Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Release Day Blitz: The Highland Duke by Amy Jarecki


Indie author Amy Jarecki makes her print debut with a brand-new series about rugged Highland lords.

She'll put her life on the line for him . . . 

When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.

Yet she can never learn his true identity.

Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he's the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger-he will face death itself to make her his . . . 

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Amy Jarecki is a descendant of an ancient Lowland clan and adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winning multiple writing awards, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance. Amy writes steamy edge-of-your-seat action adventures with rugged men and fascinating women who weave their paths through the brutal eras of centuries past.

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

The Highland Duke was an excellent historical romance! Absolutely everything about this story worked for me from the way that Akira comes upon Geordie to how their relationship develops while they are basically on the run to how all the conflicts are resolved in the end. Seriously, it was all so good and I couldn't get enough of this story. Akira was an interesting character. I don't think I've read a character such as her in any of the historical romances I've read to date, so following her character in this book was extremely refreshing. Geordie on the other hand was the type of hero that I've come to expect in the historical romances I read and that is what I loved most about his character because that meant that he was the type of hero that is not perfect by any means, but that I could still root for throughout the story.  As for the romance in the novel, I really loved the way that the author set up everything. All the life or death actions that were occurring throughout the book made the love story feel intense and passionate which basically had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading trying to figure out how Geordie and Akira were going to get out of the mess they were in and get their HEA. But, yeah, Amy Jarecki really took me for a ride with this book and I loved every second of it. The Highland Duke is definitely one of my top five historical romance reads of 2017 so far and I highly recommend it!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Virtual Tour: You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa Berne


In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.

Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow “The Penhallow way”—find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn’t going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she’s from a decent family.

But Livia’s transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who’ve thrown themselves at him, it’s the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?

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Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer book at fourteen, and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grantwriter, and an investment banker, but is thrilled to be returning to her roots and writing her own historical-romance novels! She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Q&A with Lisa Berne

Describe yourself in five words or less.

Curious, creative; reader, writer, dreamer.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

“Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky. Because perseverance is an important quality for a writer.

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

Besides the necessary cellphone, wallet, and lip gloss? A little notebook and pen. (I know you said one thing, but this is plainly a writer’s indivisible unit of oneness.) Inspiration can strike at any time, and for me paper’s better than apps for jotting down notes about my writing.

Name three things on your desk right now.

A thesaurus. A couple of houseplants, which I’m sneakily categorizing as “greenery,” because I also want to mention my stack of Post-it Notes, without which I am considerably less productive.

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

I love writing scenes in which characters are talking and there are all kinds of things they can’t — or won’t — say embedded within their words, whether it’s because they’re wrestling with their emotions, unaware of their deep true feelings, constricted by the etiquette of the time, other people are around, and so on. Which means that in what seems like a simple conversation, the subtext can be deliciously complicated.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

I’m not the first to suggest that reading — widely and voraciously across multiple genres, both for pleasure and with an analytic eye — is a necessary component for someone wanting to become a writer. There are also a lot of great, insightful books and blogs on the subject; I particularly like Stephen King’s On Writing, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, Gwen Hayes’ Romancing the Beat, and Chuck Wendig’s bracing, blisteringly unsentimental approach to the writing life.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

With pleasure! Coming this summer is the second book in the Penhallow Dynasty series: The Laird Takes a Bride, featuring Scotsman Alasdair Penhallow, who’s forced by an arcane decree to marry and ends up with spirited Fiona Douglass. They’re both very resentful of the situation, and don’t find each other particularly attractive or appealing . . . which is, of course, a highly inauspicious way to begin a marriage. But it’s a very fun way to set a love story in motion. 



I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 5 out of 5 stars

I know it's only March, but I think I can say with certainty that You May Kiss the Bride is my favorite historical romance debut of 2017! This book was everything I was expecting it to be and more! Seriously, people, this book was absolutely amazing in every way!

First off, the premise was great! I loved that Gabriel was so intent on finding himself a suitable bride to fulfill his duty to his family only to end up tied to an "unsuitable" woman such as Livia. I love the way it all played out. It was funny and while Livia and Gabriel weren't each other's biggest fans at the beginning their love story ended up being extremely sweet and romantic.

Secondly, the characters were wonderful. Gabriel was kind of an asshole at the beginning of the book, but the more that we got into his head the more that I started to really like him until I eventually fell in love with his character Although, he was a little slow on realizing that Livia was in love with him. And while I appreciate what he was willing to do towards the end so that Livia could be happy the fact that he was that oblivious to Livia's feelings was a bit frustrating. Spoiler alert: he came to his senses in the end, thankfully.

As for Livia, she was absolutely wonderful in every way. She was so normal and I really felt for her because her circumstances forced her to do things that she did not want and live with people who did not care for her. But at the same time that is what made the fact that she was able to find love and a home with the Penhallows all the more satisfying.

Overall, I loved this book! It was an amazing historical romance novel and I can't wait to read more books in this series as well as more books by this author in general. If they are even just half as amazing as this book they would still be must reads because this romance was pretty spectacular.

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.com/tours-master/2017/2/8/you-may-kiss-the-bride-lisa-berne

Virtual Tour: Crazy for You by Rachel Lacey


“Rachel Lacey is a sure-fire star." --- Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author


Emma Rush can't remember a time when she didn't have a thing for Ryan Blake. Haven's resident bad boy is just so freakin' hot-with tattoos, a motorcycle, and enough rough-around-the-edges sexiness to melt all her self-control. Now that Emma's over being a "good girl," she needs a little help being naughty . . . and she knows just where to start.

Before Emma's brother enlisted in the military, he made Ryan promise that he would protect her from everything--including himself. When her brother doesn't come home, Ryan needs to turn his screwed-up life around to honor his pledge. But he knows he's still not the right kind of guy for someone as sweet as Emma. Only he can't stop wanting to be with her. Wanting her. Falling in love with a good girl may be the craziest risk this bad boy can take . . . 

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Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.

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Q&A with Rachel Lacey

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved writing all the fun, adventurous things Ryan and Emma did together in CRAZY FOR YOU – rock climbing, cliff jumping, motorcycle rides, etc. They were so much fun to write, and it was the perfect balance to some of the heavier themes in the book. These two characters really bring out the best in each other, constantly pushing each other out of their comfort zones.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Dream On by Aerosmith – “Dream until your dreams come true!”

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

Chapstick! I have a weird obsession with it.

A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less. 

Contemporary Romance Author. Wife. Mother. Animal Lover & Rescue Advocate. Hufflepuff. Powered by wine, chocolate, and books!

If you could have dinner with any three authors (alive or dead), who would you choose and why?

First, JK Rowling because she is a literary genius and a fierce feminist, and I’d love to chat with her about anything and everything. Next, Mary Higgins Clark because she was my very first “favorite author,” and I’d love to thank her for that. And of course Nora Roberts because she is my hero and gives great advice. All three of these ladies have inspired me so much, and I would love to just soak up all the knowledge they could impart.

What are your favorite types of stories to read?

My favorite books make me laugh *and* cry. I want ALL THE FEELS while I’m reading!



I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Crazy for You, the second book in Rachel Lacey's Risking It All was an exceptional contemporary romance read. When I read the first book in this series, Ryan and Emma immediately intrigued me and I was so excited for them to get their own story and the author definitely did not disappoint with this book and made the wait for Ryan and Emma to get their HEA worth it! This love story was exactly what I wanted and needed it to be at the time that I read it. I couldn't get enough of Ryan and Emma together. Their story was all types of sweet and steamy and the author went about it in a way that I didn't get annoyed by the fact that Ryan tried to distance himself Emma since she was the little sister of his dead friend. It actually made him more adorable because for a guy who is labeled the "bad boy" he was actually really sweet and good and I couldn't help but love his character. As for Emma, she was one of those heroines that are easy to relate to and she is extremely likable so you can't help but love and root for her. Getting back to the romance, the love story in this book truly was exceptional. The relationship between Ryan and Emma was one of those whirlwind romances that just make you feel all the things and I loved every second of it. Aside from the romance, I also loved all the other things that where going on in this book with Emma trying to establish herself and build a career for herself and with the drama that Ryan was going through with the appearance of his younger brother in his life. Overall, everything about this book was wonderful. I loved it to pieces and I highly recommend it!

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.com/tours-master/2016/12/27/crazy-for-you-risking-it-all-2-by-rachel-lacey

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ARC Review: The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood


Things I want to say to Ryder Covington...

I hate you more than a hole in my favorite pair of leggings.

Your smirk makes me want to yell in all shouty caps.

You're really gorgeous...until you open your mouth.

Stop looking at me like that. You're not ripping my panties off.

Saying those things to him would be the whipped cream on top of my rocky road ice cream, but I can't, because he's my client. And I'm up for a promotion. Oh, and the little fact that my boss told me to give Mr. Covington everything he wants. But the only thing he wants is me. And he can't have that.

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

So I swear I had reviewed this book already, but apparently I hallucinated that detail which makes me kind of mad because this book was really amazing and didn't deserve for me to forget about reviewing it for as long as I did. Anywho, as I said this book really was great romantic comedy read. It was exactly what I have come to expect from Jennifer Blackwood since I picked up her first book Unethical a couple of years ago. Just like this author's previous books this book was full of great characters, fun and awkward situations and a romance that had my full attention from start to finish. Zoey and Ryder were amazing in every way! I especially loved that this wasn't the typical falling for the "boss" or enemies to lovers story because while it was those two things the history between these two characters and the the current situation they were in made this love story so much more and I loved it so much! And while my favorite book by this author is still Landing the Air Marshall, The Rule Maker is definitely a very close favorite!!!

ARC Review: Ruthless by Gina L. Maxwell


He’s called Ruthless.

A sex god with tattoos, piercings, black hair styled to look like he just got laid, and completely off-limits. But I’m like the badass honey badger, and when I’m told I can’t have something I want, I go after it that much harder.

It wasn’t long before I had him pushing me up against the wall for a mutually agreed upon one-time thing. In an alley. Rough and wild. Best. Sex. Ever.

Now he’s my boss and—spoiler alert—and we can barely keep from tearing each other’s clothes off. But he’s determined it will never happen again, and it’s not only our work relationship that’s stopping him. He has a secret kink—one he’s sure I won’t want any part of—and he’s using it to push me away.

But I’m a honey badger, damn it, and I’m not about to give up on this without a fight. It’s time to go after what I want and show this man he’s not the only one who can be…ruthless.

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

So while I had enjoyed the first book in this series last year, I wasn't blown away by it, but that was not the case with this book. Ruthless, the second installment in Gina L. Maxwell's Playboys in Love series was pretty much a perfect sexy romance!

Addison, the heroine in this book was absolutely wonderful. She was headstrong and independent and the perfect match for Roman. And talking about Roman he was such an interesting hero. He had a lot of hang-ups when it came to relationships because of his sexual preferences, but all-in-all he was a good person so it was impossible to not like his character.

And talking about his sexual preferences they were the main source of tension and conflict in this book, but I feel the way they caused conflict in the story was a bit unnecessary. By the way that all the steamy scenes progressed it was pretty obvious that Addison was pretty much on board with what Roman was into when he was Ruthless, but still there was a lot of back and forth between them that could get a bit annoying. But that aside, I really enjoyed this romance. I loved the way that Addison persisted until Roman finally accepted that he could be with her and still be Ruthless.

Overall, this book was a fun and off the charts hot romantic read that I couldn't get enough of. And based on how much better this book was from the first book, I'm even more excited for book three because I'm pretty sure that book will be the death of me based on what we learn about a certain character in this book. But, yeah, I loved this book and I highly recommend this series as a whole!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ARC Review: Falling for the Bad Girl by Nina Croft


It takes an incredibly good man to tame a bad, bad girl…

As a second-generation detective, Nathan Carter is a cop, through and through, one who definitely sees things in black and white. But his work ethic—and libido—are thrown off balance when he heads up the case against jewel thief, Regan Malloy. Because with one sizzling look, she’s got him hot and hard. And he’s been that way, ever since.

Growing up, Regan’s favorite hobby was learning to crack safes, and she was very, very good at it. Still, she’d always tried to keep to the straight and narrow, and only strayed when she believed a friend was in desperate straits. Now she’s out of prison and starting over. If only she could forget that she’d spent the last three years fantasizing about the stunningly gorgeous detective who locked her away.

It’s inevitable that they meet up again—in bars, hotels…and hotel beds. Despite their differences, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Still, it’s just desire. If they give it enough time, it’ll burn itself out. Because a good boy and a bad girl can’t possibly make it work. Can they? 

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

I have read several of Nina Croft's books and this book is definitely my favorite to date! The story was just everything I needed it to be and more. The whole cop falling in love with an ex-con thing really worked in this book. The author had me on the edge of my seat the entire time waiting to see exactly how everything was going to play out between Regan and Nathan and I go to say everything played out in the most perfect way possible. The romance in this book was intense and incredibly steamy, but it could also be extremely sweet at times. But the best part was that I enjoyed the lengths in which Nathan was willing to go to be with Regan. I don't want to give too much way because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, but let's just say his grand gesture at the end to prove to Regan that he loved her was EVERYTHING. But Nathan was not the only one going for it. While Regan was the more apprehensive of the two when it came to their relationship since her character was a bit more wary of the situation, she still really put her whole self into the relationship whether she realized it at first or not and she even had her own grand gesture towards the end that added to how satisfied I was by this romance. And I was extremely satisfied by this romance. Their relationship had a very desperate and passionate feel to it and I just couldn't get enough of it! Seriously this book was amazing and I highly recommend it!

ARC Review: Delicious Satisfaction by Sabrina Sol


As LA’s hottest up-and-coming chef, Alexa Montoya is known for her ruby red lipstick, award-winning arroz con pollo and a penchant for falling for the wrong kind of men. And when a confrontation with a loser ex-boyfriend lands her in some legal trouble, she’s forced to call her long-time friend, Dante Perez, to bail her out. Only this time, Dante seems different, somehow. More gorgeous, more sexy, more…mouthwateringly irresistible. Suddenly she’s tempted to give the lawyer much more than a simple thank you…

Dante is tired of seeing Alexa with guys who only know how to steal her money and break her heart. He’s watched--and waited for--her long enough. Helping with her legal situation will finally give him a chance to win her over for good. His plan?  He’ll seduce her into finally believing that there’s something deliciously right between them…

Despite their chemistry, Alexa can’t trust that Dante won’t leave. But Dante knows how to win a case. And he’ll do whatever it takes to convince Alexa that she’ll always leave him hungry for more.

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5 out of 5 stars

Delicious Satisfaction is the third book in one of my favorite romance series and it was absolutely amazing! I love, love, loved this book. I never really paid much attention to Alexa in previous books, but in this book she became my favorite of Sabrina Sol's heroines. Alexa was EVERYTHING I wanted and needed in a heroine and I couldn't get enough of her. Then we have Dante. So while Brandon, the hero from the previous book, is still my favorite, Dante is a very, very close second fave! He was genuinely a good person and friend and when it came down to it he was the perfect man for Alexa to have ended up with.

Moving on to the romance, the love story in this book was by far my favorite in this series! I loved that it was not only a friends to lovers story, but also a second chance love story. The whole situation really worked for me since there was a good amount of history between these two and that history did not only complicate their relationship, but also made the story as a whole more satisfying because it all felt like it was a long time coming.

In regards to the non-romantic subplot involving Alexa's ex and the whole incident at his restaurant, it was all very interesting, but it was my least favorite aspect of the book because in my opinion it felt to me like the whole situation wasn't really utilized to it's full potential in the book. I was kind of expecting more drama, but was let down a little bit.

But other than that this book was great. I loved it so much. Sabrina Sol has a way of creating wonderfully realistic Latino characters and giving them swoon-worthy more than satisfying love stories and this book was by far her best book to date and in my opinion EVERYONE needs to read it. I promise you won't be disappointed!

ARC Review: Playing the Player by Amy Andrews


All bets are off.

After a long history with crappy guys, high school teacher Em Newman is going man-vegan. Four months of revirginization has opened her eyes to her doormat imitation but, baby’s got spine now, and some smooth-talking—even if he is sinfully hot—rugby player, won’t be adding her as a notch anytime soon.

Lincoln Quinn loves rugby, women, and poker. And he likes to win at all three. When his team mates bet him he can’t break through Em’s resolve, he’s more than up for the challenge. But this lady has a shoebox of stipulations before she’ll even go on a date with him, much less use that mouth for kissing instead of giving orders.

Something’s gotta give but this time Em’s not settling. And Linc’s questioning everything he ever knew about matters of the heart.

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Playing the Player was another incredibly fun and sexy contemporary romance read. Amy Andrews has recent become one of those authors who get me really excited when they release a new book and this book was the perfect example as to why. It was in my opinion a perfect sports romance and this is coming from someone who IRL hates sports. Lol. But, yeah, I really, really loved this book! The characters where wonderful. Em was a heroine I could really get behind. I didn't agree with every decision and thing she did in this book, but she was the type of heroine that I would love to be friends with IRL life and therefore I enjoyed reading about her a lot. As for Linc, I have to admit he wasn't my favorite of this author's heroes, but that doesn't mean I didn't like him. I actually liked him quite a a lot, but I loved him especially when he was interacting with Em. The dynamic between the two of them was really fun and exciting and they both had my full attention while I was reading. The romance between them was a bit predictable, but I'm really a fan of predictable when it comes to romances like this because that means this love story ended up being exactly what I wanted it to be when I picked up this book. Overall, I LOVED this book so much! And if you're looking for a fairly lighthearted and steamy read I highly recommend this book.

ARC Review: Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey


A sexy new M/M romance from New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey

When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.

Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.

Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction...

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

This book was absolutely amazing! Tessa Bailey has proven to me time and time again that I will love everything that she writes and that was especially true about this book because when this book was first announced I was a little doubtful I would like it. That doubt was the result of the fact that Tessa hadn't written a M/M book before and I wasn't Renner's biggest fan in the previous books in this series, but once I started reading this book I realized I was so wrong to doubt Tessa Bailey's ability to make me love this book as much as her others. This book was EVERYTHING and I think I can honestly say I loved it more than the majority of her other books which is really saying something given how much I love Tessa's previous books.

Not only did Tessa deliver an A+ M/M romance, but she also made me love Renner so much. His character made me mad in the previous books, but in this book I finally started to really get his character. There was so much more to him than I previously thought and I ended up loving his character a lot. And then we have Milo. I didn't go into this book having any particular feelings about Milo, but he ended up turning into one of my favorite of Tessa heroes. He was just so charming and lovable and I really enjoyed reading about him.

The romance in this book was really wonderful. Milo and Renner are a really mismatched couple, but at the same time they were absolutely perfect together. Everything about the way that their romance developed worked for me and I absolutely loved it!!!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

ARC Review: The Secret of My Seduction by Caroline Linden


The final chapter in the Scandals series...

Rule #1: Be discreet

No one suspects Bathsheba Crawford of being the anonymous author of a wickedly scandalous series of naughty novels. But she is.

Rule #2: Do not fall in love

When she approaches her publisher, rakish Liam MacGregor, with an indecent proposal, he’s shocked. But he accepts.

Rules were made to be broken…

The requirements for their affair are simple: complete secrecy and no romantic attachment. But the more they see each other…the more pleasure they find in each other’s arms…the harder it becomes to remember the rules…

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

The Secret of My Seduction, the final installment in Caroline Linden's Scandals series was the perfect historical romance novella. I've only read one other book in this series, the full-length novel Six Degrees of Scandal, but that did not stop me from enjoying this book to the fullest. It stands-alone extremely well and was just put together so perfectly that I couldn't help but love this book. First off, the heroine and the hero in this book were EVERYTHING! Bathsheba was my favorite type of heroine in a historical romance. She was headstrong and intelligent and I loved her so much. As for Liam, it was hard not to swoon over him. He was such an alpha male in many of his interactions with Bathsheba, but at the same time he was also very sweet and watching him inevitably fall in love with Bathsheba was so wonderful. And talking about falling in love, I absolutely loved the way that the romance progressed in this book. The way everything started with Bathsheba propositioning Liam to him taking charge of their interactions was all so good! I was absolutely perfect as I stated at beginning of the review and based on how much I loved this book, you would think it was a full-length novel, but no it was only a novella and that was AMAZING. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!!!