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Reason to Wed by Heather Boyd

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Reason to Wed by Heather Boyd
The Distinguished Rogues Book 7
Publisher: Nocht Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (162 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Richard Hill, the Earl of Windermere, might desperately require a wife and heir, but thoughts of duty fly from his mind when he rescues Esme, Lady Heathcote, from the embarrassment of a failed affair. They usually never agree about anything. He’s never even kissed the vexing widow. But when the opportunity arises to whisk her away for a no-strings-attached rendezvous, Richard can’t imagine a better way to spend a moonlit evening.

Esme has never lacked for admirers, but having Lord Windermere’s company goes a long way to ease the pain of losing her suddenly betrothed lover. And when Windermere suggests an affair, Esme is intrigued by the blazing-hot connection even while knowing their relationship has no future beyond his house party.

But as with any temptation, it’s a bargain they’ll soon regret.

No strings attached may be what they were thinking but those “best laid plans” often run amoke when emotions and mother nature gets involved.

Marriage of convenience. It’s been done many times. The difference I was looking for was how the characters behaved before the “reason to wed” as compared to after. Was there heat? Did they have chemistry? Was I looking forward to seeing how it would all play out? I was delighted in how the author answered these questions.

First off, I really liked the scene where Richard takes Esme to his room the first time. What happened wasn’t what I expected at all but I appreciate it. Since I haven’t read the other books in this series, yet, I can only assume that some of the history they allude to could have played out in a previous book. It might be interesting to start at the beginning and find out.

Secondly, they do have a certain version of adversarial heat. They haven’t always been friendly with one another but they aren’t strangers, either. There’s an automatic maturity to their relationship that put them on totally separate footing than if they had just met and knew nothing about each other. The author doesn’t have to waste precious space dealing with them learning about the past before they can move on to the present or future. It was a good call.

The Windemere family has a very interesting history, or maybe tradition is a better word for it, when it comes to the men of the house taking a bride. Knowing that the story eventually comes around to the “reason to wed”, I wondered when/if that tradition would come in to play. Richard states that he wants the tradition to die with his generation but he and Esme have some obstacles to overcome so, maybe or maybe not. Still, the particulars required of that “tradition”, I think Richard was correct in thinking that his ancestors had to be a little loony. When it did happen, it cracked me up.

Reason To Wed was a fun read. I am dying to know what happens to Harriett and Avery and Jillian and Mr. Hammond. So many interesting side characters with stories to tell. Readers who enjoy a spicy historical should truly give this one a try.

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Miss George’s Second Chance by Heather Boyd

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Heather will be awarding an eCopy of Miss George’s Second Chance to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

1_7 BBT MISS GEORGES SECOND CHANCE BOOK COVER BANNER copyWhen desperately private writer Imogen offered to marry Peter Watson it wasn’t just to save a friend but to secure her own future. With her eyesight failing and no other prospects for marital bliss on the horizon, surely it wouldn’t be too horrible to marry without the benefits of love. But then Peter gains a title a week before they’re set to wed and all of Imogen’s expectations change.

Peter once believed that marriage to Imogen would solve his financial problems. He didn’t mind marrying for convenience and a large fortune when affection was within reach. Yet when he gains a title, an estate, and a fortune of his own the secretive writer releases him from their engagement so he might marry for love. Now he’s returned, unwed and unaware of changes in her life, should he do what is expected or listen to his heart instead?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Difficult situations required desperate measures. Imogen George–writer, spinster and pragmatist–steeled her heart to be as brutal as any heroine before her had ever been. “Have you sulked enough Mr. Watson?”

The man sitting on the dark Brighton shoreline surged to his feet and then faced her. “Hell’s bells, what are you doing here?”

Imogen clenched her hands together to hide their trembling. Standing on the dark beach, waves crashing around them, made her meeting with her best friend’s brother potentially romantic though she doubted it would be. “I have a proposition for you, Mr. Watson. Do sit down.”

She limped forward, annoyed that her clumsiness at dinner earlier in the evening at his house had robbed her of her dignity. It was not every day she pursued a man for conversation, even when he was her best friends elder brother. She was taking quite a risk being here but it was within her power to improve their lot. Peter Watson may lack the good sense to detect and seize his only chance for security, but Imogen would not. She had a plan for her life and Mr. Peter Watson would suit her needs perfectly.

When she found the place she meant to sit, Mr. Watson remembered his manners and gallantly swept his coat from his shoulders and spread it on the ground so she might rest upon it. She was pleased to see that even while desperate, he did retain some good qualities. Her hopes for a smooth resolution soared.

“Where is your chaperone, Miss George?” Mr. Watson asked suddenly, squinting into the darkness toward the township where their respective homes lay.

With her eyesight as poor as it was, Imogen couldn’t say for certain in which direction her reluctant chaperone, her brother Walter, stood, so she waved her hand airily in the direction she’d left him, hoping her companion would not notice or point out if she were utterly wrong. “Walter is over there. Never mind about him for the present. Do sit down so I may avoid suffering a pained neck from looking up at you.”

As Mr. Watson sank to the ground nearby, a weary sigh left his lips. “I am sorry I tumbled you over earlier tonight, Miss George. You have no idea how sorry.”

“I did say at the time not to concern yourself unduly.” In truth, Imogen was often clumsy outside her home. The objects of her surroundings were less likely to jump out and trip her up if she stayed in familiar territory. Friends frequently moved their furniture and if she could see with any degree of certainty, she would never have stood in Peter’s way to have been in danger. As it was, the world was a trifle fuzzy at times—tonight being one of those. “The collision was as much my fault as yours.”

How did Mr. Watson take her presence she couldn’t tell, but she was determined to press on regardless. There was no point beating about the bush when she judged speed was worth being somewhat more forward. She had a solution to offer Mr. Watson that would meet his immediate need and her future requirements. “Marry me.”

Her mouth grew dry and she swallowed, preparing for his response.

At her side, Mr. Watson furiously rubbed his ear. When he lowered his hand and did not turn his head in her direction, she repeated her proposal in a louder voice. “I asked you to marry me, Mr. Watson. What do you have to say about that?”

“That’s what I thought I heard,” he muttered. “I don’t need pity.”

Imogen heaved a heavy sigh. It had been too much to hope that he would leap on her proposal and agree immediately. A long discussion was undoubtedly necessary to secure his agreement. “I know. And I’m not offering you a bit of it. You need money. Immediately, or you will lose your home and perhaps be forced to debtor’s prison. Your sister’s heart is in danger of breaking if such a calamity should come to pass. I can help get you out of your predicament with little effort on your part and none at all on mine. It is a perfect arrangement.”

He dug a hole in the sand between them with his fingers. “Surely there is someone you fancy to marry rather than me?”

About the Author:1_7 MEDIA KIT Author ImageBestselling historical author Heather Boyd believes every character she creates deserves their own happily-ever-after, no matter how much trouble she puts them through. With that goal in mind, she weaves sizzling English set love stories that push the boundaries of regency era propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning. Brimming with new ideas, she frequently wishes she could type as fast as she conjures new storylines. While writing full time north of Sydney, Australia, Heather collects dust bunnies in all corners of the house and does her best to wrangle her testosterone-fuelled family into submission.

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Engaging the Enemy by Heather Boyd

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Engaging the Enemy by Heather Boyd
The Wild Randalls Book 1
Publisher: LLD Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (259 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Sibling rivalry has never been so dangerous.

Every great family has a few secrets best left unspoken. The wild Randalls of Hampshire excel at them.

A duchess should be regal, aloof and the image of calm elegance. But those words have never applied to Mercy, Duchess of Romsey. A widow and mother of a young duke, Mercy is lonely and floundering to keep the estate afloat. When she discovers the existence of Leopold Randall, her husband’s estranged cousin, Mercy commits to help him locate his missing siblings if he’ll return the estate to order. Although cautioned against trusting a man who would inherit everything should her son die, she impetuously hands over the estate to Leopold’s care in the hope of keeping him near.

Leopold Randall, heir to the young duke, has returned to Hampshire to demand information regarding the fate of his missing siblings. Unfortunately, the Duchess of Romsey is clueless about them, yet her struggle to maintain the estate tugs at Leopold’s sense of duty. At her insistence, he steps in to bring order to chaos while searching for hints to his family’s whereabouts amongst the old duke’s papers. Yet the duchess tempts him in ways best unspoken. He fights to hide his weakness for her and a shameful past that could see him banished again. But when Leopold discovers a threat against the duchess and young duke’s life, he must join forces with the temptress to protect his last known relative.

Blackmail, intrigue, secrets and forbidden love are at the core of this book.

When the old Duke of Romsey and his son die, they leave a four year old boy as the Duke. His heir is a cousin, Leopold Randall who has been in exile in India for many years. Kept away from Romsey Abbey by blackmail threats, Leopold is now free to return to England to discover the whereabouts of his two brothers and sister. What he hadn’t counted on was the young Duke’s attractive and impulsive mother.

At first this book appeared to be like most historical romances. Man and woman fall in love, but circumstances keep them apart. This was not the case this time. The Duke and his mother are in danger, and before the hero discovers this, he agrees to put the estate back in order in return for the Duchess allowing him to search for clues of his lost siblings. The couple’s main attraction for each other brings them into many breathtaking situations.

I like the way the author wove the intrigue with the romance, bringing together the characters in an intertwining dance as each strand of mystery untangled. As in most regency style romances, keeping the lady’s reputation unstained is paramount, although in this case the heroine’s sour faced sister seems more than able to ensure nothing will happen. It’s well worth reading to the end as the author has a surprise in store in the last few chapters. No I’m not going to reveal what it is. Read the book and find out. Lovely book, gripping read and “wow” ending.

One Wicked Night by Heather Boyd

One Wicked Night by Heather Boyd
Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (29 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Benedict Abernathy, an untitled and wealthy gentleman visiting London, is heartily sick of his celibate existence. Determined to leave his shattered heart behind and move on with his life, he accepts an invitation for a night of debauchery in the arms of London’s infamous courtesan, Lottie Townsend.

. . . . she will indulge his every desire.

Lady Charlotte Goodchild has fallen far from privilege and longs for one night of pleasure with the man she loves. But Benedict must be spared the truth of her ruin at all costs. Posing as Lottie Townsend, a notoriously discriminating courtesan and old friend, she disguises her identity and invites Benedict to share the night of passion that fate denied them.

Benedict Abernathy is tired of being celibate and eagerly accepts an invitation for a night of pleasure with one of London’s infamous courtesans, Lottie Townsend. However, it’s not Lottie who attends to his needs, but her friend Lady Charlotte Goodchild who wants to give him the night of passion that fate denied them.

The author does a great job describing Lottie’s house and its lavish furnishings. It’s one of the pleasures of reading a Regency romance, and Ms. Boyd didn’t disappoint. I hadn’t realized this story was just 29 pages and my concern was how the author would handle this storyline in such a short time. She does so by drawing us right into the story and introducing the two characters in a vivid enough way we feel we’ve been reading about them for at least a couple of chapters.

By its plot description you know this is going to be a hot, sexy read – so the scene leading up to the first time they make love is very nicely drawn out. For me what added to the tension was knowing it’s Charlotte and not Lottie and that these two people have a history. The dialogue is very natural sounding, especially for the period. They’re likable characters, and secondary ones are used well in such a short story. Ms. Boyd packs lots of plot into these 29 pages. If you like a short, sexy Regency romp, or you’re looking for a story that you can read in less than 30 minutes, I recommend this one.