Friday, 15 December 2017

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: THE LORD MEETS HIS LADY by GINA CONKLE


Can the scoundrel second son, Lord Marcus Bowles, and Genevieve Turner, a woman of ill-repute, find happiness? Or will his roguish ways and her dark past forever tear them apart? Fans of Tessa Dare’s Twice Tempted by a Rogue will love this sensual read releasing December 2017 from Sourcebooks Casablanca.



The Lord Meets his Lady
Midnight Meetings #3
By Gina Conkle
Releasing December 5th, 2017
Sourcebooks Casablanca



In The Lord Meets his Lady (Midnight Meetings #3) by Gina Conkle, Lord Marcus Bowles needs to stay out of trouble, if he's ever to get in the good graces of his family again. However, when he rescues Genevieve Turner and then becomes her employer, he finds there's nothing he won't do for her. Will Marcus and Genevieve find happiness together, or will the heroine's past catch up with her and threaten their chance at happy ever after?

This is the first book of this series I've read, but it's a story that was totally engaging from the very start and had me even more hooked from the moment the hero and heroine met, as the hero likes Genevieve and is determined to help her. Will the heroine accept the hero's help? What will Marcus have to do to prove to Genevieve that he's a good guy she can trust? 

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and the trouble the heroine faces because of her past. Will Marcus be able to help Genevieve get free of her past? Why is the heroine so important to the man that wants her so desperately? However, the dialogue wasn't all intense. Really, there were some exceptional light-hearted moments between the hero and heroine that had me loving how charming the hero could be. 

Both the main characters made this story fun with their banter, and the heroine's back story definitely made this story exciting. Would the heroine be forced to return to her old life? Would she make a decision that took her away from the hero and their happiness together in order to keep him safe? The answers to these questions certainly had me reading quickly, determined to discover what the heroine would go through because of her past; a past that has made her the strong, independent woman she is that would do anything to be free including allowing the hero to help her in order to protect her. Will their plan work? While the hero, I liked that he didn't allow his family to rule his life when it came to relationships and love and that he fought for his future with the heroine, especially after what they go through. I also liked how charming the hero could be and how protective he was of Genevieve, which is proven by everything he does for her. 

Overall, Ms. Conkle has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance wonderful and showed how good these two are together; and the ending had me a little worried by the gamble the hero took, but had me loving what the hero does to win back the heroine because it felt a little familiar to when they first met, although this time around Genevieve didn't need rescuing. I would recommend The Lord Meets his Lady by Gina Conkle, if you enjoy the sexy protector trope, the marriage of convenience trope, the fake relationship trope, or books by authors Maya Rodale, Christi Caldwell, Vanessa Kelly and Darcy Burke. 





Lord Marcus Bowles has stained his family's reputation for the last time. Only after spending a scandal-free year restoring some far-flung property can this second son return in good graces. But Marcus isn't one to abandon a lone damsel on a dark country lane.

One stolen kiss and Genevieve Turner's handsome midnight savior disappears. Typical. No matter, Gen is finally on the way to her new post, and hopefully to finding her grandmother as well. Instead she finds her mischievous hero is her new employer. Surely a few more kisses won't hurt...

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Midnight Meetings Series:
Meet the Earl at Midnight (Book 1)
The Lady Meets Her Match (Book 2)
The Lord Meets His Lady (Book 3)


“Have you kissed her yet?” Samuel asked.

Marcus and Samuel rode along the pasture’s perimeter with an eye to the cottage. Miss Turner’s vibrant red cloak stood out against mellow sandstone. Shovel in hand, she jabbed the earth with determined thrusts. The weeds didn’t stand a chance.

“I assume we’re speaking of my housekeeper.” Marcus halted Khan. “A hardworking, respectable woman of excellent character. She’s done a fine job with Pallinsburn. I wouldn’t besmirch her honor with talk like that nor should you.”

Samuel rode on, his shoulders bouncing with laughter. “And every night she ascends to heaven on angel’s wings.”

If his friend saw right through him, how soon before others did?

“Came on strong, did I?”

Samuel pinched a small space between his thumb and forefinger. “A little.”

He urged his horse forward. “I don’t want her reputation damaged.”

“Should’ve thought about that before making her your housekeeper. People will talk.”

Marcus searched Miss Turner out again, a gust boxing his ears like some admonishing aunt.

Was it so wrong to want to help a woman in need?

His housekeeper cleared the last weedy invaders off his front step. Her serious exterior belied deep-seated passion, evidenced in the way she dove into every task. The enthusiasm fascinated him.

And yes, he admired her other parts.

“What will people talk about? Her youth?” he retorted.  “Does a woman have to be long in the tooth to hold a decent position?”

“No, but it’d help if you were toothless. Or married.” Samuel stared ahead, the wind assaulting his queue. “We don’t set the rules, but we both know them.”

“You hired her, and you’re not a married man.”

Samuel’s gaze pinned him. “Nor do I have your unsavory reputation.”

“I’d wager my housekeeper has more honor, more determination in her little finger than any woman of my acquaintance,” he said fiercely. “Who I am should have no bearing on her.”

“Me thinks you doth protest too much…or whatever that drivel is. A clear sign you have it bad for her, but haven’t touched her. Yet.”

Why did Samuel hunt for sordid details? Likely he’d seen through Miss Turner with her low-cut bodices and saucy skirts. Didn’t matter. She worked hard. He didn’t care if she fit the proper housekeeper stamp or not.

He ought to buy a dull grey gown for her, if only to aid her reputation. Smiling against his collar, he guessed she wouldn’t wear it. Nor should she have to. One look at his red-cloaked gardener and he was certain of one thing: he’d do his anything to keep his friend, or any man, on the straight and narrow when it came to Miss Turner. She deserved a fresh start.

His housekeeper had nabbed a piece of his heart.

But the afternoon ride wasn’t meant to discuss his housekeeper’s allure. Samuel pulled his hat low, failing to look him in the eye.

“Quoting Shakespeare,” Marcus said. “You must be reading with Adam again.”



Other Books of the Midnight Meeting Series


It's going to take a Beast to tame this Beauty


Enigma Earl. The Phantom of London. That's what the gossip pages call Lord Edward Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn't show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, no wonder Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.

While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she's decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn't interested in marriage. She'd prefer to remain unmarried and spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she'll have to set aside her fear of the earl and discover the man hiding behind the beast.

Will Edward and Lydia's greatest discovery be each other before time runs out?


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Locating Her Is Only Half The Battle...

Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight, and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all...

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A Saved Scoundrel…

Jonas Bacon Braithwaite wants to make peace with his grandfather before departing England. Once Nottinghamshire’s favorite trouble-maker, he’s since become an upstanding man of honor. But, the lushly curved thief hiding in his bedchamber makes him think twice about one last conquest.

A Stubborn Siren…

Livvy Halsey bristles at life’s rules. Always has. Sneaking into the Braithwaite house to reclaim a treasured family heirloom is one way she upends the conventional life that awaits her. Duty demands she marry. But what harm is there in having a little fun with her childhood friend before the Twelfth Night ends?

And Twilight Temptation…

Stolen kisses fan hot flames. Surprising passion intertwines with friendship…but will it be enough to last forever?

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Gina Conkle writes lush Viking romance and sensual Georgian romance. Her books always offer a fresh, addictive spin on the genre with the witty banter and sexual tension that readers crave. She grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, Gina loves books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now she lives in Michigan with her favorite alpha male, Brian, and their two sons where she’s known to occasionally garden and cook.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: BACK HOME AT FIREFLY LAKE by JEN GILROY


In Jen Gilroy’s Back Home at Firefly Lake, Cat McGuire and Luc Simard find love and second chances in a heartwarming small-town romance that fans of Women’s Fiction and Susan Wiggs’ The Lakeshore Chronicles will love!


Back Home at Firefly Lake
Firefly Lake #3
By Jen Gilroy
Releasing December 5th, 2017
Forever




In Back Home at Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #3) by Jen Gilroy, after losing his wife and his career, Luc Simard has returned to Firefly Lake to pick up the pieces of his life and hopefully begin to heal. Determined to give back to the community, he's coaching the local kids' hockey team, which is something that brings him joy, but he never imagined he'd find love again. However, spending time with Cat McGuire and her daughter is bringing happiness back into his life. Will he be able to convince Cat to give him a chance, or will they lose their shot at happy ever after because they're both afraid?

The first two books of this series are extremely enjoyable reads, but this book is the most captivating of Ms. Gilroy's Firefly Lake series yet. Really, it had absolutely riveting main characters that find love when they least expect it; compelling dialogue that had me loving the growing relationship between the hero and heroine as well as the interactions between the main and secondary characters; and a fast-paced plot that kept me entertained from start to finish due to everything this couple go through to be together including needing to keep the heroine's daughter happy, so the young girl knows she's loved and not being pushed aside because her mom may be ready to get back into the dating game.

The way this story started had me liking the heroine immediately, as she's a great mom that would do anything for her daughter, because moving her to Firefly Lake was necessary and she wants her daughter to be as happy as possible, which means registering her to play the sport she loves the most. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time that had me loving how this couple's relationship grows from friendship to love.

As for the heroine, she's a great single mom and I could understand why she fears getting involved with another man after what happened with her child's father that makes her wary to trust men, even though Luc is the most genuine person ever and wouldn't do anything to hurt her. I also liked how strong and brave she is by everything she's done to make a good life for her and daughter. Will she be able to make things even better for her daughter's future with all the effort she's going to with her job? Yet, what I liked most of all is the decisions the heroine makes for her daughter and herself when it comes to her job and doing what's right for her daughter, even if it means letting others handle her daughter when the young girl gets a little out of control. 

While the hero, he's held a ton of guilt since the death of his wife, which is totally understandable because he wasn't there for her when she needed him. Yet, I liked that he's determined to do what's right for Cat and her daughter, even if it means facing the town's gossip and not allowing it to interfere too much that it tears them apart. Will Luc be able to convince Cat that he likes that the townspeople know they're a couple? Yet, what I liked most of all was the hero's determination to help the heroine's daughter, because she's talented at the sport that the hero lived and was so successful at for years.

Overall, Ms. Gilroy has delivered another fantastic and worthwhile read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was heady and convincing; the romance shows how good these two are together and that they shouldn't let anything stand in their way of their happy ever after because the heroine needs Luc just as much as he needs her to finally move on from the hurts of their pasts; and the ending had me worried for this couple's happy ever after, but in the end, left me completely satisfied by the hero's determination to win back the heroine, even if it means using any means necessary to get her to listen to what he has to say. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, because no one is more deserving of happiness than these two, especially after the surprise the heroine had for the hero that could have broken their relationship for good. I would recommend Back Home at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy, if you enjoy small town romances, the friends to lovers trope, or books by authors Sarah Morgan, Jill Shalvis, Lori Wilde and Rachel Gibson.




She has a million reasons to leave. Can he give her the one she needs to stay?

Cat McGuire's return to Firefly Lake is turning into much more than she bargained for. Sure, she missed the crisp pine-scented air and the comfort of having her family around her. But being home makes her feel less like the successful single mom she is--and more like the awkward teen who never fit in. It doesn't help that hockey-pro Luc Simard is back in town, too. Luc was her childhood crush, the hometown hero who never noticed her, and yet somehow he still makes her heart skip a beat.

Luc's homecoming has been bittersweet. He's lost his wife and his career, but there's no better place to start over than Firefly Lake. Coaching the local kids' hockey team makes him feel alive again, and he thinks his life is complete--until Cat arrives. The shy girl he always wanted to protect is now the gorgeous woman who's stealing his heart and making him believe in second chances. But how can he convince Cat that Firefly Lake is where she truly belongs?

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Praise for Back Home at Firefly Lake:

“When these two broken souls come together, magic happens.” – Publishers Weekly


Back Home at Firefly Lake is a charming small-town, second-chance story. With well-written and relatable characters, readers both new and old to the series will enjoy it.” – Harlequin Junkie




Luc’s heart squeezed. Cat was embarrassed to ask her family for help, like he’d have been embarrassed asking his. Except, that would never be an issue because he had more money than he could spend in one lifetime. Money to finance the creamery expansion his dad had talked about for years, and to send his folks on that cruise they’d hankered after but could never afford because of the cost of raising four kids and putting most of them through college. Money for everything except what mattered most—taking care of his wife and their child like he’d planned.



“Pay for the hockey registration when your grant comes through.” He tried to smile. “I know you’re good for it.”


“Thanks.” Cat’s voice cracked and she took one hand away from her bag to rub it across her face. “Hockey means everything to Amy. I want her to be able to play, but she’s growing so fast right now.”

“Hockey’s an expensive sport.” He slid an arm around her shoulders and gave her a little squeeze. The same kind of friendly squeeze he’d given her all those times back in high school when she’d saved his butt in chemistry. Before today, however, his fingers had never tingled when he’d touched Cat. His body had never heated, either.

Cat started and pulled away at the same instant he did. “Hockey can be a dangerous sport too, and now Amy will be playing with boys. She hasn’t played with boys since she was seven. She could get hurt.

Like he had, hurt so bad it had ended his career. “Amy’s playing minor hockey. At her age, there is a rule about no body checking.” He tried to make his tone reassuring. “I promise I’ll keep a close eye on her.” It was his job as her coach, and he’d do the same for any kid. It had nothing to do with the strange and unexpected attraction he all of a sudden had for this woman he’d known his whole life, who he’d never really looked at until today.

A woman who wasn’t Maggie. Luc’s stomach clenched in a tangled lump of guilt and grief, tied tight with a slippery ribbon of disloyalty. Maggie was never coming back, but that didn’t mean Luc could forget her. Or that he wanted to.


Other Books in the Firefly Lake Series:



Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven … but some loves can never be forgotten.

Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. Yet now that she's back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother's cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she's been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean's touch on her skin…True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?

Sean Carmichael still doesn't know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he's still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?

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Praise for The Cottage at Firefly Lake:

“Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions…[the] protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.” – Publishers Weekly

“Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.” – RT Book Reviews



Sometimes love is better the second time around.

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband’s needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she’s building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire—and the one kiss they’ve shared—has turned everything upside down.

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn’t meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus, and after taking time out to help his mother, he’s ready to get back to the city…until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn’t take long to realize being “just friends” will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he’s always wanted…and the woman he can’t live without.

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Praise for SUMMER ON FIREFLY LAKE

“Has charm to spare… The delightful supporting cast and expertly plotted story add depth and richness to this tale, leaving readers eager for another visit to Firefly Lake.”—Publishers Weekly

“4 stars! Gilroy’s second Firefly Lake novel encapsulates the quaint, busybody small-town feel and the slippery slope of friends becoming lovers quite well… Engaging…[a] fast-paced page turner.”—RT Book Reviews





Jen Gilroy lives in a small town in eastern Ontario, Canada where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She's worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write romantic women’s fiction to bring readers' hearts home.

Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband is her real-life romance hero, and her teen daughter teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the first book in her Firefly Lake series, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017.

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