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Thursday, 27 May 2021

The Fourth Marchioness by Jayne Davis



The Fourth Marchioness

has RECEIVED a

Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


He’s looking for a suitable wife. She’s looking for a traitor. It could be a most unusual courtship.
England, 1794

James, Marquess of Harlford, wants nothing more than to be left alone with his scientific research. Unfortunately his mother is determined to see him married and with an heir to secure the succession. Faced with a house party of her selected candidates, he finds himself drawn towards the least likely─and most thoroughly unsuitable─of the guests. Mama will be livid.

While the other ladies are fluttering their eyelashes, Alice Bryant is sensible, kind and intelligent. Although he knows little else about her, James decides that Alice would do nicely as his wife.

For Alice, an out-of-work governess, taking up a position as a lady's companion would be ideal—if that was all the post entailed. Espionage, no matter how righteous the cause, sits ill on her conscience.

Alice does not wish to believe that the seemingly honourable and increasingly attentive Lord Harlford is capable of treason, but it’s her duty to find out if he really is selling secrets to the enemy.

They could make an ideal match… if not for the espionage. Can love prosper, or will deceit and subterfuge carry the day?

The Fourth Marchioness is Book 4 in the Marstone Series, but can also be read as a standalone novel with no cliffhangers.

Pages: 307
Genre:  Regency Historical Romance

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Monday, 17 May 2021

Saving Meg by Jayne Davis



Saving Meg

has RECEIVED a

Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


A soldier returns to keep a promise—but it will prove more difficult than he imagined.

Lieutenant Jonathan Lewis is devastated when his best friend, Fred, is fatally injured on the battlefield. He willingly promises to take care of Fred’s sister and mother—after all, he has been quietly in love with Fred’s sister, Meg, for years.

After a gruelling retreat across Spain, Jon finally returns to find England in the grip of a snowy winter. Thoughts of Meg have kept him going, but when he reaches her home, it is not Meg who meets him at the door but her cousin Rupert. Jon is devastated to learn that Rupert and Meg are to be wed in two days’ time.

Despite Rupert’s efforts to keep them apart, Jon manages to talk to Meg, who does notnot want to marry her cousin. Meg suggests that she would be safe from Rupert’s threats if she married Jon instead.

Without hesitation, Jon sets off through the icy conditions and deep snow to get a marriage licence before Rupert can force Meg to marry him. But does Meg only want him for her safety, or could she love him, too? And can he make it back in time?


Pages: 75
Genre:  Regency Historical Romance

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Monday, 10 May 2021

The Black Rose by Barry Faulkner



The Black Rose

has RECEIVED a

Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



DCS Palmer and DS Gheeta Singh get called to the morgue where two bodies listed as suicides have raised the pathologist's suspicions that they might not be as a rare plant based poison has been found in their stomachs. The fact that the deceased were Garden Centre owners and Rose breeders who were on the brink of marketing the first Black Rose and reaping the huge financial rewards that would bring alerts Palmer to the fact that things aren't as serene as they appear to be and he gets involved in an investigation that takes him back into the past concerning cold cases that might not be totally cold and of failed liaisons and unexplained deaths in the Rose Breeding and Garden Centre community. At the center of it all sits the Black Rose, who will have it to display and launch at the Chelsea Flower Show on the Royal Party and Press day? The case twists and turns right up to the wire as liaisons crack and fracture until an ending that...well let's say it's very different to what you might expect.


Pages: 287
Genre:  Serial <Killer

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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Another Kind of Hero by Lynn Hesse



Another Kind of Hero

has RECEIVED a

Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


At forty Helen Kendall is divorced, full-figured, and big-haired. She enjoys working at the Pick'n Pay and running the show until sleazy David Hoffman becomes the assistant manager. Helen's plan to get David fired includes her older sister's help. Mavis says, "No," because the last fiasco infuriated her husband and tarnished her reputation at the church. Mavis resists until her best friend, Wanda, communicates from the beyond concerned about her godson's push-animal parties and a drug-related murder.

Unbeknownst to the Kendall sisters, undercover DEA Agent Dewey Blackmon is investigating the drug pipeline running through Forsyth off I-75. Dewey suspects David is laundering money through the PIck'n Pay.

These two plots converge when a casket of drugs and money at the Pick'n Pay storeroom makes the body count rise. The loyalty and love between family, friends, and partners in small-town America is threatened when two strangers carrying guns come to Forsyth...

Pages: 121
Genre:  

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Saturday, 1 May 2021

Book of the MONTH - April

Book of the Month Award

April



Lady Lydia Somerset is an earl’s daughter. At the ripe age of twenty-five, she still wears the lavish gowns and dances the dainty steps of the haute ton as if she were pursuing a husband; but her goals are far more personal. Instead, she pursues her tormentors: the men who bet that taking a girl’s virginity--her virginity--really can cure a brothel’s plague. She has her cousins and sister to aid her, but no one can understand what it feels like to be helpless. Pugilism, England’s manliest pastime, is her only relief. Training in secret with a female boxer keeps her sane, but when her instructor is hired away by one of the men she is seeking to destroy, she is in a bind. Her new teacher, a former prizefighter with a ready joke and a quick wit might do more than just correct her technique.

John Arthur is made of money. A street kid who dazzled with his fists, he now impresses as a miracle worker on the London Stock Exchange. But a man can’t forget a boyhood spent in the gutter. Easy-going and affable, John Arthur knows he shouldn’t tangle with bluebloods. He should be happy with a full belly and coin-filled pockets. But when he meets a woman who finds boxing as vital as he does, his life suddenly gets complicated.

Caught between revenge and finding love with a man who might truly understand her, Lady Lydia must commit to opening her heart or closing it forever.

 Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Pages: 337






Book Cover of the MONTH - April



Book Cover of the Month
HUGE thanks to  Designer, Cathy Helms at Avalon Graphics for selecting this month's cover of the Month.



All books receiving a Chill with a Readers' Award in May will automatically be considered for Book Cover of the Month.