Friday, March 25, 2022

Historical Romance Bracket Challenge: Round of 64 Day Eight

It's the final day of the Round of 64! After the last four matches tonight, we take a day off before diving in to the Round of 32. Since we're wrapping up here, you might want to look at the intro post for the upcoming dates and further info.

Current Standings:
In Group 7, West End Earl by Bethany Bennett triumphed over The Sinful Scot by Maddison Michaels. For Group 15, Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins handily beat Dare to Be a Duchess by Sapna Bhog. Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt won Group 23 over The Wrong Marquess by Vivienne Lorret. Lastly, in Group 31, The Butterfly Bride by Vanessa Riley beat Scot Under the Covers by Suzanne Enoch.

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

Today's Books:
Group 8 - Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean vs Blame It On the Duke by Lenora Bell (March 25th, 8pm)
Group 16 - Betting on a Duke's Heart by Royaline Sing vs The Perks of Loving a Wallflower by Erica Ridley (March 25th, 8pm)
Group 24 - Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas vs An Extraordinary Lord by Anna Harrington (March 25th, 8pm)
Group 32 - The Highlander Who Protected Me by Vanessa Kelly vs A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare (March 25th, 8pm)

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: Blame It on the Duke
Author: Lenora Bell
Publisher: Avon
Release: April 18, 2017
Series: The Disgraceful Dukes #3
Pages: 371
My Review: 5 Stars


Have you heard? 
The future Duke of Barrington has just been gambled away by his father. To an heiress!
The delicious details thus far... 

Nicolas, Lord Hatherly, never intended to marry—nor add to the “mad” Hatherly line—but now he must honor his father’s debt to a social-climbing merchant or lose the family estate. 

A notoriously wild marquess, won by her father at a game of cards, is the very last thing Miss Alice Tombs wants. She’s spent the last three seasons repelling suitors in spectacular fashion so she’d be at liberty to explore the world. She’ll just have to drive this one away as well.

Until Nick proposes an utterly tempting arrangement: one summer together to prove the legitimacy of their union, then Alice is free to travel while Nick revels in the time he has left before the Hatherly Madness takes hold.

It will be easy to walk away after a few months of make-believe wedded bliss—won’t it? Alice and Nick are about to find sultry night at a time.

This ought to be fun . . .

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Title: Betting on a Duke's Heart
Author: Royaline Sing
Publisher: Entangled
Release: April 19, 2021
Pages: 424


Aetius White, the Duke of Saxton, couldn't save his father, but he'll be damned sure to save his father’s dream. He'll acquire a Triple Crown-winning horse at any cost, even marriage.

Miss Dina Campbell wants a soulmate, and hell will freeze over before she'd marry a horse-mad man who loves horses more than a woman. However, with her father aging quickly and her Indian heritage drawing interest in town, she may not get the say in her future that she’d hoped. Those prize horses belonging to her father are drawing attention from suitors, and time may be over for her to find a love match.

When the two are contracted for an arranged marriage, sparks fly. Only way to settle? A game of challenges where winner gets it all. If only their fiery wills stop clashing and sizzling kisses don't get in the way.

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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: 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: An Extraordinary Lord
Author: Anna Harrington
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release: June 29, 2021
Series: Lords of the Armory #3
Pages: 312
My Review: 5 Stars


A steamy historical romance set in Anna Harrington's star-studded Regency world.

Soldier turned solicitor Lord Merritt Rivers has dedicated his life to upholding the law. He patrols the streets faithfully, hoping to stop crimes before they can happen. While hunting an escaped convict, he encounters a woman also hunting thieves. She's a delicious distraction, until he discovers that she is the criminal he's after. She's smart, challenging, and everything he finds attractive, but he cannot trust her.

Veronica Chase has hidden her past as a nobleman's daughter. She confesses to a crime to keep her adopted brother out of prison. She now lives in London's underworld, trapped between worlds, belonging nowhere.

Forming an uneasy alliance, Veronica and Merritt work together to protect innocent Londoners during the city's riots. Moving between her world and his, they grow closer to each other and to the mob's dangerous leaders. But their newfound trust won't be enough, until each face their demons and ask what's worth saving―the lives they've chosen to lead or the love that leaves them yearning for more.

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Title: The Highlander Who Protected Me
Author: Vanessa Kelly
Publisher: Zebra
Release: October 30, 2018
Series: Clan Kendrick #1
Pages: 423
My Review: 5 Stars


Bestselling author Vanessa Kelly returns with an enthralling new series about the men of the Kendrick clan—and the women who claim their hearts . . .

Lady Ainsley Matthews, heiress and darling of the ton, was expected to make a magnificent match. Instead she’s hiding on a remote Scottish estate, terrified that her vicious former fiancé will use her pregnancy to force her into marriage. One man can help her—Royal Kendrick, son of a distinguished Highland clan. Though a mistake drove them apart long ago, Royal is the only person Ainsley trusts to protect her baby—even if that means agreeing to never see either of them again . . .

Scarred in body and soul by war, Royal suddenly has a purpose—caring for an innocent babe and thereby helping the woman he can’t stop loving. But when Ainsley ultimately returns to Scotland, determined to be a real mother to her child in spite of the risk, there’s only one solution: marriage. And only one likely outcome: surrendering to the desire that’s simmered between them for so long, no matter how dangerous it may be . . .

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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.

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