***Release Blitz Blog Tour*** Misadventures of a College Girl by Lauren Rowe

Misadventures of a College Girl

by Lauren Rowe

Releases 27th February

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***MISADVENTURES ARE STANDALONE ROMANCES THAT CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER***

Synopsis

Straitlaced freshman Zooey Cartwright has arrived at UCLA determined to have a heck of a lot more fun in college than she did in high school. What’s the first item on Zooey’s agenda before classes start in two days? Losing her pesky V card. She’s definitely not looking for a boyfriend, so where can Zooey find the right guy to do the deed and move along without a backward glance? 

At a party thrown by a bunch of football players, of course. Enter Tyler Caldwell. A beast on the field and off, cocky as heck, and often wearing T-shirts with sayings like “God’s Gift to Womankind,” Tyler is most definitely not boyfriend material. After a make-out session with Tyler leaves Zooey entirely unsatisfied, she is determined never to see him again. But her schedule lands her in not one but two of his classes, and it doesn’t take long before Tyler and Zooey have reached an arrangement for Tyler to teach Zooey exactly what she wants to know―and a whole lot more she never bargained for. Can Zooey surrender her body to this bad boy without giving him her heart, too?


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Meet the Author

Lauren Rowe is the pen name of the USA Today, Amazon #1, and international #1 best-selling author of The Club Series and more. She’s a performer, audio book narrator, award-winning songwriter and media host/personality who decided to unleash her alter ego to write The Club Series to ensure she didn’t hold back or self-censor in writing the story. Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California where she lives with her family, sings with her band, hosts a show, and writes at all hours of the night. 

Find out more about The Club Series and Lauren Rowe’s other books at www.LaurenRoweBooks.com.

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***Release Blitz Tour*** The Honor Series by Angel Payne

Release Blitz Blog Tour 

The Honor Bound Series 

Wet (book #5), Hot (book #6) and Masked (book #7)

by USA Today Bestselling author Angel Payne. 
 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 


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Synopsis:

Wet

T-Bomb, Tait Bommer’s call-sign, has never described him more accurately. A loose cannon with a penchant for pissing people off, he’s now responsible for a major screw-up during the First Special Forces Group’s most recent mission. His mess has earned him two weeks of mandated R&R on the shores of Kauai, where the ultimatum is clear—straighten up and fly right, or don’t return to active duty. But he’s such a train wreck that even his best friend, Kellan Rush, isn’t happy about having to pull babysitting duty.

When their “vacation” is interrupted by a stranger bearing nothing but a glare, a Bowie knife, and a lot of curves in a tiny bikini, they wonder if the trip hasn’t been hijacked by island spirits. Surely they’ve found a goddess in this dark-haired beauty who not only sees their emotional scars but opens their spirits by exposing her own soul.

“Therapy” takes on new meaning when illicit desires become explosive passion…and their goddess’s sweet submission. Neither man wants to leave the island paradise, a torment that’s intensified when an old adversary threatens to steal their goddess—and rip their friendship apart.
Will Tait and Kellan let jealousy triumph? Or will they unite as brothers at arms for the most important mission of their lives in the name of the greatest cause of all—saving the woman they love?

                                             Wet Review

5 star review by Kristie

A smokin’ hot, sexy, sensual, and suspense filled adventure sure to evoke gritty, raw emotions from every reader…
Wet is the fifth installment of the Honor Bound series from the incredible Angel Payne.  What happens when three people, all with their own issues, enemies, and demons to slay come together in a common goal?  You get absolute magic.  That is exactly what Ms. Payne delivers with Wet.  Tait, Kellan and Lani each need something…but don’t realize they need it until they find each other.  With stunning expertise, imagination, and planning, the author brings to life a unique and fantastic plot and storyline.  Add to that incredible characters that are as distinct, independent, and truly real as the story itself and you have Wet.  The interactions between the characters, and the relationships that are formed will make you laugh, swoon, and yes…even cry.  The gamut of emotions you will traverse on this epic adventure are breathtaking.  Ms. Payne brings you to the brink and back with flawless talent, and a true passion for the written word.  The characters were real, the story captivating, the passion scorching, and the action exhilarating.  I can’t wait to dive into the other Honor Bound novels, and add more Angel Payne to my library.  Another author to add to the list of favorites, for sure.  



Hot

They could run from everything…except each other.

Grounded by fog, Zoe Chestain is stuck in an airport bar with the choice of spending the night with her two drunk roommates or one dark and delicious stranger. The Vegas show dancer decides to live dangerously and succumbs to a night of the stranger’s dominant passion. But her cloud of sensual bliss is blown apart when she and her friends are taken hostage during the next morning’s plane hijacking. Zoe’s horror deepens when her kidnapper reveals himself as her partner from the night before.

Shay Bommer is one of the army’s best. A Special Forces soldier following the footsteps of his brother, he’s aware of the risks of infiltration with the enemy. But going deep undercover on this mission with one of the CIA’s most sought-after criminals has cost him dearly. He’s lost the trust of the most breathtaking submissive he’s ever had in his arms, the camaraderie of his unit, and the esteem of his brother. But he’s on a quest to rescue a priceless treasure—his mother.

Zoe’s danced to some crazy songs in her time, but no amount of wild choreography has prepared her for the adventure with Shay—or the return to his bed that means surrendering more than just her body. As they run from the bad guys, the good guys, and everyone in between, she learns about the man behind the masks, and the Dominant for whom she’s always longed. But staying with him means dying with him. The heat is on. Can Shay and Zoe’s love survive the flames?

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Masked

When the masks come off, they know it’s real.

Dan Colton was once the CIA’s golden boy—a get-things-done cowboy who believed it was better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. But performing the devil’s work was easier when he had the face of an angel—a damn good asset to have whether he was charming agency superiors…or training submissives in his dark dungeon role-plays. But that face was taken away, disfigured in a fire during an act of bravery.

Tess Lesange, known around the CIA’s Vegas office as “The Laser,” has only one Achilles’ heel—the brooding agent who once wouldn’t give her the time of day. Since Dan Colton’s accident, they’ve become friends, even trusting each other with some of their kinkier secrets. What are friends for, right?

Wrong.

Still seeking the submissive dream, Tess takes matters into her own hands and journeys in disguise to one of the desert’s most elicit kink clubs. When the Dominant she meets is beneath a mask and wielding a familiar voice, she wonders if karma has conspired to fulfill her deepest fantasies…and how high a price she’ll have to pay for it to come true. Is she willing to sacrifice the friendship she’s built with Dan for one unforgettable night in his dungeon?

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Masked Review

5 star review by Martha

Masked is Book 7 in the Honor Bound Series.   This whole series has been amazing and takes you on such a wild ride with each and every character.   They are all struggling to find control in their own ways.  Angel takes you on one amazing ride after another through love, heartache, loss and finding where you belong.  
This whole Series is highly recommended.
Masked was such an amazing book and such a great story! This is definitely a 5 STAR read from Angel Payne.


This book is full of dominance, insecurities and the will to find ones worth. Dan is your true dominant with a rough past. He has been through much more than anyone should ever have to endure. He has had one constant and positive in his life… Tess. Even with all of his visible scars he is still the most magnificent man she has ever seen. Tess would like nothing more than to experience Dan’s dominant side in more ways than she can count. Can she make him see that she could handle all that he has to give? She would give anything for that once in a lifetime experience. Is she worthy of him? Is he worthy of her? 

These two have such an amazing bond and OH so much more… They will take you on an amazing ride and journey finding themselves in ways they never believed possible. It takes so much for them to see that they too can be “normal.” I loved the moment he realized that taking care of a sub could mean so much to him… He has somewhat of an internal battle with this thinking… “Meanings” are for normal people, remember? People who have their heads screwed on straight. “Meanings” are for the rest of the world, asshole. Not you. Will Dan be able to finally SEE his worth and ability to have a meaningful relationship?

Will fate intervene and allow these two lost souls become one?

While I have loved EVERY single Honor Bound book this one is my new favorite 😉


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Meet The Author:

USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne has written for four publishing houses, and is also independently published. She loves to focus on high heat romance with emotional twists. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the Honor Bound series, the Suited for Sin series, the Cimarron Saga, the Temptation Court series, and the Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue).
Angel is thrilled to be an author for the bestselling Misadventures series, and looks forward to the launch of the Bolt Saga, featuring her super hero Reece Richards, launching in Summer 2018. Angel lives in Southern California with her soul mate husband and beautiful cosplaying daughter. As an “anime family”, they enjoy attending pop culture cons together.

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**Blog Tour** Innocent Eyes by Charlotte E. Hart and Rachel De Lune

Innocent Eyes

by

Charlotte E Hart and Rachel De Lune

Release Date: 19th February

Genre: Dark. Erotic Romance  

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Synopsis:
“If he’s gross, I’m bailing.” 
That’s what I said to my supposed best friend when she asked me to take her place. A blind date, she said. What harm could it do? 
He was charming. Beautiful. God’s finest creation. He wined me and dined me. Made me do things I’d never before dreamt of in the bedroom. It was perfect. Dangerous. Arousing. 
But Jenny didn’t tell me the full story. She didn’t tell me about the debt she owed. And now Quinn Cane wants his money’s worth, and he’s going to make me pay whatever way he can. 
“A debt needs to be paid.”
The woman who came to meet me didn’t owe me money. I could tell by her innocent eyes.  Still, the debt will be paid either way.
She was something to play with and use as I saw fit, but something about Emily Brooks made me want to keep her. So she became my dirty girl. Pure. Innocent. Mine.
Then she whispered my damned name and invaded my world, changing its reasoning.
She wasn’t meant to break the rules. But she rolled my dice and won. 

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Meet The Authors:

Charlotte E. Hart 
Charlotte is an Dark Erotic Suspense/Romance author living in the heart of the Shropshire countryside in Great Britain. She’s lived all over the UK, but finally settled in a small town that still reeks of old school England.
Writing and poetry have become a revolution for the soul, and she cherishes every second that she’s sitting at the laptop tapping her way into a new character.
“Life is a torrent of differences, different needs and wants, and it doesn’t always end that well. Yet we strive …”
Charlotte E Hart
Most of Charlotte’s work is bdsm based and intended for mature audiences only



Rachel De Lune

Rachel De Lune writes emotionally driven contemporary and erotic romance. 
She began scribbling her stories of dominance and submission in the pages of a notebook several years ago, and still can’t resist putting pen to real paper. What ifs are turned into heartfelt stories of love where there will always be a HEA. 
Rachel lives in the South West of England and daydreams about shoes with red soles, lingerie and chocolate. If she’s not writing HEAs, she’s probably reading them. She is a wife and has a beautiful daughter.
For every woman who’s ever desired more. 
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Giveaway



A signed copy of The Queen by Tiffany Reisz plus one $5/£5 gift card plus e books of ‘Seeing White’ and ‘More ‘.
It will be the pinned post of both of the author’s Facebook pages:

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Tara’s 5***** Review

“Do I prefer the softer side of him? The one I can justify my behaviour for. Or would I rather he be the monster I first saw, so I can claim my actions were in self-defence. A survival need. I shouldn’t even be here. I should still be trying to get away, running from this whole thing, and yet I’m here enjoying all this.”
Sometimes being caught up in day to day routine is enough to make us naive to the world around us. Emily loves her quaint little life, taking photos and singing. When she is convinced a blind date is what she needs to shake things up, she is thrown into a world not many people live to see. Quinn is the ultimate bad guy. Hated by some, and feared by most. The life he leads would bring us to our knees, but one look at Emily, and he is lost. Both are unable to distinguish what is right and wrong, their hearts telling them one thing, and the world telling them another. 
“I can still feel him. His touch, his tongue, his lips. They’re seared into my skin, my body accepting the contact and committing it to memory, easy to recall.”
Innocent eyes consumed my entire being. From the first few pages of the book, I was unable to stop reading. My emotions were played with by Charlotte and Rachel. I was enraged, turned on, disgusted and in awe of the characters. Each one bringing something remarkable to this incredible book. I couldn’t wait to get to the end, but at the same time was sad to see it end. I need more!! The writing in the book is impeccable, but please note, due to the content, Innocent Eyes is not for the faint of heart! 
“I’m here because I am, for once in my life, in need of someone who counters me. Someone who offers the possibility of this new future I’m creating, breathes life into it with me.”




***Author Spotlight*** Amy Andrews discusses Aussie Slang and more……….

Celebrating the release of her 5th book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, Playing House, Amy Andrews educates us in Aussie slang, Rugby and  “beefy dudes”.

Playing House 
by
Amy Andrews
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Buy links for all Platforms: https://entangledpublishing.com/playing-house.html
Synopsis

Eleanor is content with her boring life—mostly. She’s even fine being the quirky sister in a bevy of beauties. So imagine her surprise when one of her brother’s Sydney Smoke mates hits on her at an engagement party. Her. The weird sister, who wears vintage dresses and prefers her books to parties.
Bodie is shocked the next morning to find the soft, sexy virgin who seduced him with corsets is his best friend’s little sister. If he could kick his own ass, he would. And two months later, she’s got an even bigger surprise for him. Now he needs to convince the corset-loving wallflower that he loves her uniqueness if they’ve got a chance at forever.
He always did love a challenge…
Each book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series is STANDALONE:
* Playing By Her Rules
* Playing It Cool
* Playing the Player
* Playing With Forever
* Playing House 

Aussie Slang and Rugby.
I often get asked, why rugby? And that’s a simple question to answer. My editor said they wanted a rugby series in the Brazen line and they wanted me to write it. And I was all hell yeahbecause whilst what I know about rugby you could fit on the back of a postage stamp, what I do know about it is more than enough. Big beefy dudes – I freaking love big beefy dudes – running around in teeny tiny shorts. How much more does a girl need to know?
And thus, the Sydney Smoke rugby team was born. A team of hot, Aussie dudes sweating it out on the field, smack talking in the locker room and the showers – the showers people!! the showers – as well as giving each other shit over the poker table.
Of course, that creates some problems for the non Aussies in the world because…yeah, we Aussie’s write and spell funny. Well…we don’t actually. We write and spell Australian, which came to us via some English toffs in big ships carrying boatloads of convicts who were basically just people who were poor and hungry.  But, like all languages, we developed our own vernacular over two hundred years of colonisation, peppered with slang and idioms. Language which confuses the hell out of my American editor.
Please don’t worry, though, in an effort to save my readers confusion about both the Aussie-isms and the footy terminology in the rugby series, I’ve popped in a handy glossary at the back of the book. So now, for your education or hell, just for laughs (aka shits and giggles), I thought I’d share a few words and their meaning from the glossary.
Scrum – A scrum is when two groups of opposing players pack loosely together, arms interlocked, heads down, jockeying for the ball that is fed into the scrum along the ground. It’s like a tug of war with no rope and more body contact or, as I like to call it, a great, big man hug with a lot of dudes lying on top of each other at the end of it all. Very homo-erotic.
Pash – a pash is a kiss e.g. “Did you pash him, Shazza?” It’s the Aussie equivalent to the British term snog.
Chocolate topping – this is what we call chocolate syrup and you put it on your ice-cream. Although I’m fairly sure it gets put on other things as well. None of them food.
Budgie Smugglers – a term (now a swimwear brand) for a pair of  tight Aussie swimming briefs for men, so called for how snug they sit against the err…budgie…Yes, they are as gross as they sound and shouldn’t everbe worn by anyone unless they are a buff Bondi life saver. Sadly the average Aussie male did not get this memo.
Curious for more? Why not start the series and your Aussie education today?
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***Release Blitz Tour*** Unraveled by Helen Hardt

Unraveled (Steel Brothers Saga #9)
by Helen Hardt
Release date: 13th February
The final installment in the Steel Brothers saga

#steelbrothers  #unraveled
Ryan Steel and Ruby Lee are in love, but before they can move forward with a life together, they’re determined to bring resolution to the many unanswered questions they still face. To complicate matters, new threats arise with the arrival of two startling figures from their pasts.


As they race against time to find answers, unexpected forces pull them apart. Ryan’s brothers, Talon and Jonah, rally to help, wanting to end the struggle and finally bring the last perpetrators to justice. But another riddle surfaces, deepening the rift between Ruby and Ryan. Will they salvage their relationship and finally unravel the mysteries surrounding them?


“Relentless action, heart-stopping twists and hard-core romance is what you will find on this ride!”
-Under the Pages


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Review

5 Star  Review by Kristie K
An epic conclusion fitting for the incredible Steel Brothers Saga from Helen Hardt!  This series will leave you breathless…
Holy Hades!  I can’t believe the Steel Brothers Saga is over!  Unraveled marks the 9th installment in the series, the final book for Ryan and Ruby as well as the totally epic conclusion to the entire Steel Brothers Saga.  All those mysteries, and questions you’ve been waiting for answers to?  

Well, you will get them all in Unraveled…whether you like it or not…  I didn’t know if Ms. Hardt was going to be able to wrap up all the tantalizing twists and turns this series has taken over the course of its nine books, but she did so beautifully!  With her signature writing style, and her flair for suspense, danger, deceit, and shocking revelations, Ms. Hardt has delivered the final calculated blow.  With expert skill, and incredible fluidity, Unraveled ties up every loose end with a beautiful, and heartbreaking bow.  I find myself both devastated and renewed with the conclusion of this captivating series that held me in its thrall for the duration.  
Oh how I will miss my Steel boys, their beautiful ladies, and hearts of gold.  If you read nothing else of Ms. Hardt…you must experience this series.  It is worth every minute.



Meet The Author

#1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.
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***Cover Reveal*** The Luminai Series by Sloane Murphy

COVER SERIES REVEAL!!
The Luminai Series by Sloane Murphy
Storm Born #1
Releases April 30th

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Model: Autumn Jones
Cover Design: Steam Power Studios
Synopsis
Three sisters born of strife,
Brought into the world taking a life.
One of nature, light and wind,
One of darkness, shadow and sin.
Lastly, one born of flame,
Cast in a life full of pain.
Each alone can bring pain and sorrow,
Joined as one, will destroy tomorrow.
Skylar Fairweather always knew she was a witch, destined to be the next Regent of the Luminai Coven, but nobody ever asked her if she wanted it. Living in a world full of light, fighting the shadows, having knowledge that there really is more to life than the mundane, but never really knowing who to trust.
As things start going awry on her eighteenth birthday, Skylar is faced with an alternative and discovers she’s more than anyone ever told her.
When secrets are kept to keep you safe, and the truth could be the thing that destroys everything you thought you knew, what would you do when given the choice?
Pre-order your copy here: https://www.books2read.com/StormBorn

*Storm Born is book 1 in The Luminai Series 

     Fire Born #2 – Releases June 2018                           Shadow Born #3 – Releases August 2018
          

Meet the Author

Hi everyone! I’m Sloane *waves*. I’m 27, a total book nerd with a penchant for travel and I probably use the words Dude & Awesomesauce far too often in real life.! I write mainly Paranormal Romance NA & YA, but I’ll be branching out into other Romance genres too.

I was born and raised in Peterborough, England along with 2 sisters, 2 brothers and a plethora of cousins, I come from a REALLY big family! I’m one of the clumsiest people you’ll ever meet, but I try to stay on my feet *haha*. I still live here with Mr M & our fur baby Arya.

Please don’t be afraid to come and say hi! I don’t bite I swear 🙂

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**Release Day Blitz** Indiscreet by Amelie S. Duncan


Title: INDISCREET
Series: The Agency Dark Affairs Duet Book 1

GENRE: Romantic Suspense/Erotic Suspense/Dark Romance/ MFM
RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2018
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BLURB:


Even with all of Gia Ruiz’s success professionally, a divorce has left her alone with nobody to share her triumphs and successes with.

Eager to get back in the game, she joins The Agency, a discreet and exclusive matchmaking service that can hook her up with the high-powered, gorgeous executive man she craves.
Dane Westbrook is the most seductive and tempting of all the men that The Agency offers. His piercing eyes, smoldering good looks, and enigmatic personality captivate Gia, and Dane is equally interested in Gia.

Despite the sparks that fly between the two, Dane is reluctant to reveal all his cards, and Gia quickly discovers that what should have been a hot, super-charged tryst has turned into a dangerous game; one where the rulebook doesn’t exist, and nothing is quite as it seems.

An innocent mistake soon plunges Gia right into the middle of secrets she was never meant to discover. Can Gia recover in time, or will she stand to lose everything she has worked so hard for?
Indiscreet is the first of two books from Dark Affairs in The Agency, a duet packed with highly-erotic scenes, intrigue, and the darker side of desire.


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BIO


Amélie S. Duncan writes contemporary, erotic romances. Her inspiration comes from many sources including her life experiences and travels. She lives on the West Coast of the United States with her husband.

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**Blog Tour** A Husband For Hire by Patricia A. Knight

Book: A Husband for Hire

Author: Patricia A. Knight

Release Date: 31st January

Genre: A Regency Historical Romance

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Synopsis:

Lady Eleanor Russell needed a husband. Immediately. With no male heir, when her father died, the vast family estate would revert to the Crown. But no man would choose an unattractive, outspoken, independent, spinster of mature years as a bride—so she’d buy a husband.

An impoverished third son of aristocratic birth, Lord Miles Everleigh, tall, elegant and immensely handsome, relied on wealthy widows to clothe, house and feed him. In exchange, they received a charming, accomplished companion, both in and out of the bedroom. But this lifestyle wore away a man’s self-respect; he was not the male whore his step-brother had named him.

When Eleanor “bought” Miles as a husband, she never intended to lose her heart. When he accepted her proposal, Miles never imagined he’d want more from Eleanor than her money.

Excerpt:


Excerpt of A Husband for Hire by Patricia A. Knight
© Patricia A. Knight
Chapter One
London, late February 1814
“T
hese are the best marital prospects you can discover? In all of London?”
The Lady Eleanor Constance Russell, sole offspring of The Right Honorable Earl of Rutledge and The Right Honorable Countess of Rutledge slapped the sheet of paper she’d been reading down on top of the mahogany desk and bestowed on her London barrister the look of a woman at her wit’s end. Grief for her dying parents and a sense of utter desperation had driven her to actions she considered borderline insanity. If she accepted any of the names on this list, she might as well rent rooms in Bedlam. Eleanor fought the hysteria surging in her breast and tried for a more cajoling tone. “Surely you can come up with more worthy candidates?”
The barrister who had served her family for the last forty years sat immobile in his great chair, hunkered down behind his great desk, his hands steepled in front of his narrow-lipped mouth. “This was no small task you set before me, Lady Russell. We are at war with France. Many of our most eligible men fill our army and navy.”
Her troubled gaze swung outward. Outside the windows of Elsington & Elsington, the London hansom cabs clopped past in the traffic-clogged street. Everyone had business to conduct it seemed. With a heavy sigh, she returned to the issue that had torn her away from the bedside of her failing but beloved parents and the celebrated stud farm into which she’d poured twenty-plus years of her life.
Her eyes flicked to the sheet in front of her, and she jabbed at it with an index finger.  “Sir Clive Wellery. Fifty-six years of age, just interred his fourth wife, has no property of worth, eleven dependents ranging in age from two months to twenty-two years, known for a propensity to overindulge in spirits and gambling, currently renting a six-bedroom house in Bloomsbury.” She shuddered and whispered, “Eleven children.”  Her eyes rose and gazed at the gentleman across the desk from her then dropped back to the paper.
“Lord Hilary Vance. Sixty-four years of age, of no property or spouse. No dependents, an unfortunate victim of the ‘China disease.’”  She cleared her throat. “I understand there is no opium den he does not frequent.” 
The barrister sat motionless in his chair and gave her a disapproving frown. She rolled her eyes. “I am thirty-years-old, sir. I’m not an ignorant debutante.”
“I disapprove of your unorthodox education, Ma’am. It did you a great disservice, and so I told your father.”
You old fusspot. Eleanor swallowed her retort and returned her gaze to the page on the desk. “And then there is Sir Aubrey Dedhamreally, Mr. Elsington? Really? The fellow lives at the molly houses.” She frowned as her barrister stirred awkwardly in his high-backed chair. “Did you think I didn’t know the meaning of the term? How am I supposed to persuade a sodomite into marriage with a woman when he is not inclined toward women in the first place?” She scowled. “Though perhaps my possessing no feminine attributes is a recommendation.”
“Lady Russell, please…”
Eleanor held up a gloved hand. “Stop. I know what you are going to say. £30,000 will make any man blind. And this last entry.” She sighed and relaxed her upright spine for one moment before resuming her erect posture and folding her hands in her lap. “This last marital candidate.” She could feel the heat climb her neck into her cheeks at the thought of a man that elegant ever giving her a second look and if he did she’d probably turn and flee.
“The Lord Miles Everleigh, twenty-five, the third of four sons, whose eldest brother is the new Duke of Chelsony. I understand Lord Miles lives on the charity of “friends” in return for his convivial companionship and educated guidance on the purchase of fine bloodstock. What could induce…”
She closed her eyes and fought back the tears that threatened. How had she come to this? Was she going to go through with an action that in her more rational moments caused her to lose the contents of her stomach? In short, yes. The alternative was even more appalling.
 One thought of the manor house with its 100,000 acres of attached properties and villages all peopled with men and women who relied on her family for their livelihood the thought of all this reverting to the Crown because of some quirk in the laws of primogeniture? Accompanying the loss would be the upheaval and complete displacement of the lovely Thoroughbred mares and stallions of impeccable breeding whose pedigrees she could recite to the nth generation and all their offspring, in short, the entire racing stud she’d helped her father make so fabulously successful. Well, it was enough to make anyone cry.
Despite having three torturous seasons on the marriage mart ten years ago, no eligible man—there’d been numerous made ineligible by virtue of being unacceptable to her parents or unacceptable to her—had stepped forward with an offer to make her his wife. All the wealth and property she would bring with her was insufficient incentive to overcome her plain features, awkward deportment and utter lack of the slightest feminine attribute, so she’d have to buy a husband—and soon. With no male heir, upon the death of her father, the estate, and all its entailed properties would be subject to the peregrinations of escheat.
“Mr. Elsington…please. What could possibly recommend me to Lord Miles Everleigh? Even rusticating as I have been, I hear the on-dits about the ever-so-handsome and sophisticated Lord Miles Everleigh. There will always be other options for a man like this, much better options than a gawky plank of an ape-leader with shriveled social skills who reeks of the stables and is his senior by five years.”
The man across from her cleared his throat. “My lady…if I may be allowed…” He looked over his pince-nez. “The marriage agreement that you have required me to draw up demands a gentleman of a certain …” He shifted uncomfortably. “Ah…”
“Let me assist you. The word you want is desperation. It wants a gentleman who has reached a point of desperation. Well, Mr. Elsington, find more candidates. This week. I’m running out of time.”
“Err, yes, Lady Russell. Quite.” His eyes softened. “How is your father, my lady?”
Eleanor dropped her eyes and fought for composure until she was sure she could speak without succumbing to tears. “The physicians tell me, ‘at most a few months’. He could go at any time.”
“My sincere regrets, ma’am. Lord Rutledge is a fine gentleman.”
With a murmur of thanks, she inhaled and rose to her full height. Mr. Elsington was not a short man, but as he stood to escort her out, she topped him by a full head, reminding her yet again of her abysmal lack of any physical feature possessed by an even a moderately desirable woman. She hardened her jaw as she marched out of the law offices to her waiting carriage. There was no point in dwelling on a source of immense hurt that her adoring parents and formidable fortune hadn’t protected her from, nor the reasons for her present desperate action. She decided on the instant to go to the one place in all of London where she’d always felt at home regardless of the strictures of polite society and Richard Tattersal’s distinct lack of welcome for those of her sex.
“Take me to Tattersalls, John. They have advertised some young breeding stock I want to inspect. We need some outside lines to cross on Dare To Dream.”
“Yes, your ladyship.” With a tip of his beaver brim, he helped her into the carriage and climbed onto the box. At John Coachman’s instruction, the groom stepped away from the leaders, sprang to the back of the carriage and the team of beautifully matched bays stepped smartly away.


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Tara’s 4**** Review

Now, I know absolutely nothing about historical literature. So when Husband for Hire was presented to me, I was a bit skeptical, but I gave it a try. And let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised!
“If she was smart, she would never allow him to see how he affected her. He could name any term or condition, and she would comply simply to have him look at her like that.”
Eleanor was raised tough, and never saw herself as feminine. Caught in a bind, she decides to “hire” a husband to secure her future, but she doesn’t bargain for the feelings that come with this idea. Miles is a man about town, very popular with the ladies. When he is approached with a proposition to help Eleanor, he’s all but ready to better his own monetary life from this transaction. But Miles also doesn’t count on feeling anything, and in Husband for Hire, these two are anything but a love at first sight story!
“ His appraising look and the unusual glint in his eye gave her pause. “You would take an unwilling woman?” “I never have.” Relief flooded her. “Well, I should hope not.” “You mistake my meaning. You will be willing.” Her mouth opened and closed without uttering a sound. “
What I liked about Husband for Hire was Eleanor’s quest to remain herself, while softening her hardened edges. She held strong to who she was, but was able to see there was more to her than she knew. And the fact that Miles, hot and desirable, is the one to help Eleanor through this journey, helps make Husband for Hire a page turner. Patricia’s way of setting the story, helps us visualize the scene, like we are watching a movie. Each chapter brought hope for love, and while you read, you cannot help but to fall in love with the characters.
“She lifted a shoulder, unable—and unwilling—to put into words all the different reasons she’d found to fall in love with him. She sighed and wondered what his reaction would be should she tell him that.”