Thursday, March 24, 2022

Historical Romance Bracket Challenge: Round of 64 Day Seven

We've almost made it through the Round of 64! We've got four new matches tonight and four tomorrow. After that, we'll take a day off before diving in to the Round of 32! Today, we're also gonna find out the results of our first overtime match!

Current Standings:
For our overtime match from Day Four, My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes was able to pull out a win over Wilde Child by Eloisa James. In Group 6, Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen beat To Resist a Scandalous Rogue by Liana De La Rosa. A fun fact I learned: Kelly Bowen actually wrote the cover blurb for To Resist a Scandalous Rogue! Nothing like putting friends up against each other. Cat Sebastian fans SHOWED UP! Group 14 had the most votes by a landslide, and Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian triumphed over The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell. For Group 22, Some Like It Scandalous by Maya Rodale beat One Night With an Earl by Tina Gabrielle. Lastly, in Group 30 A Taste of Honey by Rose Lerner beat The Bluestocking by Christi Caldwell.

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

Today's Books:
Group 7 - West End Earl by Bethany Bennett vs The Sinful Scot by Maddison Michaels (March 24th, 8pm)
Group 15 - Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins vs Dare to Be a Duchess by Sapna Bhog (March 24th, 8pm)
Group 23 - Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt vs The Wrong Marquess by Vivienne Lorret (March 24th, 8pm)
Group 31 - The Butterfly Bride by Vanessa Riley vs Scot Under the Covers by Suzanne Enoch (March 24th, 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.

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Title: The Sinful Scot
Author: Maddison Michaels
Publisher: Entangled
Release: January 27, 2020
Series: Saints & Scoundrels #3
Pages: 400
My Review: 5 Stars


Constance Campbell, the Duchess of Kilmaine, once believed that all she needed in life was a duke. But everything unraveled when she realized her perfect husband was a perfect monster. Now broken beyond repair, she hides her misery behind a perfect Society mask...even from her childhood friend, Alec.

Dr. Alec McGuiness reluctantly finds himself back in Scotland, and checking up on the only woman to ever get under his skin, Connie. After she spurned him many years ago, he knows his humble life as a doctor could never be enough for her. But when the Duke of Kilmaine is murdered in cold blood, with Connie sleeping right next to him in bed, Alec knows he must protect Connie at all costs from those who would frame her for the duke’s murder.

Now on the run, Connie feels a freedom she only ever dreamed about before, and an unexpected attraction to the man who is keeping her safe. But even if they can win her freedom and clear her name, could she ever open her heart up to someone again?

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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?

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Title: Dare to Be a Duchess
Author: Sapna Bhog
Publisher: Entangled
Release: February 8, 2021
Series: The Elusive Lords #1
Pages: 312


He's a powerful duke. She's his uncle's ward. They have forever been at war, until one night, one masquerade, and one kiss...

Lara Ramsay is no stranger to scandal. As the orphaned daughter of a British colonel and his beloved Indian wife, whispers follow her everywhere. Not even the protection of the formidable Duke of Wolverton, a man she can't stand, keeps the gossips at bay.

The audacious Lara has driven Tristan Wentworth, The Duke of Wolverton, to distraction since the day his uncle took her in—and he's quite certain doing so is her favorite pastime. After catching her and his younger sister at a salacious masquerade, he's had enough scandal and issues a marriage ultimatum: find a husband within six months, or one will be chosen for her.

Unfortunately, no one in the ton appeals to her. Except, perhaps, the duke himself. The battle of wills has only just begun, and when Lara kisses him, their fate is sealed. 

Sometimes even the most proper duke needs to break the rules to win the heart of the woman he loves...

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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.

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Title: The Wrong Marquess
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Publisher: Avon
Release: June 29, 2021
Series: The Mating Habits of Scoundrels #3
Pages: 385
My Review: 5 Stars


USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret continues the Mating Habits of Scoundrels series with a debutante who believes she is destined to marry the lord next door until a fateful encounter with a rogue makes her wonder... if she might be falling for the wrong marquess!

The wrong place...

Elodie Parrish can feel spinsterhood breathing down her neck. That’s the trouble with waiting for the marquess next door her entire life. But Ellie knows if she gives him one last Season, he’ll finally propose. The only problem is, her path keeps crossing with the arrogant Lord Hullworth, who is convinced she has designs on him.

The wrong time... 

Brandon, Marquess of Hullworth, never wanted to be “London’s Most Elusive Bachelor,” or have a horde of hopeful debutantes and their scheming mamas follow him around. His past has left him too jaded to consider marrying any of them. At least, that’s what he thinks... until he meets Ellie. She’s quirky, opinionated, blushes easily, and drives him absolutely wild. The only problem is, she believes she’s in love with someone else.

Ellie never imagined that one sultry summer could change everything. But the more time she spends with Brandon researching her book on the mating habits of scoundrels, the more she wonders if she might be falling for…

The Wrong Marquess

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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: Scot Under the Covers
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release: January 28, 2020
Series: Wild Wicked Highlanders #2
Pages: 347
My Review: 5 Stars


When a resourceful English lady and a hot-blooded Highlander join forces to trick a scoundrel, every rule will be broken! 

Miranda Harris is known for her charm, wit, and ability to solve any problem she encounters. But when her brother lands neck-deep in gambling debt to a crafty villain and Miranda is subsequently blackmailed into marrying him, she must enlist the help of the devil himself to save the family honor―and herself.

Devilishly handsome Highlander Aden MacTaggert knows next to nothing about the ways of the ton, but he most certainly knows his way around gaming halls and womens’ hearts. Still, Aden is not sure how he’ll manage to find a Sassenach bride in time to save his family’s inheritance. When his almost sister-in-law Miranda comes to him for assistance, he proposes a partnership: She will help him navigate London society and he’ll teach her everything about wagering…and winning back her freedom. The beautiful, clever lass intrigues Aden―but is she playing her own game, or are the sparks between them real? He is accustomed to risking his pocket. But betting on Miranda’s love is a game he can’t afford to lose. . .

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