The Bittersweet Bride by Vanessa Riley Rating: 4 stars Kudos: Diverse cast, a true villain, and a delicious, sweet romance Review: This is my first Vanessa Riley book and it won’t be my last. I’ve always loved historical romance novels, but Riley brought something new to the table. A story about a flower girl who fell in love with the second son of a lord. Theodosia Cecil is our flower seller. No longer, a woman selling bouquets for pence, but the widow of a man who left her flower gardens to tend. Except Theo has a problem, she needs to wed. Not only to protectRead More →

Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Kudos for: Diversity in characters, challenging my beliefs about how heroes should act, and a surprising storyline/plot The second in Leigh’s London Underground series is a triumph in bringing diversity to Victorian England. Add in a talented, sassy heroine and a hero who’s not intimidated by a woman who knows her business. Yes, he’s all male and not afraid if his woman shows him up, or in this case, she hoodwinks him. This story kept me on my toes. Every time I thought I’d figured out what would happen next, whether characterRead More →

This Thursday Reads is brought to you by Bang the fifth book in the Hard Rock Harlots series by Kendall Grey. The Hard Rock Harlot series so far has been one of the filthiest erotic romance series I’ve read. With the fifth book, Grey stepped out of the box further and went total Lesbian Erotica. You read that right. There’s no HEA, which is something she readily admits to. My little secret, I finished the book and learned from the experience that no HEA is not for me. That doesn’t mean this book was bad, it meant I had to keep reminding myself this wasn’tRead More →