A Most Noble Heir: a book review

Most Noble Heir Description:  

When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.

Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope–believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father’s demanding expectations.

At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

My Review

The plot of Most Noble Heir is solid and very character driven, with a lot of very distinct and interesting personalities. I really felt for Nolan, poor guy got way more of a mess than he bargained for. His Mother dropped quite the bombshell at her passing.

That part was probably the hardest part of the story for me to swallow. Everyone seemed to think that she was the sweetest and most caring lady, and we know she never told the Earl about his son for good reason. Yet at her death, she not only tells Nolan the truth, but also the Earl. By doing so she effectively ripped the rug out from under her son, knowing full well that if the Earl accepted him he would never be allowed to have the girl he loved or the life he had hoped for. Why would she do that?

It would have been more in line with how she was described if she had only told Nolan the truth and allowed him to do what he felt was right with that info, whether that meant accepting it or burying it. There was no need to tell the Earl and effectively come near to destroying her son’s life.

Nolan, though a bit hot tempered and impulsive at times, had his heart in the right place, and he truly did care for his wife. He showed an incredible amount of restraint when dealing with his father. I kept waiting for the moment when he would finally lose it and punch the man out. I was almost disappointed when he didn’t. That man seriously deserved it! What a jerk.

Hannah, I never grew very fond of. Her self esteem and abandonment issues were understandable, but she gave up so easily and brushed aside so many of her husband’s attempts to mend the rift that she got to be slightly frustrating. Thank goodness for the Duchess Iris.
The Duchess was a corker, brushing aside social convention at most every opportunity and happily dosing everyone in the vicinity with the wisdom and advice they so desperately needed, even if they didn’t want it. She gave our main couple much of the advice that many of us readers have been wishing we could scream at,  I mean, tell many of the characters we read about in romance novels. Without that lady, chances are the happy ending wouldn’t have happened.

Most Noble Heir has been my first foray into Susan Anne Mason’s writing, and if this is an example of her usual fare, I think I will be coming back to try again.

*** I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: Four and a half Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: clean. One villain does attempt to attack a female character.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: Moderate usage of alcohol. Once character does become slightly drunk.
Blood/violence: mild violence. a shooting and some fistfights. no blood

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Dagger’s Sleep Cover Reveal!

Dagger's Sleep Cover Reveal

Good morning, y’all! It is my great pleasure to be part of the cover reveal for Tricia Mingerink’s newest novel: Dagger’s Sleep! I an a tremendous fan of Mingerink’s previous series. The Blades of Acktar is easily one of my favorite series, with a powerful plot, beautifully real and complex characters, and a unique story world. If you haven’t read that series yet – get it! You won’t regret doing so.

Although I do dearly wish to see more of the Blades series, I am quite eager to get my hands on this new tale. Anyone who knows me is aware of my addiction to fairytales, and I’m sure anything written by Mingerink is bound to be awesome.

And now, to the cover….

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About the book: 

A prince cursed to sleep.

A princess destined to wake him.

A kingdom determined to stop them.

High Prince Alexander has been cursed to a sleep like unto death, a curse that will end the line of the high kings and send the Seven Kingdoms of Tallahatchia into chaos. With his manservant to carry his luggage and his own superior intelligence to aid him, Alex sets off to find one of the Fae and end his curse one way or another.

A hundred years later, Princess Rosanna learns she is the princess destined by the Highest King to wake the legendary sleeping prince. With the help of the mysterious Daemyn Rand, can she find the courage to finish the quest as Tallahatchia wavers on the edge of war?

One curse connects them. A hundred years separate them. From the rushing rivers of Tallahatchia’s mountains to the hall of the Highest king himself, their quests will demand greater sacrifice than either of them could imagine.

Release Date: May 28, 2018

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Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on FacebookPinterestGoodreadsTwitterInstagram, and her blog.

To make things even more exciting, Tricia Mingerink is going to be co-hosting a blog tour from May 22 to 28 with Sarah Addison-Fox to celebrate the release of both of their latest books. Her next book Dissociate releases May 22. More details about blog tour will be coming in April.

Keturah: a book review

KeturahDescription: 

In 1773 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father’s estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined–and that’s just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world.

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

Set on keeping her family together and saving her father’s plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

My Review: 

Keturah started off really slowly for me. It was difficult to get into at first, but once we reached the Island, I found it difficult to set down.

The setting – the island of Nevis – Is beautiful and lush, described so well that I would almost like to go there myself to see it. Yet there is also a very dark undercurrent to this idyllic land. Diseases, storms, mudslides and that is only the trouble the island causes! Humanity holds many more, with plantation owners who are so stuck in the old ways and belief in a woman’s ‘proper place’ that they hold no shame in sabotage.

Keturah and her sisters do little they way they are expected to. Desperate times, desperate measures. They throw convention to the curb and do what they think is right.

Slavery is strongly shown throughout the book. The main characters all owned slaves, as was common for rich landowners of the times. Keturah, Gray, and her sisters always treated them with respect and care, yet it was still sad to read about. Particularly the foulness of the slave auctions our characters had to witness.

Keturah and Gray’s romance was sweet but felt a touch…abrupt for me. One minute they’re clashing and she’s barely willing to let him help, then within a day or two she’s confessing love?
It might have been hard to fully understand her fears, as we only saw the barest minimum of what she went through with her first husband, but the abrupt turnaround was hard to fully swallow. With the depth of her trust issues, it just seemed to fast.
Nor did they ever work over some of the matters of conflict such as how Gray used to ignore her to flirt with all the other girls in the room – something that caused Keturah no small amount of frustration and insecurity.

In all, Keturah is an enjoyable and exotic read that is perfect for any of us who would rather imagine ourselves on a tropical paradise than think about the snow that some of us are still getting outside.

*** I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a positive review.***

My Rating: Four Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean with little more than a few kisses. One female character was attacked by some men, but was rescued before anything could happen. Mild innuendo.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: There was use of alcohol, as was common for the times, and one person was mildly drunk.
Blood/violence: Almost no blood is shown. Very little in the way of fighting. Some fists were used and guns and knives were used as threats. Two beatings. Abuse is mentioned.
Other: This novel was written in a time in history where women were not always treated well and slavery was a common thing. We get to see an honest look at the horrible conditions that slaves were subject to in those days. It was written tastefully, but will still leave an impact.

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Fierian: a book review

 Description:

Abiassa’s people fall. Her Fierian dwindles. Her Deliverers wait as Poired Dyrth marches unchecked through the Nine Kingdoms. He’s taken the Embers of countless Accelerants. He’s taken Zaethien and Hetaera, the mightiest cities of the Nine. He’s taken the blood of the royal family. Now Dyrth is after Haegan’s power–the Fierian’s power. And after that, he wants the world.

He will not take it unopposed. Battered and outnumbered, the remnant of the Nine forge new alliances, make friends of enemies, and prepare to stand against the last great press of evil. In faith, they wait. The Fierian will come.

War raging without and within, Abiassa’s people face their greatest need. But before the Fierian can fulfill his destiny, he has to defeat the enemy in his own mind.

My Review:

Fierian, a book I have eagerly been waiting for: the final installment of one massively complex series – almost too complex. I had a lot of difficulty starting into this book. Mostly because I could hardly remember who anyone was. There are a lot of odd and sometimes similar names in this book. There was a glossary, but it didn’t always give me enough information to remember what had happened involving those characters. I highly recommend that if you want to read Fierian, go back and read the last two books first. It will save you some confusion. But on the bright side, there was almost nothing of the unintelligible ancient language in this book.

Once I finally got my bearings, the story was a great read. Ronie never fails to deliver on the action or the character development. Nonstop from start to finish. It was a hard road for Haegan to get where he was. You rooted for him, but at the same time you just wanted to smack him upside the head. It was other characters, such as a certain warrior – and’Tili and his new romance – who really stepped up and began stealing the popularity rug out from under Haegan in this story.

The ending was a bit abrupt, and I really wish some things and been expounded upon, such as the final fate of one particular character who shall remain nameless. we can only assume said character is dead, which is disappointing, but who can say for certain?

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

My Rating: Four Flames

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Heat Advisory:

I’d rate this one PG-13 for a great deal of violence and a bit of blood. There are battles and heavy casualties throughout the book. and one incident in which a character was nearly raped.

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