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A Breath of Scandal by Connie Mason

Posted August 26, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | | 0 Comments

A Breath of Scandal by Connie MasonA Breath of Scandal by Connie Mason
Series: Sin Trilogy #2
Published by Avon on March 1, 2001
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

Lord Julian Thornton, Earl of Mansfield by day and secret agent of the crown by night, has sworn never to love another woman. But then a mission goes wrong, and Julian is left for dead, his only hope a seductively mysterious gypsy woman named Lara. And when she marries him under gypsy law for his own protection, Julian is too entranced with the dark beauty to deny himself the benefits of their marriage. Yet even as he longs for their idyllic interlude to last, Julian knows his presence alone puts her very life in danger. Until he discovers Lara in the one place he never expected to see his wild gypsy enchantress...the one place where he isn't sure he can protect her—or his own heart.

From the moment Lady Lara, half-gypsy daughter of the Earl of Stanhope, finds a wounded stranger washed up on Scotland's rugged shore, she knows their destinies will be forever entangled. So when a band of smugglers comes looking for the dashing stranger, Lara doesn't hesitate to claim him as her husband "Drago." But when her mysterious husband goes back to his own world—and its dark secrets—Lara returns to her father to take her place as his heiress...never expecting to find her Drago across the earl's crowded ballroom. And although he still enthralls her, Lara is determined that she will never truly be his wife until he surrenders his heart as well.

Connie Mason is one of my go to historical romance authors. She does a great job pairing romance with adventure.

Julian is a man haunted by the death of his late fiance and unborn child. As a secret agent, he lives a double life and uses all of his resources to find the Jackal – the man responsible for his loss. Julian is close to discovering the man’s identity when he is captured. He barely escaped with his life. Found on a beach by a beautiful gypsy woman who nurses him back to health. His desire for her is uncontrollable, but he knows she and her tribe would be better off without him around.

Lara is drawn to the stranger and he sparks a need within that is undeniable. But she is also living a double life. She is the recognized bastard daughter of an English Lord and will be joining her father soon. She knows she and the man she rescued cannot be together.

They go their separate ways only to bump into each other a London party. Imagine their surprise. She thought he was a smuggler and he thought she was just a gypsy. Out of honor, Julian offers to marry here and she refuses – though they are already married gypsy style – and they must work together to bring the Jackal to justice and find their future.

A Breath of Scandal was a good book. Lara’s background and circumstance were different from the usual regency romance, but a tilted a bit to the unbelievable side. And there were times when Julian deserved a good slap for being an ass – he wasn’t the romantic hero he could have been, which is why I didn’t give A Breath of Scandal 4 stars. Still, it was a fun read.


Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty

Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty

Posted August 22, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | 0 Comments

  Monica McCarty is hands down one of my favorite historical authors. She writes with such care and detail and her characters are wonderful. Jamie Campbell is a man driven my loyalty and duty. He always does what’s right, not what’s easy. He never expect a woman would test him. Caitrina has lived a charmed, sheltered life and Jamie is drawn to her naïveté and reckless spirit. But life hits her hard and she learns what the real world is like the night her family is slain and her home destroyed. Jamie want to protect Caitrina and make her happy. By marrying her can help her regain her family’s land and rebuild their castle. The trouble is, she and her clansmen don’t trust the Campbells […]


A Taste of Sin by Connie Mason

A Taste of Sin by Connie Mason

Posted June 22, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | 1 Comment

A Taste of Sin is the first book within the Sin Trilogy. Lady Christy Macdonald, heiress of the Macdonald Clan, and Lord St.John Thorton are married at very young age – a decision made by the king. Christy is a wild seven-year-old and St.John, who goes by Sinjun/Lord Sin, was fourteen. Years pass without the two setting eyes on one another, which works perfectly. Lady Christy isn’t interested in a meddling husband and Lord Sin enjoys being married in name only – he can take as many lovers as he like without the risk of any permanent attachment or demands.  So, yep, all is good until Christy’s Clan grows restless with the taxes imposed on them by their absent lord and want her to annual […]


The Ghost by Monica McCarty

The Ghost by Monica McCarty

Posted May 27, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | 1 Comment

What an amazing series! The Ghost, sadly, is the last installment within the Highland Guard series. The author, Monica McCarty, has taken her readers on a magnificent journey and she ended it with a wonderful story. Not to mention, I’ve been anticipating Alex “Dragon” Seton’s book for some time now. He appeared in previous works and I always enjoyed his chivalric character. Two years prior, Alex left the mysterious Highland Guard and returned to England. Viewed as a traitor by the Scottish he once aided and untrusted by his fellow Englishmen, he struggles to find a common ground and peace. He is also interested in discovering the identity of the spy within the English camp that has been feeding intel to Bruce. Joan Comyn is […]


England’s Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch

England’s Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch

Posted April 8, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | 1 Comment

England’s Perfect Hero is the final book within the Lessons in Love trilogy. Finally, we get Lucinda’s story. Personally, she was my favorite out of the three ladies that decide they needed to give lessons to some of the most notorious and handsome rakes in London. Only, Lucinda isn’t interested in complicating her life with marriage like her two friends. She wants to provide the lesson, but not get swept away. So, she doesn’t think much of it when Robert offers to help. Robert Carroway was introduced in the previous book. He was quiet and all the reader really learns about his character is that he’s a war hero and a friend of the previously main characters. It was really interesting to see his character […]


Cursed by Ice by Jacquelyn Frank

Cursed by Ice by Jacquelyn Frank

Posted April 2, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | 2 Comments

Jacquelyn Frank’s world building in all of her books is top notch and Cursed by Ice is no different. She does a magnificent job of combining paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi to create captivating stories. Cursed by Ice is the second installment in the Immortal Brothers series.  Garreth is sensible with a strict honor code. He kind of reminded me of a Robin Hood character – championing the underdog. Like his brothers, Garreth has been cursed by the Gods for stealing immortality. Every night he is magically whisked away to freeze to death again and again, but by day, he is a warrior fighting to reclaim territory and subjects for a Goddess, who has had the power to end his and his brother’s torment. It is during […]


Blood and Snow by Felicity Heaton

Blood and Snow by Felicity Heaton

Posted March 28, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | 3 Comments

I was scrolling through my Nook and saw Blood and Snow for $0.99 – snatched it up. I love reading Felicity Heaton’s books and was a bit surprised that this one was standalone. A war has been raging between the vampires and humans for a couple hundred years. The setting is a bit medieval, which was great, and the world building was enchanting. The description of the surroundings and the breakdown of the garrison seemed so authentic. The book has a dark feeling about it and kind of reminded me of Underworld. Scarlet is a newly transformed vampire freshly enlisted. She has a huge crush on her superior, Captain Corazon. Ever since he saved during her first mission, she’s been in love with him and […]


London’s Perfect Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch

London’s Perfect Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch

Posted February 17, 2016 by Amanda in Book Review | 1 Comment

I read Suzanne Enoch’s Lessons in Love series years ago and forgot how much I enjoyed the characters. Evelyn Ruddick and her friends have devised a plan to reform on how to reform a rake. But being her brother’s political pawn, she never thought she has the opportunity to put her plan into action. Goodness knows she can’t do anything that would upset his political career. Evelyn’s character is super sweet, she had a great heart, and all wants to help those less fortunate than herself. Riding by the Heart of Hope Orphanage, she decides to dedicate her time to teaching the children – secretly, of course, since her brother would have a heart attack. Never did she suspect the owner of the orphanage would […]