The Secret Life of Lords

It’s been ages since I’ve reviewed a historical romance. For some reason, it’s more contemporary pieces that come through, but I’m glad I broke the slump with The Secret Life of Lords by Elf Ahearn.

Heat Level:♥♥♥

Genre: Historical Romance

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Lady Claire is more than startled when Viscount Flavian reappears back into her life after two years of pained silence. He swears he sent word, but no letter ever came into her hands. She’s wary about welcoming him back into her life. When she visits at his home and things began to go horrifically wrong, she wonders if there’s more sinister things at play than just broken hearts and memories of the past.

Flavian doesn’t feel that he’s right for Claire, although he wants nothing more than to be the man by her side. Between his less than average mother, the secrets his estate holds, and his playful ward, he’s unsure if the bright ray of sunshine that is lady Claire is enough to brighten his halls. The fact is that his ward Arabella is too ill, even for Claire’s skills as a healer, and he can’t imagine drawing her into the figurative, and literal, mess. But sometimes it takes a strong woman to make a man admit that he needs more than a prayer to keep things going.

The imagery in this book made it so you could smell the dried lavender and feel the silk slip through your fingers. It’s clear that Ahearn did her research, as the terms used and scenes painted are true to the times. As a historian by degree, I appreciate that she took her due diligence while writing this book. But the facts don’t overpower the story where you’ll laugh at the side characters like Mrs. Gower, lust after Flavin, and root for Claire as she comes into her own as she navigates the cruel world around her. The Secret Life of Lords is a must-read for all historical romance fans. The only thing that got me was the fact that this is book two in the series. But no matter, reading out of line has never killed anyone!

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By Degrees

I must say that I’m a sucker for rockstar romances. The idea of an untouchable musician coming down to Earth for a special girl has always appealed to me, and Elle Casey has delivered in her book, By Degrees.

Heat Level:♥♥♥♥

Genre: New Adult Romance

Overall Rating: 4/5 Glass Slippers

Scarlett has been given the nickname “The Normalizer” for her ability to fix wayward celebs who are out of control. He sass and hard exterior is a protection that shields her from growing too attached to her charges. She’s had loss in her past that’s wounded her, so when her next client is so much like the one she failed, Scarlett dives head first into the challenge. But when she finds herself falling for the broken bad boy, an invisible line threatens to become crossed.

Tarin is the lead talent for By Degrees, and has gone from the cheeky, heart throb to a drugged out shell of his former self. He wants to tell Scarlett to mind her own business, but when she makes it clear that he is her business, he gives in to change. But will it be enough to save his career and his life?

Overall, this book was fantastic. It was a new spin on the rockstar romance genre and Scarlett fit the part perfectly. She was witty and strong, but believably human in a way that’s hard to find in some books. Tarin fit the bad boy mold spectacularly, although by the end of the book, I felt like he didn’t deserve to get the girl. I won’t spoil the ending, but that ending…well, it spoiled the romance for me. Still, I gave it 4/5 Glass Slippers because, if you ignore the twist, it was a wonderful read.