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  • Likable characters in need of a little push

    This is the first time I've read a book from this author. I found the characters to be likable. However, this story of an arranged marriage missed the mark slightly. Both characters tried to better themselves and find common ground in their marriage. The main method of doing this was to use a surrogate "tutor" in the bedroom. Unbeknownst to the blindfolded husband, the tutor was actually his normally shy wife! The wife felt emboldened in the role of the anonymous tutor. I thought that the tutor concept was completely silly and unbelievable. Too much time was spent focusing on the secondary characters (subjects of future books?) that helped orchestrate the tutoring scenario. I don't think that a lifetime of social anxiety can be cured so easily! Thankfully, the heroine was forgiven for her deception fairly quickly. The brother Lucien seemed like he had an interesting back story. I'll definitely give this author another chance and read his story. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.

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  • The Phoenix Club series

    I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an advance reader copy of this story. Sabrina and Constantine had an arranged marriage that might have started off ok if their parents had stayed out of it. There was attraction that could have turned to something more, he thinks she's the most beautiful woman in the world. Lies and hurtful statements made them as good as strangers. They're living separate lives until Sabrina breezes into town wanting to have a child. Being in the same house and trying to become their better selves sets things in motion. All that said, it then turns into a circus. I tried to like the story but it became to far fetched and I lost interest. By the end I felt nothing for the characters main and secondary. I don't like giving bad reviews but in this case I had to speak my mind. I like Ms Burkes work but this one was just too out there for me. #DarcyBurke #Impassioned #ThePhoenixClub #ZealousQuillPress #historicalromance

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  • Marriage of convenience turns to love

    Be careful what you wish for ... I read the first book in this new series and found the premise (a group of men who set up their own gentlemen's gambling club) a little bit too similar to another historical romance series I'd read. However, I was intrigued to read the story of the Earl of Aldington, Constantine Westbrooke (elder brother of the founder of the Phoenix Club), and his bloodless marriage so I jumped at the chance of this when I saw the ARC available on NetGalley. Constantine and his wife Sabrina's marriage was arranged by their parents. Constantine's father is controlling and Constantine has spent his life trying to earn his father's approval. Sabrina has crippling anxiety and her parents constantly criticise her. Ever since their marriage Constantine and Sabrina have barely spent any time together, bar a perfunctory fortnight each year. He spends his time in London while she resides at their country estate. But Sabrina has overcome her anxiety and come to London, determined to have a baby. Sabrina and Constantine have been misled about each other by their respective parents and each has made erroneous assumptions about the other, in an effort to unravel the misunderstandings, Constantine's brother arranges for Sabrina to pose as a courtesan to (verbally) coach Constantine on the art of seducing his wife. I felt like I deceived myself with this book. In my head it was supposed to be a bit like the relationship in The Scarlett Pimpernel, two people desperately in love with each other but for 'reasons' treating each other with icy disdain/politeness. Unfortunately, this book was more about Lessons in Love and standing up to your mean parents. Again, I liked but I didn't love it. It felt like Sabrina was the driving force in the relationship and Constantine was a bit wet TBH, but I'm not a fan of the 'disguising yourself to date/make love to your own spouse' whether it's in literature or music. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • Impassioned

    Sabrina enlists help to lean to be a better countess. What she learns not only helps her it helps her husband too. They learn how to be the two people they should have always been. They find themselves and each other’s love.

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  • Steamy and Fun

    After two years of marriage, Sabrina Westbrook has had enough. Enough of a cold marriage, enough of being alone. When she arrives in London to demand her marital rights, Constantine, Earl of Westbrook, is shocked (to say the least). The truth is they both would like a better marriage, a real marriage. The problem, neither knows how to go about it. There is help. Con’s bother Lucien and Evie, his partner in the Phoenix Club, are willing to help, and attack the problem from both sides. What ensues is a fast-paced, sometimes dramatic and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and often steamy adventure in falling in love. We learn a lot about Con and Sabrina, as well as Lucien and the Duke, and what makes them tick. Mr. and Mrs. Haddock and a kitten of chaos are delightful and bring a bit of welcome humor to the household (it teaches Con to relax). This is a wonderfully entertaining story with engaging characters. I love the new Con (so does Sabrina). Enjoyable story and series. I look forward to more. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.

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