School for Scandal by Susan Johnson
James Bell, Viscount Ormond, is a known
rake, a seducer of women known throughout the ton. Now, he’s
set his sights on Claire Russell’s sister, and she doesn’t
intend for that to happen. She goes to a party at his house,
intent on breaking them apart, but when Ormond and
schoolteacher Claire meet, sparks fly. Something neither of
School for Scandal has an
intriguing plot and delves beautifully into the ton of
Victorian society. I was prepared not to like Ormond, but I
just couldn’t help myself. He wormed his way into my heart,
as he did with Claire. School for Scandal is a
hot, tempting story that will delight readers.
Mischief and the Marquess by Sylvia Day
Lady Sophie Milton-Riley and Justin, the
Marquess of Fontaine, are childhood friends. They have no
desire to marry, despite the fact that their mothers are
trying to push them together.
Sophie, who is “quite ruined,” tells
Justin that they must find a way to let their mothers know
that marriage is not possible, but things don’t quite turn out
that way. After they are convinced of their love for one
another, Justin must find a way to restore Sophie’s place in
society, so they can live happily ever after.
I absolutely loved Mischief and the
Marquess. Both Sophie and Justin were fun characters
who made me laugh. They were perfect together and I loved
watching them discover it. This story is a keeper to be
The Ruby Kiss by Noelle Mack
Susannah Fowler has come to England from
India, where she was raised in the maharajah’s palace, after
the death of her father, a jeweler. Susannah is a
free-spirited, quick-witted woman who is used to the laid-back
world of the palace, not the stuffy, closed-in world of
Carlyle Jameson, a servant of the Queen,
promised Susannah’s father he’d bring her back to England. He
knows that Susannah, unbeknownst to herself, has a corset full
of stolen jewels. He needs to retrieve them from her and
return them to the person who hid them. He doesn’t expect to
be so attracted to her, or to have a shadowy figure following
her, trying to get the jewels for another party.
The Ruby Kiss is a sweet
tale full of intrigue and discovery. I loved Susannah’s
strong spirit and the way Carlyle worked to make things
right. They were perfect together.
Perfect Kisses is a great
anthology, featuring three very different historical stories
that are sure to please readers of historical fiction. It is
definitely a book for the keeper shelf.