To The Duke, With Love

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To the Duke, with Love (The Rakes of St. James, #2)To the Duke, with Love by Amelia Grey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
Release Date: Dec 5, 2017
Categories: Romance
Setting: London
Author Website: http://www.ameliagrey.com/

About this series:

Three sons of dukes decide to commit a prank on Polite Society and get labelled the Rakes of St. James. But sometimes bad boys grow up to be honorable men.

About this book:

Sloane Knox, the Duke of Hawksthorn (Hawk) has found the perfect husband for his sister. Except the groom-to-be has a sister who doesn’t believe in arranged marriages. In fact, Loretta Quick has taken a vow to never marry.

The passion between Hawk and Loretta ignites immediately. There is a great secondary storyline that truly flushes out the story and keeps things moving forward in an entertaining way. While the first book in the series, “Last Night with the Duke” was humorous and cute it took on some serious topics like forced arranged marriages for women and the exploitation of children during the Regency period. Yet this second book in the series manages to be delightfully lighthearted at the right times and seriously passionate whenever the hero and heroine met.

Grey is hitting her stride with the Rakes of St. James series. Her characters – both primary and secondary – are likeable and grow personally throughout the story. In fact, I sat down to read a chapter or two on a Saturday morning and more than half a book later the sun was going down. You know a book is good when you lose track of time and read the day away. I love when that happens.

I have high hopes for the third book in this trilogy as Grey has written two winners so far. Not to put any pressure on Grey, but it’s going to be tough to beat the first two, so please don’t miss out on this truly entertaining series.

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I received a free copy but voluntarily reviewed.

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Last Night With The Duke

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Last Night with the Duke (The Rakes of St. James, #1)Last Night with the Duke by Amelia Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series: The Rakes of St. James Series (3 books)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Categories: Romance
Setting: London
Author Website: http://www.ameliagrey.com/

About this series:
Three sons of dukes decide to commit a prank on Polite Society and get labelled the Rakes of St. James. But sometimes bad boys grow up to be honorable men.

About this book:

The Duke of Griffin has a problem. He has been labeled a rake by society but now his younger twin sisters are about to enter their first Season. How does he keep young rakes away from his sisters?

Esmeralda Swift is trying to live an honorable life despite the scandal – her mother fell in love with and married an impoverished poet – that ostracized her from the society. Esmeralda and her younger sister live above the employment agency that Esmeralda runs. That is until the Duke makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

I loved this book. Grey hit all the touchpoints. I laughed out loud. I cried. I felt true love between the hero and heroine. I was concerned in the first two chapters as there seemed to be repetitive telling, not showing. By chapter three Grey hit her stride and never looked back. I can’t wait to read book two due out in December 2017.

This series feels like a home run for Grey. I’ll be reviewing book two next, as my review copy arrived last week and I put it right at the top of my to be read pile.

Learn about other books in this series:

– To the Duke, with Love (Book #2)
– It’s All About the Duke (Book #3)

I received a free copy but voluntarily reviewed.

Dear Fahrenheit 451

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If you don’t have a best friend who is a librarian, get this book. Anyone who loves to read needs to find a librarian who likes to read the same books. I was lucky: a librarian found me and got me reading again after college. I haven’t stopped reading yet. And whenever I’m stumped about what to read next she can take a peek at my Goodreads To Be Read (TBR) list and pick out a half dozen good books. Actually, she can do it off the top of her head.

For those of you who aren’t besties with your local librarian, Annie Spence is trying to fill that void with “Dear Fahrenheit 451.” In this book Spence writes love letters to books she is seeing on her stacks. Some are love letters. Some are break up letters. All are recommendations to readers. She covers everything from children’s lit to female sexuality books.

This is a cute, quick read that will fill up your TBR pile faster than a visit to a bookstore. The one thing I wish the book had was an index that listed all the recommended books and cross-referenced it to the chapter in which it was discussed. I would’ve loved taking such a list, photocopying it, and crossing out all the books I’ve already read. I would have thought a librarian would have loved an index like that as well. One thing book lovers like to do is check off books from a list. I tried to make my own list but I only covered some of the fiction books. (See bit.ly/DearFahrenheit451.) Thanks to Spence I added 148 books to my TBR pile. And you can tell that some books were discussed in length while others were quick one sentence recommendations.

I may never read most of the books recommended by Spence but I know my librarian friend and I will have great discussions about them in the future. I love those discussions. I’m looking forward to them almost as much as I’m looking forward to reading and discovering new books. So if you don’t know what to read next check out this book and ask your librarian what she thinks of it. You may find some great reads and if you’re truly lucky you’ll find a great friend, too.