They also were interested in the same things and I have no doubt that trade will flourish with them! I love how the plot was moving through this book! They really complemented each other and I loved how they helped each other out.  Oh, and this is so unrelated to the whole plot, but I was overjoyed that Queen Fiera showed her ferocity when she stood up to Queen Lucia. I was excited to see Queen Fiera, she really wasn’t in the other books. Maybe in the next couple books, we will be more in the elf world. But Queen Lucia definitely showed her true colors in this book. She was so mean to Arvel and Ben, her kids! She just seemed really cold. I am so glad that Queen Lucia finally got what she deserved. Eh, I felt more sorry for her. She was cold to everyone and never seemed happy. She was just making it hard for everyone else, because of her problems. I really wanted to know more of what made Queen Lucia tick, but it was really interesting to learn a little more about her. The only thing that I was sad about was that there was not enough of King Petryll. Who is hilarious! And a secret mastermind, which I vaguely suspected. I know King Petryll made this book so funny! I loved his interactions with King Celrin. But other than that this was another amazing K.M. Shea book, and I can’t wait for the next book! Seriously, I am not sure I can wait.

Love on the Range

About the Book:

Love on the Range (Brothers in Arms Book #3) by [Mary Connealy]

Title: Love on the Range
Series:
Brothers in Arms
Author: 
Mary Connealy
Publisher:
Bethany House Publisher
Release Date: 
October 5, 2021
Genre: 
Historical Christian Fiction

Falling for someone who doesn’t want to get married is soon be the least of his concerns.

While his brothers and their new wives search for who shot him, Wyatt Hunt is temporarily bedridden and completely miserable. Somehow Molly Garner’s limited skills have made her the most qualified in their circle to care for Wyatt. But by the time he’s healed, she’s fed up with him and the whole ungrateful family. For even worse than his grumpiness were the few unguarded moments when he pulled at her heartstrings, and she has been long determined to never repeat her mother’s mistakes.

When alternate plans of finding her own independent life fall through, Molly volunteers to work for the Pinkertons and help investigate nearby ranch owner Oliver Hawkins. She signs on to be his housekeeper, hoping to find clues to prove his nefarious, and possibly murderous, past. Wyatt refuses to let her risk it alone and offers to act as Hawkins’s new foreman.

But when another Pinkerton agent gets shot, they realize Hawkins isn’t the only danger. The Hunt brothers will have to band together to face all the troubles of life and love that suddenly surround them.

Book Review:

The final book in the Brothers in Arms series by Mary Connealy, Love on the Range concludes the overarching story as well as telling Molly and Wyatt’s story. I love how Ms. Connealy’s series have larger stories across them, but still have individual stories within each book. The last book has usually been my favorite in her series, because of the characterization that has been done throughout and being able to see all the characters that you loved from the previous books. This series follows the Hunt brothers as they discover secrets about their father and establish a life for themselves in Montana. Wyatt was born and raised in Montana, but the revelation of two brothers who his father left shakes his world. Though he has mostly adjusted to the new arrivals and the revealed secrets about his father, some mysteries are still unsolved. After being shot and subsequently bedridden, Wyatt is left being cared for by Molly Garner whose limited skills make her the most qualified. Though by the end she is fed up with him, there are moments of gentleness that laeve her scrambling to guard her heart. For Molly has promised herself never to make the mistakes of her mother, she will not get married. Molly is looking for her independence, but when her original plans fall through, she volunteers for the Pinkertons. She is working as a housekeeper to investigate Oliver Hawkins on his possibly murderous past.  Following her, Wyatt becomes Hawkins’s foreman. But as danger approaches, it is more at stake than they know and the family must band together. 

I was so excited for this book! I had the opportunity to read the first two books and was waiting for Wyatt and Molly’s book! Molly had so much to her that we did not know about yet. She seemed really nice and had a lot of secrets. It is nice to finally hear her story and learn about her. She and Wyatt were really cute to read about. They were able to support one another, especially with the dangerous situation they found themselves in. It was cool how different each of the ladies in this series were, yet they all respected each other. Molly had a lot of domestic skills that allowed her to take the job to investigate. Wyatt was also very sweet. He was trying so hard to take care of everything that was happening and to protect Molly. The ranch was his home and where he wanted to be.

This story was very exciting! There were so many things that were finally revealed and it was cool to see some cameos from other series that I will not spoil. I liked the ending too, it felt like things were cleared up and tied up. There is some action, some light violence and reference to murder. Overall, I would recommend this to older teens and up. It is a clean historical fiction Christian book and the conclusion to a series. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

Copper for the Countess

About the Book:

Copper for the Countess: An American Victorian Romance (Hearts of Arizona Book 2) by [Sally Britton]

Title: Cooper for the Countess
Series:
Heart of Arizona
Author: 
Sally Britton
Release Date: 
October 6, 2021
Genre: 
Clean Western

A Victorian countess doesn’t belong on a ranch, and a frosty cowboy knows nothing about raising a family. When the two have no choice but to rely on each other, is there any hope for happiness, let alone true love?

Lady Evelyn Lyon lost her husband and her fortune on the same day. Daughter in hand, she makes her way to the copper mines of Arizona, hoping her husband’s stock in the Bisbee Copper Queen mine will make it possible for her to raise her little girl. Every man she’s known has failed her, and she would far rather be alone than dependent on one. When the stock certificates in her possession prove fraudulent, Evelyn and her little girl are more alone than ever. 

Chris Morgan, known as “Frosty” by cowhands and neighbors alike, never expected to have a family. When his cousin back east dies and leaves Chris with two children to raise, Chris has no choice but to change his plans. But raising children and running a ranch at the same time is a tall order. He’s at his wit’s end when he comes across a British noblewoman who has no business wandering around the desert without protection. When he learns her story, Chris knows they might be the solutions to each other’s problems.

A hasty wedding and dusty ride to Chris’s ranch starts their marriage of convenience off on a bumpy road. With children to raise and cattle to herd, Evelyn and Chris have no choice but to trust each other. But in the west, trust is hard won, and it’s hard to grow anything…especially love.

Copper for the Countess is Book 2 in the Hearts of Arizona Series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone romance.

Book Review:

I was so excited for this book! Honestly, Sally is one of my favorite authors! I have so enjoyed all the books I have read of hers. After reading Silver Dollar Duke, the first in the Hearts of Arizona series, I was excited for this next one. I always enjoy series where the story continues with the same characters. Lady Evelyn Lyon has lost her husband, fortune and place in England. She hopes that in Arizona, her husband’s stock in Bisbee Copper Queen mine will make a way for her and her daughter to survive. After being failed by every man she has known, she would rather be alone than dependent. However, the fraudulent stock certificates leaves her more alone than ever. Christ Morgan, or Frosty as he is known by all, never expected a family. But when his cousin dies, leaving two children for him to raise, his plans change. When he comes upon an English woman alone, he is determined to help. Can their problems be solved together? Through a marriage of convenience, they may find their solution and possibly love…

This was super cute! First of all, I love stories with kids. I think that they give romances a new depth, with other relationships to build and connections to be had. The kids in this story make it so much sweeter, they are a key part of what brings Frosty and Evelyn together and I think it is adorable! It was so cute to read about how they became a family together. 

I was so excited that this book was about Frosty! He seemed like such a nice character and I enjoyed learning more about him. He was so sweet! As you read about his adjustment to his new family, it  is incredibly touching to see how hard he is trying to help them. He has no idea how to help children, but is doing his best. Evelyn was such an admirable character too.  She had gone through a lot of tragedy and was determined to take care of herself and her daughter. Finding herself in the Arizona desert with few options was not part of her plan.I enjoyed watching her adjusting to the ranching life. It was definitely a fish-out-of-water story, with funny and tender moments coming from it. I loved how she connected to the ladies of the ranch.  She and Madeline, her daughter, really found a family there. It was also so adorable to see the continuation of the background stories at the ranch too!

Overall, this was a sweet western story in the series. Though it can be read as a stand-alone, it is so much better to read it as part of a series! It is clean, but has some mention of domestic abuse. I would probably recommend it to teens and up!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Thursday’s Child

About the Book:

Thursday’s Child by [Noel Streatfeild]

Title: Thursday’s Child
Author: 
Noel Streatfeild
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
Release Date: 
April 2, 2020
Genre: 
Children’s Fiction

A thrilling, classic children’s adventure with a courageous heroine, from the beloved author of Ballet Shoes.

Margaret Thursday was named after the day she was found on the church steps as a baby. But she isn’t really an orphan – each year a bag of gold coins is left at the church for her keep. However, when Margaret is eleven years old, the money suddenly stops and her guardians have no choice but to send her away to an orphanage.

The orphanage is worse than they could have imagined. The children are poorly treated and barely fed, and fearless Margaret soon makes herself the enemy of the evil matron who runs it. Vowing to protect her new friends, Peter and Horatio, Margaret plans their daring escape . . . but she’ll have to outwit Matron at every turn.

Margaret’s action-packed adventure, set in turn-of-the-century England, takes her from orphanage to canal boat to the world of the theatre. Through it all, Margaret is propelled by her unwavering sense of self and determination.

Book Review:

Thursday’s Child is an adorable historical fiction book following orphan, Margaret Thursday by Noel Streatfeild. I knew Noel Streatfeild from her “Shoes” books. I had read Ballet Shoes, Dancing Shoes, Theater Shoes, and Theater Shoes. They were some of the books I really enjoyed reading in elementary school, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to read Thursday’s Child! Margaret Thursday is an orphan, who finds herself at an orphanage after the money supplied for her keep runs out. The orphanage turns out to be awful, with a harsh matron where the children are badly treated. Along with her friends, Margaret must find a way of escape!

Margaret was such a fun character! She was very confident and had such drama in her! She was also really kind and connected to people easily. And I loved her friends. They were all so sweet and seemed very realistic. Lavinia, Peter, Horatio and all the rest of the characters really made the story so interesting. I did not relate to Margaret as much, but I could empathize with her and relate to the other children in different ways.  

The story was very interesting. I liked watching the progression and it felt well-paced. Within a few chapters, I was already invested in the story! It is not a very action-packed book, but more an unfolding of the story of Margaret’s life. It has an older style of writing, with 3rd-person narrative and slightly different language than young readers may be accustomed to. It is also set in turn-of-the -century England, so there may be some unfamiliar references there as well. This story is the first in Margaret’s adventures, so while it offers some conclusions, not everything is made clear. 

Overall, this was a really fun and cute book that I would suggest to readers in mid-to late elementary school, who enjoy historical fiction! 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Love on the Range

About the Book:

Title: Love on the Range
Series: Brothers in Arms #3
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Fiction
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction

Falling for someone who doesn’t want to get married is soon be the least of his concerns.

While his brothers and their new wives search for who shot him, Wyatt Hunt is temporarily bedridden and completely miserable. Somehow Molly Garner’s limited skills have made her the most qualified in their circle to care for Wyatt. But by the time he’s healed, she’s fed up with him and the whole ungrateful family. For even worse than his grumpiness were the few unguarded moments when he pulled at her heartstrings, and she has been long determined to never repeat her mother’s mistakes.

When alternate plans of finding her own independent life fall through, Molly volunteers to work for the Pinkertons and help investigate nearby ranch owner Oliver Hawkins. She signs on to be his housekeeper, hoping to find clues to prove his nefarious, and possibly murderous, past. Wyatt refuses to let her risk it alone and offers to act as Hawkins’s new foreman.

But when another Pinkerton agent gets shot, they realize Hawkins isn’t the only danger. The Hunt brothers will have to band together to face all the troubles of life and love that suddenly surround them.

Book Review:

The final book in the Brothers in Arms series by Mary Connealy, Love on the Range concludes the overarching story as well as telling Molly and Wyatt’s story. I love how Ms. Connealy’s series have larger stories across them, but still have individual stories within each book. The last book has usually been my favorite in her series, because of the characterization that has been done throughout and being able to see all the characters that you loved from the previous books. This series follows the Hunt brothers as they discover secrets about their father and establish a life for themselves in Montana. Wyatt was born and raised in Montana, but the revelation of two brothers who his father left shakes his world. Though he has mostly adjusted to the new arrivals and the revealed secrets about his father, some mysteries are still unsolved. After being shot and subsequently bedridden, Wyatt is left being cared for by Molly Garner whose limited skills make her the most qualified. Though by the end she is fed up with him, there are moments of gentleness that laeve her scrambling to guard her heart. For Molly has promised herself never to make the mistakes of her mother, she will not get married. Molly is looking for her independence, but when her original plans fall through, she volunteers for the Pinkertons. She is working as a housekeeper to investigate Oliver Hawkins on his possibly murderous past.  Following her, Wyatt becomes Hawkins’s foreman. But as danger approaches, it is more at stake than they know and the family must band together. 

I was so excited for this book! I had the opportunity to read the first two books and was waiting for Wyatt and Molly’s book! Molly had so much to her that we did not know about yet. She seemed really nice and had a lot of secrets. It is nice to finally hear her story and learn about her. She and Wyatt were really cute to read about. They were able to support one another, especially with the dangerous situation they found themselves in. It was cool how different each of the ladies in this series were, yet they all respected each other. Molly had a lot of domestic skills that allowed her to take the job to investigate. Wyatt was also very sweet. He was trying so hard to take care of everything that was happening and to protect Molly. The ranch was his home and where he wanted to be.

This story was very exciting! There were so many things that were finally revealed and it was cool to see some cameos from other series that I will not spoil. I liked the ending too, it felt like things were cleared up and tied up. There is some action, some light violence and reference to murder. Overall, I would recommend this to older teens and up. It is a clean historical fiction Christian book and the conclusion to a series. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

A Companion for the Count

About the Book:

A Companion for the Count: A Regency Romance (Clairvoir Castle Romances Book 2) by [Sally Britton]

Title: A Companion for the Count
Series: Clairvoir Castle Romances #2
Author: Sally Britton
Release Date: May 2, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction

Miss Emma Arlen’s position as a companion never included distracting her mistress’s suitors, but when a handsome Italian ambassador arrives determined to find an English bride, Emma happily takes up the cause.

Emma Arlen has spent a decade as a member of the duke’s family, in the position of companion to his daughter and ward to the duke himself. She would do anything to show her support to the ducal family for their love and kindness. When Lady Josephine begs Emma to distract a most determined Sicilian suitor, she agrees at once. How hard can it be to keep one man entertained for a few weeks?

Luca, the Conte di Atella, left his home in the newly formed Kingdom of the Two Sicilies under the direct orders of King Ferdinand I. Luca’s duty as ambassador to England includes everything from negotiating better trade agreements to strengthening the bonds between the two nations. If possible, by marrying a lady of high birth. When he optimistically sets his sights on Lady Josephine, Miss Arlen consistently disrupts his plans. The more time that passes, the more he realizes he does not mind at all.

Continually in the conte’s company, Emma recognizes in him a spirit of adventure and nobility like she has never witnessed before. When the time comes for him to go, will she be able to part with him and keep her heart intact?

As the second stand-alone novel in a new series by author Sally Britton, this story continues the Clairvoir Castle romances. This is a light-hearted, romantic series set in the Regency period.

Book Review:

The 2nd book in the Castle Clairvoir romances, A Companion for the Count is a sweet regency romance perfect for spring! Emma has grown up alongside the Duke of Montfort’s family as his ward and companion to Lady Josephine, his daughter. She is loyal to the family and loves being with them, yet feels slightly apart from them. The arrival of an Italian ambassador who she and Lady Josephine are to help welcome, brings new uncertainties to her life. 

This was so cute! J had the opportunity to read the 1st book, Mr. Gardiner and the Governess, so I was so excited for this story! Emma seemed so kind and intelligent. I was just waiting for her book! It was just as good as I hoped!  Emma is intelligent, thoughtful, and observant. I really liked her and think that I would love to have her as a friend. Her natural observant nature and enjoyment of learning and exploring was so interesting. She definitely knew how to read a room and make people feel comfortable.

Luca was also very sweet. He was so serious and intentional. I thought that it  was very admirable how he understood his purpose and his role. I loved seeing both of their perspectives, especially of each other! They both found the other so compelling. It was lovely to see them grow comfortable with one another. I thought that it was also lovely to see how they complemented each other. They were both very intelligent and educated, aware of politics. Emma was really able to help Luca with her knowledge and lightheartedness. He brought her companionship, with care and intelligent conversation. They could talk to each other and truly understand each other. Both of them had insecurities that they had to overcome in their love story. 

I also loved seeing characters from the last book and some set up for the next book! It was so cool to see life at Clairvoir from a different perspective. I thought that it was also cool to see into another country through Luca. I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a sweet clean regency romance. It was super cute and you should definitely also read Mr. Gardiner and the Governess, the first book.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Silver Dollar Duke

About the Book:

Silver Dollar Duke: An American Victorian Romance (Hearts of Arizona Book 1) by [Sally Britton]

Title: Silver Dollar Duke
Series: Hearts of Arizona #1
Author: Sally Britton
Release Date: March 1, 2020
Genre: Western Romance

The last thing Dannie needs is a Victorian gentleman on her ranch, playing cowboy while she’s trying to save her family’s livelihood. Will high stakes and high emotions lead to heartbreak?

Evan Rounsevell, second son to the Marquess of Rothwell, is running as far from his family and responsibilities as he can. His fascination with cowboys takes him from English shores to the Arizona desert, but the days of showdowns are over, and Tombstone, Arizona, is a respectable town. With no funds left, and no desire to call on his affluent family for rescue, Evan seeks a position as a cowboy at a ranch on its last leg. 

Daniella Bolton’s fiancé left when the drought of 1893 crippled the KB ranch, but that’s just fine by her. She doesn’t need a man to help her save her family’s land. Especially not an Englishman who looks down on her style of living, like Evan does. She loves her life on the ranch, and no outsider could ever understand what it means to be loyal to the land and her family’s way of life. 

Being a cowboy is harder than Evan thought, but as he works to earn his place on the ranch, his heart opens up to the beauty of the desert… as well as that of Dannie Bolton. Watching Evan fight for the ranch she loves makes Dannie realize that not all men are afraid of hard work and troubled times, and loving Evan might be just the salve her wounded heart needs. But when Evan’s family summons him home right when Dannie needs him most, the feelings of betrayal from her former fiancé’s flight return tenfold. 

Does Evan dare risk his tenuous relationship with Dannie to fulfill his family responsibilities? Or will leaving Arizona be the worst mistake of his life?

Book Review:

I will be honest, I had no idea what to think when I started this book. A mix of Victorian  and western? I was intrigued, but not sure how to feel. However, I have loved Ms. Britton’s books in the past, so I was ready to read it. And I really enjoyed it! Evan has dreamed about the wilds of America. As the second son of a marquess in England, he is expected to marry well, tend to his brother’s lands, and be a credit to the family. However, he wants to make something of himself, to prove himself, and America is the place where anyone can build a life for themselves. When he comes to Arizona to work on one of the ranches and he is met by the young Bolton’s of King Bolton’s ranch, Evan is excited for the opportunity to pursue his dream. Danniella Bolton, or Dannie as everyone calls her, is less than impressed with the proper English gentleman who appears in the nearby town. He is much too smooth, much too charming, and much too green. He has no idea what he is in for when he asks her father for work on the ranch. But Evan’s work ethic and character soon prove her doubts wrong, he is honorable and willing to get his hands dirty. However, as respect turns into something more, will their differences keep them apart?

I thought Evan was so sweet. He wanted to do something with his life and he left to prove himself. Even though he came from a world of luxury and convenience, he worked on the ranch and started at the bottom. He was truly a gentleman towards Dannie and admires her greatly. Dannie had past trouble with love and was suspicious of Evan at first. She had to get over her fears and past hurts to truly see him. She was so tough and capable, but she had walls up too. I admired her abilities, she could do so much! She truly had a heart for the land and loved the work they did on the ranch. It was also amazing to see the world of Arizona in that time period. Silver Dollar Duke is the first of the Hearts of Arizona series, so I am excited to see how the world is developed. The Bolton family was lovely to read about and those who worked alongside them were like family too. I am excited to read more!

Watching Evan prove himself on the ranch, as he learned the workings of the ranch, he was discovering what he really wanted in life. What did he really want? Just to show that he could work on a ranch? Dannie had to also see what she really wanted, to get over her past. The struggles facing the ranch and those on it would test them and their relationship.

Overall, this book exceeded my expectations! It was leaning more towards western, but it was really cute. It was a sweet clean romance, with the adventure and excitement of living in the wilds of Arizona! Anyone who enjoys adventure, westerns, and clean romance will enjoy this!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.