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A Tryst with Trouble by Alyssa Everett

“A Tryst with Trouble” is quite an entertaining tale. The characters were well-defined and stayed consistent throughout the book. The Marquess of Beningbrough (Ben) had always lived in the shadow of gossip because of his father’s homosexuality. He tried to counter the gossip by becoming the ultra male. He was also very protective of his nephew and wanted to save him from a potential arrest for murder because of Lady Barbary Jeffords’ sister. Barbara’s sister was the “pretty” one who got all of the suitors and was very selfish.

Barbara was also trying to protect her sister because she was totally embroiled in this murder up to her neck. Ben and Barbara decided to work together to figure out why and who murdered the footman before Ben’s nephew is accused of the crime. Barbara’s sister and Ben’s nephew was engaged but the sister was trying to implicate either the nephew or Ben. In solving this murder, Ben had to face his fears and accept help from his father and accept his way of life. This was a classic whodunit that kept me engrossed in the story and wondering how these characters would end. The story did not disappoint and I highly recommend it. This is the first book that I have read from this author and I look forward to reading more of her offerings.

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No One But You by Leigh Greenwood

I am an inveterate reader of Leigh Greenwood romantic westerns. Most of them are keepers for me. Our author has written another winner with likable characters including the ones in the “gray” area. I don’t mind reading some westerns when some of the bad guys can be redeemed.

Sarah Winborne has lost her husband in the War between the States and she is trying to run her ranch with few cowhands while taking care of a crippled son and a daughter who is trying very hard to help their mother. Sara contacts the Randolphs with an offer for an ambitious man who wants to eventually own his own land. The Randolphs recommends several men for her to interview. Sara did not have a happy marriage before her husband left to fight in the war and she really wanted her next husband to be someone that she couldn’t love. Although she was attracted to Benton Wheeler (Salty), she offered him the proposal against her better judgement.

Salty agreed to the proposal and immediately showed that he was the right man for the job. He not only showed that he could run the ranch but he became her protector and a wonderful father to her children. Of course in these time, no romance can go smoothly without ruffling a few feathers and having to face some unforseen events. But Sara and Rusty couldn’t stop themselves from letting their emotions enter into their relationship. They met their struggles head on and managed to save their ranch with the respect of their cowhands. Rusty also helped her children accept their limitations and grow with confidence.

This story was very heartwarming and showed the beauty of how everyone working together can overcome all obstacles. I give this book and Excellent rating.

 

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How to Seduce a Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling

 

Vicky Dreiling is a relative new author for me but she is definitely moving up my list of must-read writers. This is a story that went through several phases as we watched both the hero and heroine evolve throughout the book. Julianne Gatewick has known the Earl of Hawkfield (Hawk) all of her life since Hawk is one of her brother’s best friends. Julianne has been in love with Hawk forever and always dreamed that he would fall in love with her and propose marriage but Hawk treats her more like a younger sister.

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, Julianne’s brother has requested that Hawk act as her guardian during the Season. Hawk has taken the duty very seriously and is hindering Julianne from enjoying her suitors. Since Hawk isn’t coming up to scratch, Julianne has decided to give her suitors a chance to win her heart. Along the way, Hawk is starting to see her as a grown woman and his feelings along with jealousy of her suitors have grown. Hawk also has a secret that has kept him from fully offering his heart to a woman. Julianne and Hawk learn to accept each other and work through their issues.

I really enjoyed this book but I did have some problems with just how naïve Julianne was for her age and the amount of time it took for Hawk to get over his problems. I am giving this story a Good+ rating.

 

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