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Last Night with the Duke

Last Night with the Duke (The Rakes of St. James Series) by Amelia Grey

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Overview by Publisher:

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling around London that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind–until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride in Last Night with the Duke, the first novel in the brand-new Regency Rakes of St. James series by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey.

This is an amazing book!  A fabulous start to a new series by an author I always know will be a great read!

Esmeralda is working as the owner of a chaperone service to the elite of the ton.  She meets her match when the Duke of Griffin enters her establishment.  Thus begins the delicious adventure she undertakes with Griffin.  The opening scene between the two of them, literally left me breathless with the heavy and hot tension between them.  Amelia Grey is a fabulous writer as she has mastered the art of anticipation and want.

Esmeralda moves into the Duke’s household to chaperone his twin sisters.  This is the beginning of the push and pull between Esmeralda and Griffin.  They are working together to make sure the twins have the season of their dreams and keep away nefarious gentleman who seek to harm them.  While they work together to figure out who would want to hurt the reputation of the twins, they grow closer.

This romance unwinds like a tightly spun thread.  Everytime you think things will lead to the bedroom or the sofa or whatever, they manage to contain their passion.  Rather than frustrate me as a reader, I wanted more!

Griffin is an interesting character.  An affirmed rake and bachelor, he has a checked past with his fellow rakes, who are introduced for future novels no doubt.  I wanted to be mad at Griffin that it mattered who Esmeralda’s parentage was, but knowing his intentions toward her from the start made me realize it was inevitable.  Esmeralda is a strong woman who was trying to establish a business and parent her young sister.  I have a weakness for historical romance novels that highlight a progressive woman who may follow societies rules, but also knows her worth and abilities.

This book captures the tension in romance that makes it so spine tingling great!  I highly recommend checking out this book!  Can’t wait for the next one in the series!

Wedding Night with the Earl

Wedding Night with the Earl by Amelia Grey

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Overview by Publisher:

HE THINKS LOVE IS MUCH ADO.
Adam Greyhawke is through with marriage. After losing his wife at a young age, he’s more interested in carousing and gambling at the Heirs’ Club than taking another trip to the altar. When his obligations as the Earl of Greyhawke thrust him into the heart of Society, he dreads the boredom that only a ballroom can inspire in a roguish scoundrel. That is, until he meets a bewitching young woman who captures his curiosity—and reminds him just how delicious desire can be.

IS SHE READY TO SAY I DO?
Miss Katharine Wright is accustomed to men interested only in her generous dowry. Adam’s attraction is far more powerful—he tests her wits and her courage at every turn, until she finds herself longing to fulfill an everlasting passion she never imagined was possible. But the breathtakingly handsome nobleman is as stubborn as he is scandalous, and Katharine must be the one to convince him that real love is worth any risk…in Wedding Night with the Earl by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey.

This is the next book in the Heirs Club series.  It’s the story of Adam and Katharine and how the two overcome the challenges in their lives to come together.

Adam was a condruum.  He lost his wife in child birth and has retreated to the country to wallow in his grief.  His rustication is interrupted by the arrival of the news that he is now the Earl of Greyhawke and the guardian of a young boy.  He must come to London to settle the estate accounts.  When he attends his first outing he meets the incredible Katharine.  She makes him forget all his past troubles and he is enraptured with her.

And so begins the romance between the two.  They share some stolen moments that help solidify the relationship.  Adam searches for her, looks for opportunities to be with her and yet, he has no intention of remaining in London with her.  As the reader, this was challenging as he was so clearly interested in her, but unable to commit.

Katharine has had as many challenges in her past as Adam.  She is an orphan who lives with her relatives and has an injured leg.  She walks with a cane and her disability has made her wary of the intentions of men.  The fact that Adam simply wants just her makes her giddy for a time.  But like most women, Katharine doesn’t deal well with ambiguity.  She wants a direction from Adam, but the one he gives her is unwelcome.

The book is the battle between what Adam desires and what his stubborn nature will allow.  I enjoyed how he interacted with Katharine and cared for her.  His devotion to helping her learn to dance was a huge redeeming feature of his.  His previcating made me a little crazy at times.  He was deeply scarred by the death of his wife and child, yet he is involving himself with a young, unmarried woman.  I loved the backbone that Katharine had and how she demanded better for herself.  Her dignity was impressive and I loved that she put Adam through his paces.

This was a solid story – it followed the conventions of historical romance perfectly.  If you are looking for a story that sticks with the tried and true, then you will enjoy this book.  I found that I really adored Katharine and I liked that the author developed such strength in her.

The Earl Claims a Bride

The Earl Claims a Bride (The Heir’s Club) by Amelia Grey

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Overview by Amazon:

CAN A HASTILY ARRANGED MATCH

Harrison Thornwick is the Heirs’ Club’s newest member. His carefree days as a reckless rogue carousing around London are suddenly behind him after the tragic death of his brother leaves him in charge of the family estate. What’s more, the Prince himself has offered to secure his marital prospects. Now Harrison has no choice but to grin and bear his noble fate-and the woman who’s been chosen for him.

BECOME A LOVE FOR ALL TIME? Miss Angelina Rule is a spectacular beauty, a dream match for any man. But she is fiercely independent-and full of passion-and is all set to rebel against her royal order of marriage…until she meets the devilishly charming Harrison. With him by her side, Angelina devises a scheme that will teach her meddlesome relatives a lesson, once and for all. But little did she and Harrison expect to fall into a tempestuous attraction-and a powerful desire that neither of them can deny…

It is so great when you read a book that has a totally awesome male lead.  I adored Harrison!  He was so smooth and sexy.  He was a rogue, but all that coiled male energy was focused on the very lovely and lucky Angelina.  Amelia Gray has created a great love triangle that examines the emotions of falling in love.

Angelina was smitten with a Captain in the British Army as a teenager.  It’s that typical infatuation you have as an inexperienced young woman.  A few glances and bam – its love!  Angelina has harboured love for the Captain for three years.  She believes she is in love with him, but reality is very different from the fantasy she has built in her mind.

Harrison comes into her life through the machinations of the Prince of Wales.  He will pay off her father’s substantial debt in exchange for her marrying Harrison.  Harrison is the youngest son of four, he was never supposed to inherit the title, but numerous tragedies have made it possible.

Harrison is taken with Amelia from the moment he sees her.  He doesn’t really want to marry and his attentions are on restoring his estate.  However, Angelina surprises him and he finds that besides the strong attraction he feels, he likes her.  And so begins his adventure of chasing Angelina.  He fits her numerous descriptions of rogue, rule-breaker and cad, but it’s all in an effort to combat the feelings she is developing for him.

The Captain returns and hence, the love triangle begins.  Angelina spends time with the Captain who has been greviously injured in India.  She wants to heal him and care for him, like she does with her numerous strays she takes in.  Both men want Angelina, and she must make a choice.

What I enjoyed about this book was the introspective tone to the book.  It was a deep view into what is attraction, love and how to make the right choice for the rest of your life.  Do you choose someone in order to heal them?  Or do you pick the person that makes your heart beat a little faster?  Is lust the same thing as love?  Will lust fade and if it does, what are you left with?  These are some of the inner struggles that the characters face.

What makes this book successful is the well-developed dialogue and plot.  The author is judicious in the scenes she creates and propels the plot along well.  The author Sarah MacLean says that a love scene should create conflict (or something like that) and Amelia Gray does this well.  It’s not like the book is full of crisis’s, but rather each scene is conceived to push the characters into action or reflection.

It’s hard to right about the chemistry between characters – it must be even harder to create it!  The chemistry between Harrison and Angelina is one of the things I liked the most about this book.  They tease each other and send smouldering looks.  I adored how they interacted and that Harrison was so captivated by Angelina.

This was a great story and I found myself lost in the words on the page and the tangle of emotions it provoked.

A Merry Chase with a Duke

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The Duke In My Bed (The Heir’s Club) by Amelia Grey

Overview by Amazon:

HERE COMES THE GROOM
As a notorious member of the Heirs’ Club, Bray Drakestone can’t resist a challenge from one of his well-heeled colleagues—especially when it involves money and horses. But the friendly wager takes an unexpected and deadly turn. Bray is forced to agree to marry one of his challenger’s five sisters—sight unseen. Now gamblers all over London are placing bets on whether Bray will actually go through with it…

THERE GOES THE BRIDE
Miss Louisa Prim, the eldest sister, doesn’t care a whit what the reckless rogue at the Heirs’ Club promised her brother—she has no intention of marrying the future Duke of Drakestone. Bray, however, sees her rejection as another challenge. He bets that the fiery Miss Prim will not only agree to marry him, she will propose to him! With four sisters behind her, Louisa knows she can’t lose. But why does her opponent have to be a divinely handsome scoundrel? And so sweetly, irresistibly seductive…

I really love books where the hero and heroine chase each other all over London. This book is exactly like that. Bray made a death bed promise to marry Louisa and has been hounded over that promise for two years. Now Louisa is not only in London bringing the gossip to a roar, but he has been handed guardianship of her and her four sisters. It seems he can no longer ignore his promise.

Bray is a typically gentleman of the ton. Raised in a loveless, arranged marriage as an only child, he has no notion of what love is or a normal marriage. In the time since he made his promise, his father has died and he is now a young Duke. He knows he needs to eventually marry to provide heirs and he is procrastinating about Miss Louisa. He is of the mindset that any woman will do for his Duchess, so he may as well meet this woman and see how things land. His father taught him to be a man of indulgence and hide his emotions. He has never known warmth and comfort of a home and family. This is his main flaw throughout the book, and the one thing that has to evolve for him to be with Louisa.

When he arrives at Louisa’s house, the chaos of the girls is deafening to him. I totally enjoyed how overwhelmed he was by the little girls of the Prim family. However, when he meets Louisa, he is surprised at how lovely she is and he immediately thinks this won’t be so bad.

Too bad for him as Louisa looks at him like he is dung on his boots. She wants nothing to do with him, yet is trapped by her circumstances as a young unmarried woman and the neglectful and rather deceitful actions of the new Viscount Wayebury. It was thrilling to read about their first encounter as it sets the stage for an interesting and lively courtship. He wants her, but is repelled by the notion of duty and a promise and she is horrified at his cavalier attitude towards her family and her brother’s death.

The two dance around each other. I loved the scenes with balls and parties when Bray and Louisa would spar and ignore each other. But you know from the author’s skilled writing that they really want each other, but are letting everything and everyone else get in the way.
As if the pressure on Bray from his friends and the ton wasn’t enough, it turns out Prinny has an eye on his upcoming nuptials and is monitoring closely what is happening between the two. These were delightful scenes as the noose tightens on Bray.

The passion between Bray and Louisa is very hot. He has animal magnetism and when he cages her in the library for a kiss; it was as if you had just read ten pages of the hottest love scenes. The fact that attraction is very strong between the two is just another lure to bringing them together.

But for the relationship to happen, Bray must prove that he is a good man. He shows Louisa through his actions that he is a good man. Albeit grudgingly at times, he takes care of her sisters and shows patience and thoughtfulness to their care. I think this is what wins Louisa over as she comes to see him as protective and caring. Louisa is hard to win over and even fights Bray with all the weapons at her disposal, such as petitioning to have his guardianship removed.

When circumstances come to a head with her uncle, Louisa realizes that she must make a decision. She has to make the best decision for herself and her sisters. Has she changed Bray enough to accept a family? Can their marriage be more than a typical ton union? Those are the questions the reader is left with right until the end of the book. The epilogue was great as it gave the reader a wonderful glimpse into the future of the Prim family and Bray.