Romancing the History - Book Reviews

Title: Charlotte 
Author: Virginia Taylor 
Release Date: February 2, 2016 
Publisher: Lyrical Press 
Genre: Historical Romance 

Format: Ebook

Title: Loving Lies 
Author: Tina Donahue 
Release Date: February 16, 2016 
Publisher: Lyrical Press 
Genre: Historical Romance 

Format: Ebook

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My Review

Two sensuous romances, each set sometime in history, but at very different times.
Charlotte and Nick are together in 1865, while Isabella and Fernando meet in 1488.
Both the couples have certain lies in their relationship when they meet. Some lies have been intentionally told, others the result of circumstances.
Both the love stories make for interesting reads, with strong female characters.
Both Charlotte and Isabella are independent and brave, who choose their own path, despite the restrictions of the times that they live in.

Charlotte and Nick - of Charlotte by Virginia Taylor - need each other to fool the pretentious society. But both have their hearts in the right place, however misplaced their good intentions and decisions maybe. 
It is fun reading about the two tip-toeing around each other as they strain the truth from the lies.
Then there are Sarah, Nell, Luke, Tony and many others, each with their own subtle background stories, that would be interesting more about. The author has woven a nice, easy-to-read, love story.

Isabella and Fernando - of Loving Lies by Tina Donahue - are caught in a lie that is not at all planned. An attraction that heats up the words from almost the beginning, the couple of this book should have had a perfect future. Except for that one lie, that hangs through most of the story.
It is like enjoying oneself, constantly waiting for the bubble to burst.
Loving Lies is an enjoyable erotic, historical romance to get lost in, and travel to another time.

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I received free copies of these in exchange for an honest review

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About the book


A marriage most inconvenient…

After losing his first love in childbirth, Nicholas Alden knows with a great certainty that he must never be a father. But to be a husband is a very different matter—mandated by South Australian society, necessary for his family name. So when he meets beautiful social climber Charlotte, he believes he has found a wife he can keep at arm’s length. He is terribly wrong.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Charlotte hopes Nick can prop up her reputation long enough to secure a suitable match for her beloved cousin. She assumes that is all she can ask of her new husband—until they succumb to a night of uninhibited passion. Her heart is won in his embrace, but he doesn’t know the truth of her scandalous parentage. If he did, all would be lost.

Still, somehow, Charlotte dares to hope that her match of convenience could become something more. It is a reckless gamble, but the prize—a marriage of blazing lifelong desire—is one worth any risk…

About the Author

Virginia Taylor is an Australian writer of contemporary romantic comedy, romantic suspense, historical romance, short stories, and children’s stories.

After a stint at the South Australian School of Art, I worked for an advertising agency,  re-trained as a nurse/midwife, and then married the man of my dreams. Two children later, I began writing romance. While awaiting publication, I painted and designed various theatre sets with a fellow School of Art graduate.In 2013 I sold my first novel-length story.

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About the Book

Loving Lies 

Deception knows no limits. Passion knows no bounds. When she is kidnapped, Senorita Isabella knows the men have been sent by her uncle in a murderous attempt to control her family’s fortune. But when she is rescued by a dashing and mysterious warrior, Isabella can’t imagine why a stranger would risk his life for her—until she discovers her rescuer believes she’s someone else….

Fernando de Zayas loves nothing more than the cry of battle. Defying death is his way of life. But when he discovers his betrothed has been kidnapped, he rushes to her aid—never suspecting that spirited beauty would soothe his warrior heart… With her uncle’s minions close on their heels, Isabella finds herself drawing closer to Fernando. But as the desire between them builds, her secret could keep them apart forever…

About the Author

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Kensington, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Siren Publishing, Booktrope, and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Adored; Deep, Dark, Delicious; Lush Velvet Nights) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away (erotic romance) captured second place in the NEC-RWA contest. And The Yearning (erotic paranormal) was honored with an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. She’s featured in the 2012 Novel and Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.



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