Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Historial Romance Bracket Challenge: Round of 32 Day Four

We've made it to the last day of the Round of 32! I hope this all has been as exciting for you as it has been for me! Like last round, we'll take a day off before starting the Sweet Sixteen. If I remember, I'll get a post up tomorrow with the schedule.

Current Standings:
In Group 3, The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham narrowly defeated Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen. For Group 7, Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian trounced The Rebel and the Rake by Emily Sullivan, even thought I accidentally tagged Tessa Dare instead of Cat. Some Like It Scandalous by Maya Rodale won Group 11 over Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman. And lastly, A Taste of Honey by Rose Lerner beat When a Duke Loves a Governess by Olivia Drake for Group 15.

Enemies to Lovers Alley
Only One Bed Lane
Marriage of Convenience Avenue
Aristocrat in Disguise Road

Today's Books:
Group 4 - West End Earl by Bethany Bennett vs Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean (March 30th, 8pm)
Group 8 - Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins vs The Perks of Loving a Wallflower by Erica Ridley (March 30th, 8pm)
Group 12 - Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt vs Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas (March 30th, 8pm)
Group 16 - The Butterfly Bride by Vanessa Riley vs A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare (March 30th, 8pm)

Title: West End Earl
Author: Bethany Bennett
Publisher: Forever
Release: June 29, 2021
Series: Misfits of Mayfair #2
Pages: 377
My Review: 5 Stars


While most young ladies attend balls and hunt for husbands, Ophelia Hardwick has spent the last ten years masquerading as a man. As the land steward for the Earl of Carlyle, she’s found safety from the uncle determined to kill her and freedoms a lady could only dream of. Ophelia’s situation would be perfect—if only she wasn’t hopelessly attracted to her employer.

Calvin, Earl of Carlyle, is determined to see his sister married this season. And he’ll do it with the help of his trusted right-hand man. But when he finds out his man is a woman, and that her life is in danger, his priorities change. Their attraction is passionate, all-consuming, and if they aren’t careful, it could turn downright deadly—for both of them.

You Can Find it At:
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Title: Wicked and the Wallflower
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Avon
Release: June 19, 2018
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards #1
Pages: 396
My Review: 5 Stars


When Wicked Comes Calling...

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She's seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won't accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain...

Bastard son of a duke and king of London's dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion...

But there's nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she'd rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil's carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he's ever wanted...and the only thing he's ever desired.

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Title: Wild Rain
Author: Beverly Jenkins
Publisher: Avon
Release: February 9, 2021
Series: Women Who Dare #2
Pages: 355


The second novel in USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins’ compelling new Women Who Dare series follows a female rancher in Wyoming after the Civil War.

A reporter has come to Wyoming to do a story on doctors for his Black newspaper back east. He thinks Colton Lee will be an interesting subject…until he meets Colton’s sister, Spring. She runs her own ranch, wears denim pants instead of dresses, and is the most fascinating woman he’s ever met.

But Spring, who has overcome a raucous and scandalous past, isn’t looking for, nor does she want, love. As their attraction grows, will their differences come between them or unite them for an everlasting love?

You Can Find it At:
Barnes & Noble
Google Play

Title: The Perks of Loving a Wallflower
Author: Erica Ridley
Publisher: Forever
Release: October 26, 2021
Series: The Wild Wynchesters #2
Pages: 346
My Review: 5 Stars


Fans of Bridgerton will love this Regency romp in which a proper Society miss recruits a very improper lady grifter in a quest for vengeance, only to find love instead.

As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. Anything to solve the case. Her latest assignment unveils a top-secret military cipher covering up an enigma that goes back centuries. But when Tommy’s beautiful new client turns out to be the highborn lady she’s secretly smitten with, more than her mission is at stake...

Bluestocking Miss Philippa York doesn’t believe in love. Her cold heart didn't pitter-patter when she was betrothed to a duke, nor did it break when he married someone else. All Philippa desires is to rescue her priceless manuscript and decode its clues to unmask a villain. She hates that she needs a man's help—so she’s delighted to discover the clever, charming baron at her side is in fact a woman. Her cold heart... did it just pitter-patter?

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Title: Thief of Shadows
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release: June 26, 2012
Series: Maiden Lane #4
Pages: 360
My Review: 5 Stars



Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles—protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.


Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet, when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society—flirtation, double-entendres, and scandalous liaisons—Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar—and his lips so tempting.


During the day, Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night, their passions are revealed... But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that, he might have to sacrifice everything—the Home, Isabel... and his life.

You Can Find it At:
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Title: Marrying Winterborne
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon
Release: May 31, 2016
Series: The Ravenels #2
Pages: 400
My Review: 5 Stars


A ruthless tycoon.

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty.

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss.

And it all begins with . . . marrying Mr. Winterborne

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Title: The Butterfly Bride
Author: Vanessa Riley
Publisher: Entangled
Release: September 28, 2018
Series: Advertisements for Love #3
Pages: 401


Frederica Burghley wants to be married by Yuletide. Or else her father will set her up with one of his friends. The bonbon-loving illegitimate daughter of the duke wants to choose her own husband. Advertising in the newspaper seems like the way to go. But a sinister response, with threats against her life, leads her to enlist the help of her very handsome, dear friend Jasper Fitzwilliam, Lord Hartwell.

A father and widower, Jasper is not only tasked with keeping Frederica safe but also with helping his vibrant friend choose a suitable husband. The more he tries to keep the ever-surprising woman alive and find her a good match, the more Jasper realizes he cares for her. The two friends risk their lives for each other, so they should be able to risk their feelings for a chance at a deep and true love together. But he's not looking for marriage and she's not looking for convenience.

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Title: A Week to Be Wicked
Author: Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Release: March 27, 2012
Series: Spindle Cove #2
Pages: 356
My Review: 5 Stars


When a devilish lord and a bluestocking set off on the road to ruin…
Time is not on their side.
Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland.
Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be… anywhere but Spindle Cove.

These unlikely partners have one week
to fake an elopement
to convince family and friends they’re in “love”
to outrun armed robbers
to survive their worst nightmares
to travel four hundred miles without killing each other
All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.

What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.

Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble.
And maybe…just maybe…love.

You Can Find it At:
Barnes & Noble
Chapters Indigo
The Book Depository
Apple Books

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