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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recently Added to my To-Be-Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's theme is books I've recently added to by tbr list. So without further ado, here are some of my most recent additions that I can't wait to read!





There's something so satisfying about a post full of gorgeous book covers don't you agree? 
Have you read any of these? If so what did you think? Please do leave links to your lists, I'd love to read them! You can never have too many books on your tbr shelf!

Review: Lady Vice by Wendy LaCapra

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Not every lady plays by the rules… 

Lady Lavinia Vaile knows what happens to a woman who puts her faith in society. For her, it was a disastrous marriage to a depraved man—one she threatened to shoot when she left him. Now Lavinia lives outside of society's strict conventions, hosting private gambling parties. It's only when her husband is shot dead that Lavinia finds herself in terrible danger... 

A former judge in India's high court, Maximilian Harrison will do anything he can to help Lavinia. In the darkest of times, he held on to thoughts of her and the love they once shared. Now he risks his own position in society―along with his ambitions―in order to clear her name. Yet as desire reignites between them, Lavinia remains caught up in secrets and shame. Her only salvation is to do the unthinkable...and trust in both Maximilian and love. 

Review
The three Furies, Lady Vice, Duchess Decadence and Lady Scandal, or Lavinia, Thea and Sophia, are independent women who have taken …

Top Ten Tuesday: Books from my Childhood/Teens that I would Love to Revisit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This week's theme is Childood favourites that I would love to revisit. Many of my choices today are still actually sitting on my bookshelf, but haven't been read in years. Maybe it's time to change that.
1) Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
It was the Alex Rider series of books that taught me it was okay for girls to read 'boys' books, that we didn't all have to resign ourselves to Jacqueline Wilson because of our gender. It was these books that turned me into the spy fiction fan that I am today, and now Horowitz has actually written a James Bond novel! I've never been more excited for a book in my life!



2) The Five Find-Outers - Enid Blyton  The lesser known children detective series by Enid Blyton alongside The Famous Five and the Secret Seven. I was in awe of Fatty's expertise in disguises and loved his dog Buster.


3) Lexy Boyd and the Spadewell Sparklers - Michael Coleman. I couldn't a…

Review: The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

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In 1875, Sisi, the Empress of Austria is the woman that every man desires and every woman envies.

Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything - except happiness. Bored with the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, Franz Joseph, Sisi comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton, the only man in Europe who can outride her. Ten years younger than her and engaged to the rich and devoted Charlotte, Bay has everything to lose by falling for a woman who can never be his. But Bay and the Empress are as reckless as each other, and their mutual attraction is a force that cannot be denied.

Full of passion and drama, THE FORTUNE HUNTER tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and a cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty. 

Review
Having finished this book I was delighted to discover that in the Author's Notes that the majority …

Mega March Book Haul

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March has been a busy month in terms of reading, and I have added plenty of new titles to my shelves this week! I tend to find there's a lull where I can't find anything I want to read, and then suddenly lots of exciting titles come along at once!

The first book post of the week came courtesy of Pan MacMillan. Hausfrau has been billed as Anna Karenina meets Fifty Shades of Grey. My curiosity got the better of me and I dived straight into this one - pretty good so far!

I also received these two books from Bookbridgr! Beatrice and Benedick tells the story of how the famous couple from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing first met. I just love the cover! The Prince Who Loved Me is a fairy tale of a historical romance set in Scotland. Historical romances are my guilty pleasure, and this one sounds perfect to bridge the gap between more heavy-going books.

As if these books weren't enough, I picked up a couple of library books this week too! I've heard good things about bo…

Release Day Launch: The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

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Today is the release day launch for The Witch of Painted Sorrows, a historical gothic romantic suspense novel by M.J. Rose. I absolutely adore the cover for this novel and can't wait to read it! Check out the excerpt below, and don't forget to enter the giveaway M.J. Rose is holding to celebrate the release!!  

Synopsis
Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris. Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother's Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it's dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Pa…

Review: Sins of a Duke by Stacy Reid

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All of the young ladies whispered about the Duke of Mondvale in hushed tones, their eyes following his tall, dark figure with barely disguised lust. For the newly-ostracized Lady Constance Thornton, he is magnetic and altogether desirable. Irresistibly so. Since her reputation is already ruined in London society, why shouldn't she be impudent and dance with the scandalous “Lord of Sin”?

Little does she know of his plans.

The beautiful and innocent Lady Constance is no mere plaything for Lucan Wynwood. She will be his revenge. By ruining her, he will have his vengeance against her brother. Except that the Lady Constance is full of surprises...and now she could well be the ruin of him.

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The 'Beautiful Bastard' and the 'Lord of Sin' - unholy alliance or match made in heaven? Lucan Wynwood intends to ruin the reputation of Lady Constance Thornton in revenge against her brother. But when he discovers that the enchanting woman he encountered at the ball and Lady Consta…

Cover Reveal/ Giveaway: Game of Love by Ara Grigorian

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Today I'm excited to be part of the cover reveal for Game of Love, a new sports romance from Ara Grigorian! Check out all the fun details about this book and enter his fantastic giveaway!

Title: Game of Love 
Author: Ara Grigorian
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Day: May 4th

Synopsis
Game of Love is set in the high-stakes world of professional tennis where fortune and fame can be decided by a single point. Gemma Lennon has spent nearly all of her 21 years focused on one thing: Winning a Grand Slam. After a disastrous and very public scandal and subsequent loss at the Australian Open, Gemma is now laser-focused on winning the French Open. Nothing and no one will derail her shot at winning - until a heated chance encounter with brilliant and sexy Andre Reyes threatens to throw her off her game. Breaking her own rules, Gemma begins a whirlwind romance with Andre who shows her that love and a life off the court might be the real prize. With him, she learns to trust and love… at…

Perfume Review: 007 for Women

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In a departure from my usual bookish posts, today I'm writing about perfume! It's not really my intention to diversify into beauty blogging, but given the bookish inspiration behind this scent (it is James Bond after all), and the fact that trnd so kindly sent me a bottle and samples to test, I feel the need to tell you all about it!
About the Fragrance
Citrus scents are thought to make you feel more alert and improve your concentration levels. So, the smell of fresh bergamot in 007 for Women will work a treat if you spritz it on before you go into that job interview. According to recent University research, the smell of musk and black pepper (both found within 007 for Women) is associated with success. Have an important meeting coming up? Spritz on your new favourite scent if you want people to come round to your way of thinking! If you want to chill out then jasmine (a sweet, subtle scent which is lovingly ensconced in the 007 for Women fragrance) is used in aromatherapy to p…

Review: A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill

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One small mistake in the past will change everything about her future...

Archaeologist Sarah Baxter just broke one of the biggest rules of time travel: leaving a piece of 21st­ century equipment in 19th century Regency England. Unfortunately, when she goes back to retrieve it, she makes an even bigger mess of things—resulting in the death of an English Earl. Now his brother is not only out for revenge, but he also has Sarah's device. Which means an entirely different approach is needed. It doesn't occur to the new Earl of Earnston that his charming acquaintance is responsible for his brother's death. He is merely swept away by a passion that threatens his very reputation. Yet he gets the distinct impression that Miss Baxter is hiding something from him. Now Sarah must find a way to steal back her device, hide the truth about the earl's brother and—most importantly— not fall in love...

Review
First thing's first, I love the cover to this novel, it's just gorgeous…

Blog Tour / Giveaway: Losing at Love by Jennifer Iacopelli

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Today I'm excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Losing at Love, the latest novel by Jennifer Iacopelli. Don't forget to enter the giveaway!
Synopsis
Grass courts, tennis whites and the fiercest competition in the world. Wimbledon. After two crazy weeks in Paris, the girls of the Outer Banks Tennis Academy are headed to London with just one thing on their minds: winning.
Indiana Gaffney is fresh off a surprise win at the French Open junior tournament. Sponsors are clamoring for her attention, but what she wants more than anything—aside from a wild card to Wimbledon—is to be with Jack Harrison, but international fame and a secret relationship rarely mix well.
When Penny Harrison dreamed of playing at Wimbledon she never imagined agonizing pain shooting through her ankle with every step. With just a month until the tournament and the whole world expecting her to win, she’s determined to play, with or without the support of her coach or the love of her life, Alex Russell.
For t…