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Historical Romance: A Raven’s Heart (Secrets and Spies #2) by K.C. Bateman

Lovesewpt To Be Published Oct. 18, 2016 266 Pages
To Be Published Oct. 18, 2016
266 Pages

The War with France is over but England is still on its toes. William Ravenwood knows he cannot trust anyone. After been kidnapped at the age of 19, he vowed never to let his guard down again. Part of a spy ring and a smuggler known as the Raven, Ravenwood is no longer a innocent man. 

Desperte to find his friend Kit, who is missing and presumed dead, Ravenwood teams up with the only woman who has ever made his blood boil, Heloise, his best friend’s little sister.

For the past 6 years, Heloise has been avoiding Ravenwood, since her confession when she was 16 years old. As brilliant coder and England’s greatest asset, avoiding him isn’t too hard. But when she decodes a message that details how Kit is alive, avoiding Ravenwood is not an option. 

Trying to ignore the heat between each other, Ravenwood and Heloise must find Kit and in the process let go of their secrets.

Surprise, surprise; I liked this book. To say it isn’t a typical romance novel, would be a lie but at the same time it is also untypical. It is typical in the sense you get that lust turned love at almost every page. I was actually surprised at how soon the desires started flowing. I guess maybe because this is book two? Which I didn’t notice until I was working on the review. It didn’t feel like a book two and I chalk that up to good writing.

I liked Ravenwood and Heloise because they were intelligent and not the I just read books intelligent but Heloise was passionate about words and history and that was shown throughout the book. I really loved that part of the book it made it so much more than two grown people worrying about society and their feelings.

The romance was typical, so I am not going to get too much into it. But will say that their lust/love was unconventional and I liked it. It was good to see something different and it was actually believable. I can’t say that I didn’t like something about this book. The pace was great, there was a good amount of drama and history and it balanced the romance well.

Overall, a quick read that will want you to read another one.

4 Pickles

NetGalley Review: The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

Loveswept To Be Published Nov. 10, 2015 Kindle Edition
      To Be Published Nov. 10, 2015
               Kindle Edition

Lady Sara Emerson has lived an isolated life since the murder of her cousin. Two years later the killer now wants Sara. So she turns to the only person she believes that can help, her cousin’s fiance, the Duke of Rossmoyne.

Ross never really noticed his fiance’s cousin but now that she has come to him he can the beautiful woman she became to be. But Ross will not let his attraction to her stop him from returning overseas away from the unforgiving society. 

But what are Sara and Ross supposed to do when their attraction turns into something deeper and Sara’s stalker gets closer to his kill?

The thing about historical romance is people are expecting a complication romance that involves either a bad boy and/or a outspoken woman. People feel that you can’t have a love at first sight romance. People forget that historical romance provide a fantasy of unfiltered passion and love. People forget to just enjoy the cuteness of it.

Okay I am off my soapbox.

I love this book. Finished it in one sitting. I loved Ross much more than I loved Sara. He wasn’t a bad boy, which I appreciated the author for not going that route. He was a grown man who knew what he wanted and was honorable. He was also a man that loved and loved fiercely. He was perfect to me. I loved reading his point of view.

Just because I loved Ross more than Sara doesn’t mean I didn’t like Sara. I enjoyed the fact that the author didn’t make her an extreme. What I mean by that is Sara wasn’t an outcast because either she was plain or because she was too modern. She was a perfect mix of what society wanted from her and being her own intelligent person. Sara was cute, shy but not stupid by any means.

The actual story was written well too. There was some slight predictability but nothing too major that made me want to roll my eyes. The pace was wonderful the downtime didn’t actually feel like downtime.

My only issue with this book is I wish there was more tension or for the lack of better term more focus on the murder and someone coming after Sara. I felt that it became too much about their relationship and less about the pending danger.

Overall I really liked this book.

4 Pickles